Director: Ralph Fiennes
Writer(s): Abi Morgan and Claire Tomalin
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott Thomas
Awards: Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Costume Design
Running Time: 111 minutes
Nelly, a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity.
Dickens – famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success – falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens as a brilliant amateur actor; a man more emotionally coherent on the page or on the stage than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them the secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of invisibility.