Hilary and Jackie

Hilary and Jackie

Anand Tucker (1998)

117min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Emily Watson gives a mesmerising performance as the often difficult, selfish and driven cellist Jacqueline du Pré in this controversial biopic that centres on Jacqueline's unusual relationship with her sister Hilary (Rachel Griffiths). Loosely based on Hilary and her brother Piers's biography, the film is a fascinating, no-holds-barred account of Jackie's musical career and private life, beginning when her talent as a cellist eclipses the musical ambitions of her older sister. While many column inches have been devoted to the incident when Jackie asks Hilary whether she can sleep with her husband, and then does so, the film should be lauded for its riveting realisation of Jackie's talent and almost destructive personality. You may not like her by the end of the film, but you will be glad you had the chance to meet her.

Summary

Biopic of world-famous cellist Jacqueline du Pre, focusing on her relationship with sister Hilary and following her torrid affair with her brother-in-law, her tumultuous personal life and the battle against multiple sclerosis that threatened to end her career. Starring Emily Watson, Rachel Griffiths, James Frain and David Morrissey.

Cast & Crew

Jacqueline "Jackie" du Pré Emily Watson
Hilary du Pré Rachel Griffiths
Kiffer Finzi David Morrissey
Daniel Barenboim James Frain
Derek du Pré Charles Dance
Iris du Pré Celia Imrie
Piers du Pré Rupert Penry-Jones
Cello teacher Bill Paterson
Young Hilary Keely Flanders
Young Jackie Auriol Evans
Dame Margot Fonteyn Nyree Dawn Porter
Professor Bentley Vernon Dobtcheff
Director Anand Tucker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Film Four DistributorsGuidance: Contains swearing and sex scenes.Available on: video and DVD
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