Eternal Beauty

Sally Hawkins is a schizophrenic woman coping with a hallucinatory existence in Craig Roberts’ bold, sometimes hilarious and disturbing exploration of mental illness.

Dir-Scr Craig Roberts
Prod Adrian Bate
With Sally Hawkins, Alice Lowe, David Thewlis
Sales Bankside Films

Jilted as a young woman on her wedding day, the outsider in a fragmented family and beset with anxieties both real and imaginary, June has a life of constant struggle. Pills offer a possible solution and her relationship with vagrant musician Mike (David Thewlis) might be another. But does the medication and even love just exacerbate June’s delusional state of mind? Following his 2015 directorial debut Just Jim, Submarine star Craig Roberts’ sophomore feature is a true high-wire act, depicting the unstable perceptions of a fragile persona with delirious colour and design across ever-shifting time frames. Sally Hawkins’ fearless performance again confirms her as one of Britain’s best, and an ace supporting cast – Alice Lowe, Billie Piper, Penelope Wilton – prove equally committed to Roberts’ singular, humane vision.

Leigh Singer

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Craig Roberts, director; Adrian Bate, producer; Penelope Wilton, cast; Sally Hawkins, cast; Morfydd Clark, cast; Elysia Welch, cast; Rita Bernard-Shaw, cast.

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