The Favourite

Te Awamutu Courier - - Entertainment -

In the early 18th cen­tury Eng­land is at war with the French. Nev­er­the­less, duck rac­ing and pineap­ple eat­ing are thriv­ing.

A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Col­man) oc­cu­pies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) gov­erns the coun­try in her stead while tend­ing to Anne’s ill health and mer­cu­rial tem­per.

When a new ser­vant Abi­gail (Emma Stone) ar­rives, her charm en­dears her to Sarah.

Sarah takes Abi­gail un­der her wing and Abi­gail sees a chance at a re­turn to her aris­to­cratic roots.

As the pol­i­tics of war be­come quite time con­sum­ing for Sarah, Abi­gail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s com­pan­ion.

Their bur­geon­ing friend­ship gives her a chance to ful­fil her am­bi­tions and she will not let woman, man, pol­i­tics or rab­bit stand in her way.

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