Poetry fans flock to preview

Talk by Emily Dickinson scholar

Cinemagoers and poetry fans flocked to our exclusive preview of A Quiet Passion (12A) on Saturday 25 March.

The film, due to be released in the UK on 7 April,  focuses on a poet with an exceptional ability to distil ‘amazing sense’  from ‘ordinary meanings’.  It features a searing central performance from Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon. The Guardian describes the film as ‘a masterpiece of mood’, while Richard Brody of The New Yorker calls it a ‘masterwork.’

Awarding it four out of five stars, The Guardian says Terence Davies’ biopic ‘finds beauty in the little things’.

‘The Sunset Song director’s film about the reclusive American poet overcomes the challenge of her closed, interior life, with the help of a great performance by Cynthia Nixon,’ critic Andrew Pulver says.

The film was followed by a brief talk entitled Quietly Public and Passionately Private by Dickinson scholar Dr Paraic Finnerty (pictured), Reader in English and American Literature at the University of Portsmouth, and an illuminating question and answer session on Dickinson, which touched on the Brontes, George Eliot and Sylvia Plath.
Dr Finnerty is the author of Emily Dickinson’s Shakespeare (2006), which examines Shakespeare’s reception in 19th century America and locates Dickinson’s allusions to his writings in this context. He is also co-author of Victorian Celebrity Culture and Tennyson’s Circle (2013).

Tickets are £6 and are available in advance from our Box Office, Bridport Tourist Information Centre or online.