Magazine article Variety

'Vita & Virginia' Hits on Modern Themes

Magazine article Variety

'Vita & Virginia' Hits on Modern Themes

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PROTAGONIST PICTURES IS selling and will be showing footage for the first time of British filmmaker Chanya Button's "Vita & Virginia" to buyers at EFM. Starring Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton, Isabella Rossellini and Rupert Penry-Jones, the drama is set in 1920s London, and revolves around socialite Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf, who become romantically entangled, thus changing their lives forever. Button, who co-wrote the script with Eileen Atkins, produced and directed "Vita & Virginia," and spoke about her project, her inspirations, and the landscape for women in cinema.

What attracted you to this story?

Virginia Woolf has always been my favorite writer, so the opportunity to make a film about the inspiration behind one of her most iconic novels, "Orlando," was something I never dreamed I'd have. It was Gemma who brought me the project. She has demonstrated an incredible amount of faith in me, so the chance to work side by side with her was also a huge privilege.

What was your biggest challenge in realizing your vision?

With an independent film, the ground is always shifting beneath you, and your resources are always limited. Making the most of the budget we had was the greatest challenge. But, what you lack in money you can make up for in time and dedication. That's why we spent months searching for the perfect locations, and that's why I work with an unbelievably dedicated crew.

How do you feel about how women are treated as filmmakers in the industry? …

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