Shirley
Running Time:
107mins
Genre:
Biography
Director:
Josephine Decker
Starring:
Michael Stuhlbarg, Barry Cook, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Elisabeth Moss, David Hinojosa, Odessa Young, Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman, Sue Naegle, Sarah Gubbins
Censor advice:
strong bloody images, sex, language
Synopsis:
Set in the early 1950s, the film charts an imagined chapter in the life of writer Shirley Jackson (Elizabeth Moss), who has recently become a literary sensation. When her philandering professor husband (Michael Stuhlbarg) invites a newlywed couple into their home, the reclusive writer is forced to change her routine, which heightens tensions in their already tempestuous household. This change acts as a catalyst, sparking inspiration for the anxiety-prone writer. As she becomes enamoured with Rose, her unsuspecting new muse, Shirley’s obsession plunges her into a quasi-delirium, awakening a repressed femininity that could inspire her next masterpiece. From executive producer Martin Scorsese, and co-starring Odessa Young and Logan Lerman, this bewitching psychological drama is a portrait of an artist unravelling. Cleverly blending fiction and reality, Decker celebrates the rebelliousness of Jackson’s art, as well as the undying power of the female voice in the face of patriarchal, mid-century America.
Synopsis:
Set in the early 1950s, the film charts an imagined chapter in the life of writer Shirley Jackson (Elizabeth Moss), who has recently become a literary sensation. When her philandering professor husband (Michael Stuhlbarg) invites a newlywed couple into their home, the reclusive writer is forced to change her routine, which heightens tensions in their already tempestuous household. This change acts as a catalyst, sparking inspiration for the anxiety-prone writer. As she becomes enamoured with Rose, her unsuspecting new muse, Shirley’s obsession plunges her into a quasi-delirium, awakening a repressed femininity that could inspire her next masterpiece. From executive producer Martin Scorsese, and co-starring Odessa Young and Logan Lerman, this bewitching psychological drama is a portrait of an artist unravelling. Cleverly blending fiction and reality, Decker celebrates the rebelliousness of Jackson’s art, as well as the undying power of the female voice in the face of patriarchal, mid-century America.
Opens on: Fri 30 Oct
Opens on: Sat 31 Oct
Opens on: Sun 1 Nov
Opens on: Mon 2 Nov
Opens on: Tue 3 Nov
Opens on: Wed 4 Nov
Opens on: Thu 5 Nov
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