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Emily (Frances O'Connor, 2023) prod. Arenamedia: Robert Connolly & Robert Patterson, David Barron, Piers Tempest; Emma Mackey, Joe Alwyn, Fionn Whitehead, Emily Beecham; Emily Brontë biopic; release 12Jan23; NOT Australasian – Australian director's first film; imagines the transformative, exhilarating, and uplifting journey to womanhood of a rebel and a misfit, one of the world's most famous, enigmatic, and provocative writers who died too soon at the age of 30.
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 87% of 39 critics have given the film a positive review, with an average rating of 7.3 out of 10. The website's critical consensus reads, "With a bracingly irreverent approach to its story and Emma Mackey bringing Brontë vibrantly to life, Emily is a biopic that manages to feel true while taking entertaining creative liberties." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 77 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
In his review for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw describes the film as "beautifully acted, lovingly shot, fervently and speculatively imagined". Mark Kermode describes Emily as a "full-blooded gothic fable", praising O’Connor's "spine-tingling feature debut".
The film received three awards at the Dinard British Film Festival: Golden Hitchcock, Best Performance Award for Emma Mackey and Audience Award.
Keast, Jackie 2021, 'Frances O’Connor on her ode to young women and misfits, Emily, IF, 12 January.
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