This week I’ve seen films about two queens I knew very little about, Queen Anne and Mary, Queen of Scots.
Two vastly different movies, totally different styles. #thefavourite is like Monty Python meets Jane Austen with a twist of Orange is the new Black, while #maryqueenofscots is Braveheart, Brave and The Other Boleyn Girl all mixed up.
Both of them are intensely female movies - brilliant roles for women, Bechdel test compliant, looking at sexuality and power from uniquely female perspectives. Incredible performances in both from all the leading women, and both are absolutely lead by women.
By my reckoning Anne was Mary’s granddaughter (?) and by God both of them had terrible lives, largely dictated by their reproductive value. Both films are interesting regarding court life and sexual mores and both are very explicit in a female focused way they is quite unusual.
They also have a lot of religious context around pressure between Catholics and Protestants (not so obvious in the Favourite but very obvious in Mary). Makes me reflect a bit on the kind of society this system has created and perpetuated between economic, social, religious and gender inequality.
Doing some reading around the history and it strikes me yet again how bizarre monarchy and the system of nobility is - all the same families crop up from the reigns of the Plantagenets in the 1400s right through these ladies to the present day, these days they’re not angling for jobs in my lady’s bed Chamber but probably own hedge funds that will cash in on Brexit.
Urgh. Glad to be born in a republic, in this era! #movies #history #womenshistory #queens #idratherbeapeasantthanks #broodmares #reproductivejustice #religion #religiousdivision #brexit #northernireland #monarchy #republicanism