The Favourite
The Favourite
Release date
1st Jan 2019
Running time
1hr 59mins
Yorgos Lanthimos
Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, Nicholas Hoult

The Favourite

15 cinema age rating  

Queen Anne holds the throne while her kingdom is at war with the French. But her ill-health and strange sensibilities mean it’s down to a trusted friend to take charge within a turbulent palace. The Favourite is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and stars Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone.

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It’s the early 18th Century, and England is ruled by Queen Anne (Olivia Coleman). Despite the country being at war with the French, the Queen is fragile, physically and mentally. It’s down to her most trusted ally and friend, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) to rule secretly in her stead.

In the midst of the chaos caused by the quick to anger ruler, a new servant named Abigail (Emma Stone) is hired by the palace. Charming and endearing, Abigail quickly wins Sarah over who then takes the servant under her wing, promising a better life.

Unfortunately, Sarah’s attention is pulled from Abigail and the Queen to the brutal politics of war. In her absence, Abigail steps in as the Queen’s new aide. Taking full advantage of this opportunity, Abigail has a lazer-sharp focus on her new potential life – and won’t let anything stand in her way.

The Favourite is the newest film from surreal filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer). Starring frequent collaborator Olivia Coleman (Murder on the Orient Express) as Queen Anne, Rachel Weisz (Disobedience) and Emma Stone (La La Land) co-star in an unusual historical drama that’s set to become a future classic.

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