There’s going to be a movie about the Bronte sisters


Anne, Emily, and Charlotte Brontë, by their brother Branwell (c. 1834).
Anne, Emily, and Charlotte Brontë, by their brother Branwell (c. 1834).
A new movie about the Bronte sisters? Yes please.

Take a seat fellow English Literature nerds, because much like Mark Darcy emerging from the lake in his dripping white shirt, this is the kind of news to make literary folk weak at the knees.

There’s going to be a movie about the Bronte sisters, those clever, doomed women born of difficult circumstances who against the odds – and recognition – wrote three of the most enduring books of all time.

Charlotte’s most famous novel was Jane Eyre. Emily wrote Wuthering Heights, and the youngest sister, Anne, wrote The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Written and directed by Sally Wainwright, author of Last Tango in Halifax and will screen on the BBC. Called To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters, it will be filmed in and around Yorkshire, where the very famous sisters lived.

Wainwright, who has won a BAFTA, said of her new project, “I am thrilled beyond measure that I’ve been asked by the BBC to bring to life these three fascinating, talented, ingenious Yorkshire women.”

BBC1 Controller, Charlotte Moore, told The Guardian of the new film,

“The Bronte sisters have always been enigmatic but Sally Wainwright’s brilliantly authentic new BBC1 drama brings the women behind some of our greatest literary masterpieces to life.

“It’s an extraordinary tale of family tragedy and their passion and determination, against the odds, to have their genius recognised in a male 19th century world.”

The film will cover the relationship between the sisters, their father who believed in literature and their brother Branwell who was a bit of an alcoholic burn-out.

Though, one hopes that the sisters come out a little better than they do in the British sketch comedy series, Psychobitches.


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