Photo of Emma Stone by Yorgos Lanthimos courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
The Favourite is the new film from Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos, co-writer and director of The Lobster and The Killing Of A Sacred Dear and it premiered to glowing reviews at the Venice Film Festival last week.
This bawdy romp is set in the court of Queen Anne during the 1700s and is loosely based on real people. Olivia Colman portrays the complex Queen, Rachel Weisz is her friend and secret lover, Lady Sarah Churchill, the Duchess Of Marlborough and Emma Stone is Sarah’s cousin, Abigail, who upsets everything for Sarah when she arrives at court ready to do whatever it takes to win the ailing Queen's favour.
Photo of Rachel Weisz and Olivia Coleman by Yorgos Lanthimos courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
The stars were more than happy to discuss the sapphic storyline at the film's press conference at the Venice Film Festival.
Asked about the movie's sexual politics, Colman said “Well there was lots of it (sex) and that’s good and that was timeless I suppose. That will always happen. It’s as though we think we invented sex but we didn’t. It’s been going on for quite a long time and it was awfully fun having sex with Emma Stone.”
“It was really fun having sex with you too,” Stone responded.
Image Credit: screenshot from The Favourite press conference at the Venice Film Festival courtesy The Upcoming YouTube
Stone explained that the cast rehearsed for three weeks before shooting “and we all really learned to be embarrassed in front of each other and rely on each other and I think by the time we were shooting we all felt very close and very comfortable too so when I had to, you know, have sex with Olivia, it was very comfortable because we’re very good friends.”
“A natural next step,” replied Colman.
The Favourite opens in the USA on the 23rd November, in Australia on December 26 and in the UK on January 1, 2019.