It is 1804 and the Court and the Government are in turmoil. Queen Victoria remains stricken with grief over Pince Albert’s death and refuses to carry out any public duties, even State Opening Parliament. Her popularity with the British people is waning and there are calls to abolish the Monarchy. As a last resort, Sir Henry Ponsonby, the Queen’s Private Secretary, summons John Brown, her loyal Scottish Attendant, down from Balmoral to walk the Queen’s pony. Perhaps if she take some exercise, she will start to emerge from her mourning. Brown’s arrival at the Court is the beginning of an extraordinary relationship. Scottish confident with no respect for either English or Court protocol, Brown quickly becomes the Queen’s most trusted companion. The Queen, happy in Brown’s company, withdraws even further from public life. Rumours of an affair begin to scandalize polite society and a crisis in the Monarchy seems inevitable. –Cannes Film Festival
John Philip Madden (born 8 April 1949) is an English director of theatre, film, television, and radio.
Madden was educated at Clifton College. He was in the same house as friend and fellow director Roger Michell.He began his career in British independent films, and graduated from the University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex) in 1970 with a B.A. in English literature. He started work in television including directing Prime Suspect 4 and episodes of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (ITV, 1984-1994) and Inspector Morse.
Perhaps his most notable achievement to date was directing Shakespeare in Love, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1998, and for which he was also nominated as Best Director; he lost to Steven Spielberg for Saving Private Ryan. The film also won the Silver Bear at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.
Madden is also a Jury Member for the digital studio Filmaka, a platform for undiscovered filmmakers to show their work to industry professionals… read more
In which a Highlander beardo infects Queen Victoria with affection if not lust. Billy Connolly strives to churn this thin gruel into something thicker, and pulls it off. Even if you ignore the many historical holes and gaps so wide you could toss fourteen bowling balls through 'em, you still end up rooting for the wrong side (Disraeli, as opposed to Gladstone). Entertaining, but dangerous for the benighted.