See Mary Queen of Scots at the Strand – your not-for-profit arts centre and only surviving art deco cinema in Belfast
Starts Friday 18th January
“Mary Queen of Scots” explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie).
Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty.
Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.
“The film’s most thrilling pleasure is a show-stopping lead performance from Ronan… After her sparky Oscar-nominated turn as a Greta Gerwig conduit in Lady Bird, she’s note-perfect as Mary: vulnerable, terrifying, strong, sexy and effortlessly dominant when taking charge of the men who are trying to outsmart her.” Guardian
“A history lesson with more fire in the belly than most. It turns out that a feminist angle really can revive the same old Tudor psychodramas, thanks in large part to Ronan and Robbie’s authoritative performance.” Empire
“Mary Queen of Scots looks beautiful and moves swiftly” New York Times
“Director Josie Rourke’s debut feature benefits from feminist themes, laudable performances by Ronan and Robbie, and beautiful production design” Common Sense Media