OPENING NIGHT | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE | UK | USA | 125 mins
RELEASE DATE JAN 17, 2019 |
DIRECTOR: Josie Rourke
STARRING: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, David Tennant, Guy Pearce
Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history.
“An epic look at the intimate frustrations of two massively powerful young women who spend most of their energy navigating between who they are and what they represent.” INDIEWIRE
“You probably know how this story ends, but Rourke makes the getting-there suspenseful even so.” TIME