The Favourite

About the film

Release Date: Jun 25, 2020
Rating: MA15
Runtime: 119 mins
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Actors: Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Olivia Colman

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.


Together with a cracking cast led by three incredible actresses at the top of their game, director Yorgos Lanthimos has crafted a wild comedy of manners, society, and strategic leg massage. We love it.

THE FAVOURITE is a skewed take on real historical events, and here's everything you need to know. Plagued by grief and gout, Queen Anne (Olivia Colman, British television MVP) doesn't have many friends, but she's always had the strong and fiercely intelligent Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), who's become one of the most powerful people in the country. But when Sarah's down-on-her-luck cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) finds work in the Queen's court, it leads to a battle for the royal favour.

Don't be fooled by the posh makeup and clothes – THE FAVOURITE is a pitch-perfect punch of absurd, anachronistic (but oh-so-timely) satire spiked with deliciously devious black comedy.

Directed by Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos with all the artistic reach and renegade deviltry he brought to Dogtooth (2009), The Lobster (2015) and The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017).

"A wicked delight."

David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"Olivia Colman is simply dazzling as a fragile, volatile and sometimes dotty Queen Anne in THE FAVOURITE, a zestful period piece directed by Yorgos Lanthimos."

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz are a majestic triumvirate in a period piece that's as tragic as it is hilarious."

Michael Nordine, IndieWire

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