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The Favourite

A frail queen and her scheming friend vie for the affections of a new servant.


Why watch this film?

The acclaimed director Yorgos Lanthimos' film, ‘The Lobster,’ reimagines the period of Queen Anne's reign, who unified England and Scotland to create Great Britain. Lanthimos takes many poetic liberties in this farcical version of Anne's story, as we get to know a fragile queen who is subordinate to the machinations of those closest to her. This creates a subtext about power and corruption that is relevant to this day. The great performances of the main trio (Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone), photography, editing, costume design, and direction – all were nominated for Academy Awards. Olivia ended up taking home the Best Actress statue.



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In early 18th-century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her closest friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country while tending to Anne’s health. When new servant Abigail arrives, Sarah takes Abigail under her wing as she cunningly schemes to return to her aristocratic roots, setting off an outrageous rivalry to become the Queen’s favourite.

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