Screening: The War Within: A Portrait of Virginia Woolf

4 September 2014, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre


  • Late Shift

Virginia Woolf, by George Charles Beresford, July 1902 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Virginia Woolf
by George Charles Beresford
July 1902
NPG P221

‘An extraordinarily moving portrait of one of the giants of twentieth century literature’. (American Film Institute).

From unique footage and interviews, paintings, music and haunting family photos of a Victorian childhood of both beauty and abuse, this definitive documentary interweaves the personal story of Woolf’s life and work with the turbulent times in which she lived. The documentary is narrated by Ian Redford. The words of Virginia Woolf are spoken by the late Anna Massey; Vita Sackville West is voiced by her grand-daughter, Juliet Nicolson.

John Fuegi and Jo Francis have co-produced, co-scripted, and co-directed three other documentaries which together with The War Within form the Women of Power series. Other subjects are Danish  novelist, actress, photographer, director and long-time Brecht collaborator, Ruth Berlau; Hildegard of Bingen; and computing pioneer Ada Lovelace. They are currently working on a film on German-born Maria Sibylla Merian, now seen as part of the Dutch Golden Age and as prominent explorer and scientist/ecologist avant la lettre. Women of Power is generously supported by the Kingston Writing School.

(Dir: John Fuegi/Jo Francis, 1995; 53 mins.). Followed by Q&A with the directors. 

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Doors open at 18.45pm

The Virginia Woolf: Art Life and Vision Adult Learning Programme is made possible in loving memory of Rosemary Evison.