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Wild Nights With Emily

“Could forever change the narrative of the world’s most famous woman poet. Emily Dickinson — lesbian feminist hero“

— Jude Dry, Indiewire

DATE: 17 Mar 2019

TIME: 5:00 pm 

LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas

UNCLASSIFIED  15+

Year  2018

Country  USA

Language  English

Director  Madeleine Olnek

Genre  Comedy

Cast  Molly Shannon, Susan Ziegler

Run Time  76min

Awards & Screenings

SXSW 2018 Film Festival, Frameline 2018, Winner 2018 FilmOut San Diego Best Actress Award

Source  The Film Collaborative

SYNOPSIS

Molly Shannon plays Emily Dickinson in this dramatic comedy, directed by Madeleine Olnek (Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same and The Foxy Merkins). The poet’s persona, popularised since her death, became that of a reclusive spinster — a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. This film explores her vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years — most notably Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman (Susan Ziegler). After Emily died, the mistress of Emily’s brother along with editor T.W. Higginson would publish Emily’s poems. A fierce rivalry between Emily’s beloved and her Brother’s mistress in making known the work of this great poet is also the story of two sets of passionate, illicit lovers struggling for a place in history.