Mrs Dalloway

Character: Young Sally
Original Release: September 4, 1997 (Germany)
Directed by: Marleen Gorris
Written by: Eileen Atkins, Virginia Woolf
Produced by: Stephen Bayly
Running Time: 97 minutes
Box Office: $3,263,672 (US)

London, summer 1923. Clarissa, MP Richard Dalloway's wife, sets out on a beautiful morning; she's shopping for flowers for her party that evening. At the same time Septimus Warren Smith, a young man who survived the battlefields of Europe, is suffering from a nightmarish delayed-onset form of shell-shock. Clarissa's nearly-grown daughter is distant, and preoccupied. In the course of one day, Peter, Clarissa's passionate old suitor, returns from India and is invited to her party; Septimus commits suicide; Clarissa relives a day in her youth (and her reasons for her choice of a life with the reliable Richard Dalloway).

Cast & Characters

Vanessa Redgrave (Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway), Natascha McElhone (Young Clarissa), Michael Kitchen (Peter Walsh), Alan Cox (Young Peter), Sarah Badel (Lady Rosseter), John Standing (Richard Dalloway), Robert Portal (Young Richard), Oliver Ford Davies (Hugh Whitbread), Hal Cruttenden (Young Hugh), Rupert Graves (Septimus Warren Smith), Amelia Bullmore (Rezia Warren Smith), Margaret Tyzack (Lady Bruton), Robert Hardy (Sir William Bradshaw), Richenda Carey (Lady Bradshaw), Katie Carr (Elizabeth Dalloway), Selina Cadell (Miss Kilman), Amanda Drew (Lucy), Phyllis Calvert (Aunt Helena), John Franklyn-Robbins (Lionel, Clarissa's Father), Alistair Petrie (Herbert), Rupert Baker (Joseph Breitkopf), Janet Henfrey (Miss Pym)

Photo Gallery
Filming Dates: July 28, 1996 - September 29, 1996
Filming Locations:
  • Duke of York Column, St James's, London, England, UK
  • St. James's Park, St. James's, London, England, UK
  • Also known as Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.
  • Lena Headey starred in the movie The Gathering Storm (2002) together with Vanessa Redgrave as well.
  • First film screenplay written by veteran actress Eileen Atkins.
  • Last film of Phyllis Calvert and last cinema film of Fanny Carby.
  • Executive producer (the late) Bill Shepherd and his wife the actress Eileen Atkins (who wrote the screenplay) invested their own money in the film and only narrowly avoided personal bankruptcy when it flopped at the box office.
  • In the flashback scenes with the younger actors, Peter is slightly taller than Clarissa. When they dance together at the party, he is considerably shorter than her.

Awards & Nominations

Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Screenplay - Eileen Atkins
San Sebastián International Film Festival - Golden Seashell - Marleen Gorris