Among other anticipated titles, the closing weekend of OUTFEST 2019 brings the Los Angeles premiere of VITA & VIRGINIA, directed by Chanya Button and co-written by Button and Eileen Atkins.
The great Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager, Widows, the forthcoming Burnt Orange Heresy) would seem born to play Virginia Woolf, London modernist and author of the the sex-and-gender-switching novel Orlando (1928).
The inspiration for Orlando was Vita Sackville-West (portrayed by Gemma Arterton in the film), the British poet and aristocrat who contrived to seduce Woolf, an arrangement that threatened Vita’s marriage to bisexual diplomat Harold Nicolson slightly more than Virginia’s to publisher Leonard Woolf—open marriages more common than not among their Bloomsbury set.
Saturday, July 27, at 8:30 pm.
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.
From top: Elizabeth Debicki (left) and Gemma Arterton in Vita & Virginia (2); Protagonist Pictures poster; Isabella Rossellini (left) as Lady Sackville, Vita’s mother and Debicki; Debicki and Arterton.