Film Friday: A Letter from the Director of ‘Colette’

‘Colette,’ the woman with a hidden talent, is based on the true story of writer, actress and provocateur Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.

Played by Keira Knightley, she moves from rural France to Paris after she marries a successful Parisian writer, “Willy” played by Dominic West. In the artistic and intellectual environment of Paris, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. In her creative endeavors, she produces a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty country girl named Claudine which goes on to be a bestseller and a cultural sensation. With all the novel’s success, Colette, however, does not experience the same. Instead, she has to fight for creative ownership and in the process, revolutionizes literature, fashion, and sexual expression in the 20th century.

In an exclusive letter to Landmark, the director of Colette, Wash Westmoreland writes, “Some scripts, when you’ve had them for a few years, can gather dust and start to feel they are no longer in touch with the times. It’s a sad thing for a writer to come to terms with. With Colette, it was the opposite. Her characteristically fearless approach to the gender barriers she faced has made this story more current with every passing year. With the recent #metoo and #timesup movement, it has found extraordinary historical parallels.”

The film is now playing nationwide. Read the full director’s letter here