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Article  •  8 December 2022


A new film is coming out, all about the life of Emily Brontë

And it’s the perfect excuse to re-read her works.

Love Emily Brontë? Then you’re going to want to watch the new film EMILY, which is all about the life of the prolific author. Telling the real and imagined story of Emily Brontë’s role as a rebel, misfit and literary genius, the movie is sure to win the hearts of book lovers everywhere.

In addition to revolving around Emily Brontë, the film also has a tenuous connection to another female literary icon: Jane Austen. Frances O’Connor, the movie’s writer and director played Fanny Price in the 1999 film adaptation of Mansfield ParkOften ranked amongst the best adaptations of Austen’s works, it’s safe to say that her prior experience in that movie is a good indication of O’Connor’s talent for period pieces. 

Just as her acting artfully embodied the most humanising qualities of Fanny Price, O’Connor’s talent in directing and writing shines a light on a new – more human – side of Emily Brontë.

The film comes out on January 12, with special events throughout December leading up to the release date.

EMILY cast

The trailer


Emily Brontë books

Want to revisit the author’s works before watching the movie?

Check these out:

Wuthering Heights book cover.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights is the tale of two families both joined and riven by love and hate. Cathy is a beautiful and wilful young woman torn between her soft-hearted husband and Heathcliff, the passionate and resentful man who has loved her since childhood. The power of their bond creates a maelstrom of cruelty and violence which will leave one of them dead and cast a shadow over the lives of their children.
The Complete Poems of Emily Bronte book cover.

The Complete Poems by Emily Brontë

The poems of Emily Jane Brontë are passionate and powerful works that convey the vitality of the human spirit and of the natural world. Only twenty-one of her poems were published during her lifetime - this volume contains those and all others attributed to her. Many poems describe the mythic country of Gondal and its citizens that she imagined with Anne, and remain the only surviving record of their joint creation. Other visionary works, including 'Remembrance' and 'No coward soul is mine', boldly confront mortality and anticipate life after death. And poems such as 'Redbreast early in the morning' and 'The blue bell is the sweetest flower' evoke the wild beauties of nature she observed on the Yorkshire moors, while also examining the state of her psyche.


Special Event Q&A Screenings

Want to hear from Frances O’Connor herself? The director will be attending special Q&A screenings From Sunday 11 December 2022 – Saturday 17 December 2022.

More details here

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Wuthering Heights (Vintage Classics Bronte Series)
Part of the Vintage Classics Brontë Series: three sisters, three major novels, beautifully designed
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The Complete Poems
In her introduction, Janet Gezari discusses issues of dating and authenticity that arise with Brontë's poems, and the ways in which the Gondal poems relate to the lost prose narratives on the same subject.
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