The Invisible Woman

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    The Invisible Woman Synopsis

    Nelly, a happily married mother and school teacher, 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 - a brilliant amateur actor - a man more emotionally coherent in his work, or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens' passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of 'invisibility'.

    Directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes (CORIOLANUS), and rising talent Felicity Jones. Based on the book by Claire Tomalin.

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    Academy Award nominated for Costume Design by Michael O'Connor.

    BAFTA nominated for Costume Design by Michael O'Connor.

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    Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, Joanna Scanlan


    Ralph Fiennes


    Stewart Mackinnon, Gabrielle Tana, Christian Baute, Carolyn Marks Blackwood


    Abi Morgan

    Executive Producers:

    Sharon Harel, Maya Amsellem, Eve Schoukroun, Stefano Ferrari, Christine Langan, Jamie Laurenson

    Sales agent:

    WestEnd Films



    Credits summary:

    BBC Films and BFI in association with WestEnd Films present A Headline Pictures and Magnolia Mae Films Production



    Running time:

    111 mins

    Release Dates


    7 February 2014

    Out on DVD

    16 June 2014

    Broadcast on

    22 October 2016

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