Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Fiona Shaw’s French Turn in Colette

Fiona Shaw stars in Colette.

By Tom Deignan, Columnist
April / May 2018

Speaking of Fiona Shaw (the Harry Potter series, The Butcher Boy), she will appear alongside fellow Irish actor Denise Gough in the September film Collette. Like Lizzie, the film is a biographical one, though more literary than lurid. Collette, which also stars Dominic West (The Affair, The Wire), explores the life of the titular French novelist, who lived through an abusive marriage and may well have had an affair with her teenaged step-son. Colette became one of the brightest literary lights of the first half of the 20th century, penning the novel Gigi, which became a famous film and musical. Directed and written by British filmmaker Wash Westmoreland, Colette stars Keira Knightley in the lead and (also like Lizzie) premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. ♦

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