U.S., 2018, 125 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Josie Rourke, Rated R, Focus Features
"Director Rourke exhibits confidence and enthusiasm in dealing with such juicy material in the company of her two outstanding young actresses." – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
Based on Dr. John Guy’s interpretation of the life of the Scottish Queen, Mary Queen of Scots breaks Mary (Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan) free from misconceptions of her as a weak or sexually promiscuous monarch. In the dramatic feature directorial debut of theatrical visionary Josie Rourke, Mary Queen of Scots depicts the betrayal and rebellion within Mary’s turbulent court, where the men around Mary never ceased to plot her downfall. The film unfolds against the backdrop of Mary’s relationship with her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I (Oscar nominee Margot Robbie). Two women who uniquely understood, captivated and challenged each other, they were both forced to make great and contrasting sacrifices in a male-dominated world - and pay the price for power.