Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
2018, 119 min, R
Cast: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Q&A with Dr. Holly Brewer after Fri. Jan. 25 7:30 pm screening
Dr. Holly Brewer
Burke Chair of American History and Associate Professor
Department of History, University of Maryland
Holly Brewer is a specialist in early American history and the early British empire. Professor Brewer is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and co-editor of the American Society for Legal History’s book series. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for Humanities, the National Humanities Center, and the Huntington Library, among others.
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
“I started jotting down clever dialogue from The Favourite in my notepad but I had to stop when I realized I was essentially transcribing the entire script.” – Chris Hewitt, Minneapolis Star Tribune