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Series Info
Series:Pride at FilmScene
Film Info
Runtime:84 minutes
Director:Madeleine Olnek
Year Released:2018
Production Country:USA


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"Could forever change the narrative of the world's most famous woman poet. Molly Shannon is brilliant." - Jude Dry, Indiewire

"Refreshingly liberating in its laughter, but also rich in worthwhile lessons." - Marisa Mirabel, Birth.Movies.Death

"As entertaining and thought-provoking as Dickinson's poetry." - Austin Chronicle

OFFICIAL SELECTION: SXSW Film Festival, BAM Cinemafest

In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan...yes this is the iconic American poetry, popularly thought to have been a recluse.

Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attension of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst's most bizarre love triangle.

A timely critique of how women's history is rewritten, Wild Nights With Emily remains vibrant, irreverent and tender - a perhaps closer depiction of Emily Dickinson's real life than anything seen before.