Mary Queen of Scots (2018, UK/USA, Josie Rourke, 2hr 4 mins, 15) is a period drama that follows the relationship of two 16th century queens. Unfolding over a 26 year period, the film begins with the recently widowed Mary Stuart (Soairse Ronan) returning to Scotland to claim the throne and advance her additional right to England's crown that is held by her heirless cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). The story focuses on the two queens as formidable equals who have a kind of respect for each other who struggle to control their destinies in a world controlled by manipulative male confidants pursuing their own interests and viewing their gender as a threat. Josie Rourke's feature debut is a beautifully shot, thrilling tale that boasts commanding performances from Filmbox favourites Ronan and Robbie and a fine supporting cast including David Tennant (John Knox) and Line of Duty's Martin Compston (Lord Bothwell). Come along for a heartfelt movie containing plenty of plot whilst presenting an alternative view on the life of Mary.
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Please Note: This film is in the Performance Hall at 7.45pm - there is another film on the same night at 7.30pm in Studio 609. You cannot watch both screenings.