Recommended Film of the Week: The Favourite (15)

The Favourite is out in cinemas now.

The Favourite is out in cinemas now. - Credit: Archant

It is early 18th century and England is at war with the French.

Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma 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 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.

Also stars Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith and Mark Gatiss.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.