Vita & Virginia (2017)


Release Date: 2017

Status: Pre-Production
Character: Virginia Woolf
Director: Chanya Button
Co-Star: Gemma Arterton
Written by: Dame Eileen Atkins, Chanya Button
Based on: Vita & Virginia, a stage play by Dame Eileen Atkins which debuted in 1992. The play was based on letter correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated

A visceral true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.

Eva Green’s Role

Eva plays literary icon Virginia Woolf during the time period of 1927-1928 when she wrote “Orlando”, a novel inspired by her relationship with friend and lover Vita Sackville-West.

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Chanya Button

On the film

“Focusing on the time in 1927-8 during which Woolf wrote ‘Orlando’, the novel their relationship inspired, ‘Vita & Virginia’ will be a visceral love story, a vivid exploration of creativity, and an energized perspective on one of our most iconic writers. We so often associate women of the past with oppression, bound by the duties of marriage, propriety and domesticity; but what ‘Vita & Virginia’ offers is an example of a relationship where bold, brilliant women bent these institutions to their will at great personal cost.”

“Orlando is one of Woolf’s most iconic novels, in which she completely upends ideas about what is traditionally male and female. Vita and Virginia’s relationship as the inspiration for that is a really exciting way of giving a contemporary audience an invigorated view of an iconic writer we have come to associate with the way she passed away.”


Mike Goodridge, Protagonist Pictures CEO

On the film

“We just love this witty and evocative screenplay by Eileen Atkins and Chanya Button. This is a playful and sexual Virginia Woolf, far removed from the gloom often associated with her, and Vita Sackville-West is a vivacious and flamboyant character who dominates high society in London in the 1920s.”


Virginia Nicholson, author and great-niece of Virginia Woolf

On Virginia Woolf’s portrayal in the film

“I’m in favour of Woolf’s playful and imaginative side being reflected. Too many interpreters have emphasised her as a gloomy neurotic, so that will make a change.”

Eva’s character Virginia Woolf
Production Trivia & Facts
Is an English-Irish co-production.

This film is Eva’s third collaboration with a female director on a feature film. The first was in Cracks (2009) with Jordan Scott and the second is in Euphoria (2017) with Lisa Langseth. She has previously worked with female directors on her television projects: Michelle MacLaren in Camelot (2011), Coky Giedroyc, Dearbhla Walsh and Kari Skogland in Penny Dreadful (2014-2016)

This film is Eva’s debut as an Executive Producer. Eva would executive produce the film alongside Simon Baxter and co-star Gemma Arterton. Producers Katie Holly and Evangelo Kioussis are also on board on the project.

The film will focus on the friendship and love affair between Woolf and Sackville-West on the time period of 1927-1928 when Virginia Woolf wrote “Orlando”, a novel inspired by Virginia and Vita’s relationship.

This film marks the fulfillment of one of Eva’s dream role: Virginia Woolf. She has previously stated her wish to play her in our Exclusive Interview with her in 2016.

Director Chanya Button previously worked with Gemma Arterton’s sister Hannah in her first full length feature film Burn Burn Burn (2015).

Gemma Arterton and Chanya Button are both graduates of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Gemma graduated in 2007 with a BA in Acting Degree (H Level) while Chanya graduated in 2010 with a MA in Theatre Directing. Gemma’s sister Hannah who Chanya previously worked with in Burn Burn Burn (2015) is also a RADA alumna having graduated in 2011 with a BA in Acting Degree (H Level).

The film’s Casting Director Lucy Rands is a frequent collaborator of director Chanya Button. Rands was also the casting director of Button’s feature film debut Burn Burn Burn (2015).

Filming is due to begin in the Spring of 2017.

Both Eva and Gemma Arterton has appeared in Daniel Craig James Bond movies. Eva played Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006) while Gemma played Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace (2008).

Dame Eileen Atkins who co-wrote the film and whose play the film is based on, formerly played Virginia Woolf on stage with longtime friend and fellow actress Vanessa Redgrave taking on the role of Vita Sackville-West.

Virginia Woolf’s descendants have given the film their approval. Moreover, they are in favour of Woolf’s playful and imaginative side being reflected in the film.
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