A film and book club for avid readers and Deptford cinephiles. Every second Sunday afternoon of the month, we will meet up to watch a film adaptation of a book or a writer’s biopic.
dir. Sally Potter
starring. Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Lothaire Bluteau, Quentin Crisp, Charlotte Valandrey, Heathcote Williams
a film directed by Sally Potter
based on the novel
ORLANDO: A BIOGRAPHY by Virginia Woolf
In April, Deptford Cinema’s Film and Book Club will focus on a collaboration between two women auteurs: film director Sally Potter’s Orlando (1992), which is freely adapted from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography (1928), the fictional memoir of her friend and lover Vita Sackville West.
Starring Tilda Swinton in her break-out role, this cross-temporal, cross-gender, and cross-genre period drama follows the eponymous protagonist through the ages, from the Elizabethan era to the 1990s, and from manhood to womanhood.
Almost thirty years on, Sally Potter’s film feels timely, prompting questions around gender ambiguity, sexual identity and queerness. Politically engaged and aesthetically daring - with its central character ‘breaking the fourth wall’ to reflect Woolf’s convention of addressing her readers directly - Orlando is a highly-stylised and visually-ravishing adaptation, unsurprisingly nominated for an Academy Award for Sally Powell’s costume design.
To compliment the screening of Orlando, please join us at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10th April in the Dog and Bell pub, Deptford for an informal discussion of the book and its central themes.
You are welcome to come along to the screening even if you haven’t read the book.