Good buzz for re­lease of Hys­te­ria

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

and plea­sure, re­pres­sion and re­lease. Hys­te­ria, the Vic­to­rian-era ro­man­tic com­edy, is awash in con­flict. Set in 1880s Lon­don, it’s the tale – in­spired by his­tor­i­cal fact – of the invention of the vi­bra­tor. Hugh Dancy, plays a doc­tor who joins a prac­tice spe­cial­is­ing in cur­ing women of anx­i­eties and af­flic­tions by tend­ing to their ‘‘gen­tle ar­eas’’, wasn’t sure what he was get­ting into. ‘‘There were mo­ments when we would stop and look at each other and silently tele­graph the thought ‘What the hell are we do­ing?’’’ says the ac­tor, re­fer­ring to the scenes in which he and Jonathan Pryce, his men­tor, bring pa­tients suf­fer­ing from ‘‘fe­male hys­te­ria’’ to or­gasm. ‘‘Then again, I think in a way that’s what drew me to the pro­ject: In a slightly masochis­tic fash­ion, it’s the idea of the num­ber of ways that it could have gone so rad­i­cally wrong.’’ Di­rected by Tanya Wexler, from a screen­play by Stephen and Jonah Lisa Dyer, Hys­te­ria also stars Ru­pert Everett (an ec­cen­tric in­ven­tor), Felic­ity Jones (the beau­ti­ful daugh­ter of the doc­tor played by Pryce) and Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal (pic­tured with Dancy, a fire­cracker fem­i­nist who runs afoul of the moral and so­cial ar­biters).

opens on July 12, with pre­views this week­end.

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