The Invisible Woman (UK 2013) cert: 12A
At the height of his fame in the 1850s, Charles Dickens met a beautiful, though not overly talented, young actress called Ellen Ternan. Bored with his dutiful but intellectually unstimulating wife, Dickens took the well-educated Ellen as his mistress, and they would remain secret lovers until his death.
This is most definitely not a film about the good hearted Christmas-loving Dickens! His affair with Ternan was a stormy one, for though Dickens provided Ellen and her mother with a life that few women of their time could hope to enjoy, the young actress is forever revolted by his emotional cruelty and his determination to keep her secret.
The Invisible Woman features strong performances from Ralph Fiennes (who also directs) as Charles Dickens; Felicity Jones as Ellen Ternan; and Kristin Scott Thomas as Ellen’s mother, Frances.