COMBINING an explosive academic theory with a sentimental screenwriter and a thrill-seeking action director makes Anonymous a period-piece with clout.

Anonymous

Cert. 12

ROLAND Emmerich (Independence Day, Godzilla) brings his imposing vision to the sumptuous Elizabethan era, investigating the theory that 'William Shakespeare' was simply a public face for the Earl of Oxford's monumental body of work.

Refusing to rely on the love-story between Elizabeth I (played by Joely Richardson and later, Vanessa Redgrave) and the young Earl, (Jamie Cambell-Bower and later, Rhys Ifans) Anonymous addresses the Virgin Queen's back-stabbing court, political crises and of course, the enlightening, sometimes undeniable, evidence, supporting the bold theory.