If you like royal drama this quirky new movie is for you

Olivia Colman and Emma Stone in The Favourite. (Screengrab: YouTube)
Olivia Colman and Emma Stone in The Favourite. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Cape Town – Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Olivia Colman star in the new period drama, The Favourite.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) the film is a bawdy, acerbic tale of royal intrigue, passion, envy and betrayal.

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. 

A frail Queen Anne (Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. 

When a new servant Abigail (Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.


A SA release date has yet to be confirmed.

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