Christine Jeff's much anticipated film Sylvia, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig, will open across the U.K. on January 30th, released by Icon Film Distribution, following its U.K. Premiere as the Closing Night Gala of The Times bfi London Film Festival on November 6. The film is written by John Brownlow, produced by Alison Owen and financed by BBC Films, the U.K. Film Council’s Premiere Fund, Capitol Films and Focus Features.
Sylvia tells the true story of the passionate but ultimately tragic relationship between the poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, regarded as among the greatest poets of the twentieth century.
Beginning with their courtship as students in Cambridge, the film follows the course of their marriage as it spirals into a vortex of bitterness, infidelity and even violence - a sequence of events which over the period of a few short months produced both the astonishing outpouring of poetic work which would make Plath famous, and the profound mental distress which would lead to tragedy.
The supporting cast includes Tony Award winner Blythe Danner, Gwyneth Paltrow’s mother who portrays Plath’s mother; and Michael Gambon (‘Gosford Park’), who plays Professor Thomas. Jared Harris Al Alvarez, poetry critic of The Observer who is the first person to publish Sylvia's work.