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First Look: Cynthia Nixon Plays—and Narrates—Emily Dickinson in Two Films

First Look: Cynthia Nixon Plays—and Narrates—Emily Dickinson in Two Films

It’s a joyous day for lit buffs as not one, but two Emily Dickinson projects are coming up.

While director Terence Davies beavers away at his long-awaited Dickinson biopic “A Quiet Passion” starring Cynthia Nixon—and readies another film, “Sunset Song,” for TIFF this September—the film’s team is working on a doc about the poet.

UK production company, Hurricane Films is looking to release “Phosphorescence: Words Into Shining Light” by 2016 through the help of a new Kickstarter campaign. Starting today, and ending August 28, the crowdfunding effort hopes to raise enough money to cover both the feature’s production and post-production costs. It’s directed by Davies’ longtime producer Sol Papadopoulos, and set to be narrated by Nixon.

Meanwhile, Terence Davies’ highly anticipated Dickinson biopic, “A Quiet Passion,” starring Nixon as the reclusive American poet opposite Jennifer Ehle, has wrapped filming in Belgium. Produced by Papadopoulos, the narrative feature focuses on Dickinson’s early life as a schoolgirl, and on her later years in Amherst as a tortured artist who saw but seven of her poems published in her lifetime.

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Nixon wants to return to Dickinson, to narrate “Phosphorescence,” fashioning a welcomed companion piece to Davies’ biographical tribute. Davies will also be interviewed. Here’s the synopsis of the doc: The film will take viewers on a journey through the seasons of Dickinson’s life in mid 1800’s New England, using Dickinson’s passionate relationships via recovered letters and then-unpublished poems as an entry point. The film will also explore Dickinson’s deep love of horticulture and music as well as her closeness to her family and friends will form a rich tapestry.

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