by Lee Hazell
In The Invisible Woman Ralph Fiennes plays Charles Dickens and looks so much the part I find myself astonished he’s never been asked to play him before. So was he apparently, because if he was going to get that role he would have to direct the film himself. And he has done. This is it. The film stars an ensemble cast of British veterans doing what it is they wish they were doing whist whiling away the hours on the set of Harry Potter. Set in the time where Dickens’s fame was beginning to have a profound effect upon him psychologically, it focuses on the courtship between Dickens’ and his secret mistress, a relationship he would deny to his death. This looks to be a quintessential British period drama. Lavish and impractical costumes, repressed passion and the adherence to a societal hierarchy that borders on the fanatical. The drama looks enticing, the love triangle intriguing and the performances astonishing. Opens February 7th.