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Feminist Film Club: Orlando

The Tyneside Cinema Feminist Film Club is a monthly screening series that celebrates brilliant films made by women from the history of cinema.


ORLANDO is a story of the quest for love, and it is also an ironic dance through English history. Addressing contemporary concerns about gender and identity, the film is remarkably true to the spirit of Virginia Woolf, but it also skilfully adapts the original story to give it a striking, cinematic form.

The screenplay is a standard text taught in film schools as a radical and successful adaptation of a classic work. ORLANDO is a bold, unsentimental re-working of Virginia Woolf's classic novel in which an innocent aristocrat journeys through 400 years of English history first as a man, then as a woman. Young nobleman Orlando (Tilda Swinton) is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp) to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British history, experiencing a variety of lives and relationships along the way, and even changing sex.


Film Information

Running Time: 1hr 34mins

BBFC Advice: PG

Director(s): Sally Potter

Country of Origin: UK, Russia, Italy, France, Netherlands

Year of release:

Language(s): English; French with English subtitles

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