Vita and Virginia (LGBTQ+ History Month Film & Guest Speaker)

February 18

Fascinating period drama/biopic from director Chanya Button (Burn,Burn,Burn) that brings a modern sensibility and excellent soundtrack to the relationship between aristocrat and author Vita Sackville-West (the versatile Gemma Arterton, Their Finest, Gemma Bovery) and literary icon Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki, hotfoot from Widows). The film charts the relationship’s impact on Woolf’s landmark work Orlando. Drawing on Woolf’s letters, the screenplay is largely written by actor and much more Eileen Atkins. 

We welcome Chris Park of Sutton LGBTQ+ Forum and Virginia Woolf author Prof. Susan Grayzel for Q&A.

‘Diverting hothouse flower of a movie … intriguing and uncompromisingly high-minded … a vehement, urgent idealism.’

Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

BIFA nomination


Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini

Film Information

Title Vita and Virginia (LGBTQ+ History Month Film & Guest Speaker)
Directed by Chanya Button
Genre 12A
Running Time 110 mins
Release Year 2019
Subtitles No
Colour Yes
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