Wild Nights With Emily

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmWild Nights With Emily

Wild Nights With Emily
CertificateNot Rated
GenreComedy, History
DirectorMadeleine Olnek
Running Time1HR 24MINS
Extra InfoAge: 15+
SeasonQFT50 Programme


The notion of acclaimed poet Emily Dickinson as a tortured recluse is well and truly punctured in Madeleine Olnek’s (The Foxy Merkins) delightfully funny film, featuring a wonderful performance by Molly Shannon as the supposedly reserved literary icon.

With the title taken from her raciest poem, Wild Nights With Emily sheds new light on the life of the famously reclusive poet, revealing her hidden romance with her brother’s wife, and the irreverent side of Dickinson that the world at large never saw. Exploring the fierce rivalry between her brother’s wife and his mistress—who published Dickinson’s poems after her death—the film is also about the struggle to bring to life the work of one of history’s most gifted poets.

Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler and Brett Gelman co-star in this wonderfully wry period film from writer/director Olnek, who restores Dickinson’s true nature as an LGBTQ hero and model for new wave feminism.

“Wild Nights With Emily may be Olnek's most political film to date, one that could forever change the narrative of the world's most famous woman poet.” – JUDE DRY, INDIEWIRE

This preview screening is presented in partnership with Outburst Queer Arts Festival

Also see: Queer Cinema: Rewind and Fast Forward

Wild Nights With Emily will be released later in 2018. Special thanks to Cinetic Media.


QFT50 Talk: Queer Cinema: Rewind and Fast Forward

Dr Monica Pearl presents a fascinating take on the history and future of queer cinema for QFT’s 50th birthday celebrations, in partnership with Outburst Queer Arts Festival.

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