The Invisible Woman

Contains moderate sex and sex references

About this Film

'The Invisible Woman' focuses on the 19th-century literary great and his clandestine relationship with a young mistress.

This costume drama charts the little-known affair between Charles Dickens and the young actress Nelly Ternan. While attempting to adhere to the strict moral and social codes of the Victorian era, neither Nelly nor the famed author can ignore the intoxicating power of their attraction. Fearing scandal, they conduct their relationship in a state of utmost secrecy.

'The Invisible Woman' stars Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones.

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  • Cast members
    Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Michelle Fairley
  • Running time
    111 minutes
  • Directed by
    Ralph Fiennes
  • Language

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Total Film - 4/5 Stars

The author who asked for more

Charles Dickens may have achieved worldwide fame as a novelist, but what really fascinated him was the theatre. Early in his career he applied for an acting audition (but missed it when he caught a cold), tried writing plays (they’re pretty terrible), and for 17 years toured the world giving highly dramatised readings from his own novels.

He loved and idealised actors, so it wasn’t too surprising that he began a scandalous affair with a young actress in 1857 that would last until his death.

Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady) has based her script on the biography of the same title by Claire Tomalin. Ellen ‘Nelly’ Ternan (Felicity Jones) is just 18, a member of a professional acting family, when Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) casts her in a play he’s producing in Manchester – a melodrama written by his friend and fellow-novelist Wilkie Collins (Tom Hollander).

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Woman invisible

Reviewer: MontessoriDate: 2014-02-20

Absolute garbage, I nearly fell asleep which is most unusual for me. It was so bad that I'm wring my first review!


Reviewer: Jemima RavenhurstDate: 2014-02-13

We enjoyed the film immensely, but I don't think it was quite what I expected. Ralph Fiennes was superb, as ever, but I don't think the film goes deeply enough into their relationship and I was left wanting to know more!


Reviewer: CarmillaDate: 2014-02-09

Mesmerising film - beautifully acted, a sensitive story told with honesty and compassion. Fiennes is wonderful as Dickens.

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