Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • 2007
  • UK / France
  • 1h 54min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
  • Written by: William Nicholson, Michael Hirst
  • Cast: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen, Rhys Ifans, Jordi Mollà, Abbie Cornish, Samantha Morton
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Website: www.elizabeththegoldenage.net

An exploration of the forbidden love between Elizabeth I (Blanchett) and Sir Walter Raleigh (Owen) as she prepares to go to war to defend her empire, while trying to balance her royal duties with her affection for Raleigh. Much of the film's blood and thunder liveliness comes from the sheer relish Blanchett brings to her role, with excellent support from Owen. The star of this sumptuous pantomime, however, is costume designer Alexandra Byrne whose startling work will leave you gobsmacked.

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Queen Elizabeth I film angers Catholic Church

2 Nov 2007

Cate Blanchett’s new film - in which she plays Queen Elizabeth I for the second time - has come under a torrent of abuse from various corners of the Catholic Church, for what is described as ‘anti-papist propaganda’. Professor Franco Cardini, a…

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

1 Nov 20073 stars

DRAMA/HISTORY (12A) 114min The allure of the Virgin Queen continues. It’s 1585 and Queen Elizabeth I of England (Cate Blanchett) is being besieged by possible suitors, sedition and the Spanish superpower led by bow-legged arch Catholic fundamentalist…

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