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Once a favoured home of Queen Anne, Kensington Palace was at the heart of court life for almost a century, and its wood-paneled Queen’s State Apartments still resonate with the drama and grandeur of the Stuart monarchs. Now, in partnership with Fox Searchlight Pictures, costumes from a new feature film exploring the relationships and power struggles of Queen Anne and two of her closest female attendants will once again shine a light on this largely forgotten British monarch.
The first period film from director Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite explores Queen Anne’s intimate relations with her life-long friend and political advisor Lady Sarah Churchill, and Sarah’s impoverished cousin turned chambermaid Abigail. Starring BAFTA winner Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, alongside Oscar winning actresses Emma Stone (Abigail Hill) and Rachel Weisz (Sarah Churchill), The film charts the ruthless rivalry between Sarah and Abigail as they vie for the Queen’s favour and the all-important power conferred by capturing the affections of the monarch.
The film’s lavish costumes have been designed by three-time Oscar winning costume designer Sandy Powell, who has worked with Fox Searchlight Pictures and Historic Royal Palaces – the independent charity which cares for Kensington Palace – on creating a display in the historic Queen’s Gallery, once used by Anne and her husband for exercise during bad weather. This specially curated exhibit will showcase Powell’s bold visual approach to evoking court fashions on screen, and provide a sneak peek at what cinema-goers can expect when the film opens in the UK on 1 January. Taking inspiration from 18th century silhouettes, visitors will be able to discover how Powell and her team experimented with colour, fabric and design to create a stylized look that combines denim, laser-cut vinyls and even African prints. Each costume will be complemented by quotes from Powell, alongside historic context provided by Historic Royal Palaces curator Matthew Storey to help visitors uncover the fascinating story of Anne’s reign.
From Fox Searchlight Pictures, Film4 and Waypoint Entertainment, an Element Pictures/Scarlet Films Production, The Favourite is released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on January 1st 2019.
Notes to Editors
For further information and images please contact Adam Budhram in the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office: [email protected] or telephone: 0203 166 6307.
For further press information on The Favourite please contact Premier:
Eugene O’Connor / Oliver Lavery / Chris Hagen
Tel: + 44 20 7292 8330
The display of costume from The Favourite runs at Kensington Palace until 8 February 2019. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk/Kensington-Palace
Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk
Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and the films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of 21st Century Fox.
Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, both new and established.
Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years and David Mackenzie’s Starred Up.
Film4’s recent releases include Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete, Clio Barnard’s Dark River, Michael Pearce’s Beast, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, and Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting. Forthcoming releases include Bart Layton’s American Animals, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Tinge Krishnan’s Been So Long, Iain Morris’s The Festival, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Steve McQueen’s Widows, Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family, Tom Harper’s Wild Rose and Jim Hosking’s An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn. Films in production or pre-production include Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, Asif Kapadia’s Maradona, Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses, Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang, Coky Giedroyc’s adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s How To Build a Girl, and Chaplin from Peter Middleton and James Spinney.
For further information please visit www.film4productions.com.
About Waypoint Entertainment
Waypoint Entertainment is a film and television development, production, and finance company with a slate that includes: Scott Cooper’s HOSTILES starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike; Martin Zandvliet’s THE OUTSIDER starring Jared Leto; Shane Black’s detective thriller THE NICE GUYS starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling; Woody Harrelson’s LOST IN LONDON Harrelson, Owen Wilson, and Willie Nelson; and Terrence Malick's SONG TO SONG starring Ryan Gosling Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and Rooney Mara.
About Element Pictures
Element Pictures is headed by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin and London encompassing film and television production, distribution, and exhibition. Recent productions include Lenny Abrahamson's Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award-winning ROOM, Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER, winner of the Jury Prize in Cannes and Academy Award® nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Currently in post-production is Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman and Sebastián Lelio’s DISOBEDIENCE, starring Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola.
About Scarlet Films
Ceci Dempsey is the Managing Director of Scarlet Films, a film and television company based in London. Recent productions include Yorgos Lanthimos’s THE LOBSTER, which won the Jury Prize in Cannes and was nominated for an Academy Award® and a BAFTA Award®. THE FAVOURITE, which is currently in production, again with Lanthimos as director, was developed initially at Scarlet with the BFI. A number of feature and television projects will be announced shortly. Prior to becoming an independent producer, Dempsey had a number of executive positions at studios in LA and London across development and production, namely Lumiere Pictures, BSkyB, Eon Productions and CiBy 2000.