THE DANISH GIRL
2015, Focus Features, 120 min, UK/Germany/USA, Dir: Tom Hooper

The Danish girl of the title started out as a man - Einar Wegener, who was one of the first recipients of sex-reassignment surgery in 1930. Eddie Redmayne has drawn raves for his performance in the role, as has Alicia Vikander, who plays Wegener’s painter wife, Gerda. The shift in their relationship is complicated by the arrival of art dealer Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts) in this thought-provoking adaptation of David Ebershoff’s novel. “There’s no denying that Hooper and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon have delivered a cinematic landmark, one whose classical style all but disguises how controversial its subject matter still remains.” - Peter Debruge, Variety


THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
2014, Focus Features, 123 min, USA, Dir: James Marsh

Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) met while students at the University of Cambridge shortly before Hawking was given a devastating diagnosis of motor neurone disease. Based on Jane’s 2008 memoir, this affecting biopic charts their 25-year marriage, as Stephen’s health problems mount along with his fame as one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists. Both Redmayne and Jones are extraordinary here, and they receive strong support from Charlie Cox, Emily Watson and David Thewlis.


MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
2011, The Weinstein Company, 99 min, UK, USA, Dir: Simon Curtis

During the British production of THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL, eager film student and gopher Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) diaries about the heated on-set conflict between breathy, Method-y American icon Marilyn Monroe (a luminous Michelle Williams) and the rigorous, classically trained Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh). Colin's insatiable crush on the wiggly starlet is heightened when Marilyn takes a week-long interest in him, inviting the young man into her private world beyond the flashing cameras and Chanel No. 5 - a world racked with insecurities, depression and a desire to be free of her screen persona.


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