Tipping The Velvet
Released on 28 October 2002
Featuring: Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes & Hugh Bonneville
Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over
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Average rating (10 reviews)
A passionate, historical lesbian love story set amidst the music halls of London's West End from a definitively female perspective.
Condensing Sarah Waters' novel into three hour-long television episodes results in a much faster pace that, at times, can feel a little clumsy. Add to that the show itself jumps between comic, bawdy music hall comedy to dark, desperate drama and Tipping the Velvet can be a little hard to get used to.
However the essence of lost and losing love is there with full force. Nan and Kitty's restrained feelings simmer and bubble in episode one and we're quite expertly teased with "she said she loves her, oh my... as a friend... bugger" like moments. Episode two is much harder to watch as Nan falls deeper into the gutter and deeper into perversion and what starts as comic becomes tragedy. And episode three gives us great 'edge of the seat' climax, and takes Nan's journey to it's darkest and brightest places. Kudos to Rachel Stirling and Keeley Hawes for such convincing, powerful performances.
The mini-series touches on gender and class, and is ultimately empowering and quite moving. Of what little extras there are, there's a good interview session with Sarah Waters and the series scriptwriter.
Funny heartwarming beautiful scary and sexy
Defo buy this dvd!
Fantastic story and beautifully acted. I have watched this many times and I love it more and more.
A very well cast film - great acting and very well written. A rare gem that I have watched over and over - a must have at the price.
A lesbian must have, a fantastic love story, plus kitty is very easy to watch haha
what a beautiful story,from beginning to end it grabs your full attention.sarah waters has a way of telling a story that is incredible.her victorian tales are the best..this is one for anyone's collection and one that you can watch over and over again..simply wonderful
I loved watching this drama. It was sensitive, provocative, funny, sad and just totally charming. Wonderful acting. If you missed it on the t.v buy it, you wont be disappointed.
absolutley fantastic,this film has so many twists and turns.prepare to be on a rollercoaster with nan.absolutley gripping from beginning to end.one of the best films i have ever seen,its fantastic,a must see!
absolutely brilliant. love story following young nan who falls for stage star kitty butler. buy it.for £4 you cant go wrong, it wont dissapoint. love it
this was my first Sarah waters movie and still my fave,the acting is amazing especially Rachel Shelly (nan) i don't know how shes not done as well as keeley hawes (kitty)from ashes to ashes.the movie is easy to get into and keeps you hooked ,i must admit i wish there was a soundtrack cos the funny songs they sing on stage stay with you lol.