Review: Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband Albert. A relationship develops between her and her servant Brown three years after the death of Albert. This creates a scandalous situation which could cause a monarchy crisis.
Director: John Madden
Actors: Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer and Gerard Butler
Genre: Biography, Drama, History and Romance
Originally this film began life as a low-key UK television project. It then went on to get an Oscar-nominated theatrical release after the US distributors played up its royal subject by re-titling it Her Majesty, Mrs Brown. Judi Dench is wonderful in this. Her real life daughter Finty Williams has a part in this film. Judi Dench states that this is the film that really launched her career as a film actress. At the Golden Globe Awards in 1998 she won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. At the Bafta Awards the same year it won two awards and they were for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Judi Dench) and Best Costume Design. One film critic wrote “A highly resonant testament to the redemptive power of love–one that transcends traditional romantic definitions”.