All Is True (12A)



Drama (2018)
101mins UK

Starring: Jack Colgrave Hirst, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Kathryn Wilder, Dame Judi Dench
Director: Sir Kenneth Branagh
Writer(s): Ben Elton
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

In 1613, the Globe Theatre in London burns down during a performance of Henry VIII. William Shakespeare gallops back to the heaving bosom of Warwickshire, where he is a stranger to his wife Anne and daughters Judith and Susanna. Unable to write, Shakespeare turns his hand to creating a memorial garden to his deceased son Hamnet. Meanwhile, Susanna clashes with her husband, puritanical physician John Hall, and Judith rebuffs the advances of incorrigible ladies' man Tom Quiney.

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All Is True (12A)

On stage and screen, Sir Kenneth Branagh has devoted a considerable amount of blood, sweat and iambic pentameter to ensuring Shakespeare's plays are widely accessible. His celebrated film adaptations of Henry V and Hamlet garnered Oscar nominations and a year-long season of plays at the Garrick Theatre in London in 2015 and 2016 included acclaimed productions of The Winter's Tale and Romeo And Juliet. It should come as no surprise that Branagh juggles duties behind and in front of the camera for this intimate drama set in 1613, the year that the Globe Theatre in London burnt down during a performance of Henry VIII...

All Is True. Copyright: Sony Pictures Releasing. Caption: Dame Judi Dench as Anne Shakespeare, Sir Kenneth Branagh as William Shakespeare, Lydia Wilson as Susanna Hall and Kathryn Wilder as Judith Shakespeare in All Is True, directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh. All Rights Reserved.Scripted by Ben Elton, All Is True dramatises a twilight year in the Bard's life, when ghosts of the past literally and figuratively haunt the playwright in Stratford-upon-Avon as he contends with rivalry between his daughters and his shortcomings as a husband. Historical rigour is tossed out of the window with a hey nonny nonny when it comes to casting. Shakespeare's wife Anne Hathaway was eight years older than her husband but here, she is portrayed with warmth by Dame Judi Dench. Similarly, Henry Wriothesley, supposedly the "beautiful boy" in Shakespeare's gushing sonnets, is embodied with lip-smacking glee by a wigged Sir Ian McKellen. In reality, the third Earl of Southampton was nine years Shakespeare's junior. A fireside conversation between the two men in the final 20 minutes is the film's standout sequence. "It is not your place to love me," admonishes Wriothesley.

As flames lick the Globe Theatre, Shakespeare (Branagh) gallops back to the heaving bosom of Warwickshire, where he is a stranger to his wife Anne (Dench) and daughters Judith (Kathryn Wilder) and Susanna (Lydia Wilson). Unable to write, Shakespeare turns his hand to creating a memorial garden to his deceased son Hamnet (Sam Ellis). "You mourn him now," laments Anne. "At the time, you wrote The Merry Wives Of Windsor!" Meanwhile, Susanna clashes with her husband, puritanical physician John Hall (Hadley Fraser), and Judith rebuffs the advances of incorrigible ladies' man Tom Quiney (Jack Colgrave Hirst).

Adopting the alternative title of Henry VIII, All Is True doesn't let facts get in the way of spinning a melancholic yarn. Branagh sports facial prosthetics and make-up to achieve the distinctive profile of his scribe, who is weighed down with grief. Dench purses her lips as the illiterate spouse, who bears the deep wounds of her husband's infatuation with Wriothesley. "All this time you've worried about your reputation," she scolds. "Have you once worried about mine?" Pacing is sluggish and the mystery of Hamnet's death feels unnecessarily protracted but there is a satisfying pay-off to the intrigue. All's well that ends sombrely.

- Sam Cannon

All Is True. Copyright: Sony Pictures Releasing. Caption: Dame Judi Dench as Anne Shakespeare, Sir Kenneth Branagh as William Shakespeare, Lydia Wilson as Susanna Hall and Kathryn Wilder as Judith Shakespeare in All Is True, directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh. All Rights Reserved.


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- Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Annan, Annan Lonsdale Cinema
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Queen's Film Theatre
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
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- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
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- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
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- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
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- Colchester, Curzon Colchester
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Derby QUAD
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dorking, Dorking Halls
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- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Savoy
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- Exeter, Vue Exeter
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- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
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- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
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- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
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- Penrith, Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
- Penzance, Savoy
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- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
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- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
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- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York
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- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burnham-on-Sea, Ritz
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Chapter
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Chichester, Chichester Cinema At New Park
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coleford, Studio Cinema
- Colwyn Bay, Theatr Colwyn And Cinema
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Fakenham, Central Cinema Fakenham
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Frome, Westway
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Helston, Flora
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Phoenix
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Macclesfield, Cinemac
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Malton, Ryedale Palace
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Monmouth, The Savoy Theatre
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Okehampton, Carlton Cinema
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Penzance, Savoy
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Prestatyn, Scala Cinema
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Sheffield, Curzon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, The Old Market Hall
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Picturehouse
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swanage, Mowlem Theatre
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Tavistock, Tavistock Wharf
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thurso, Thurso Cinema
- Totnes, Dartington Arts Centre
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wellington, Wellesley Cinema
- Woking, Ambassadors Cinema
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York


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