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BBC Drama by Sarah Waters
Member Name: channic
Advantages: Anne Madeley and Zoe Tapper are great actors
Disadvantages: The lack of romance
This film was aired on the BBC over Christmas and is the third instalment from Sarah Waters who wrote Tipping the velvet and the Fingersmith which were also adapted by the BBC. Affinity though takes on a darker tone compared to the other two stories mentioned.
It is set in 1874 and tells the story of Margaret Prior (Anne Madeley) a lady who lives a well to do lifestyle and has become quite bored with her daily existence. She is mourning the loss of her father and in order to take her mind off her grief she decides to do some good by offering her services as a visitor to ladies at the Millbank prison. It's there that she meets Selina played Zoe tapper and Margaret can't help but become intrigued by Selina and her story. The two leading ladies become closer until eventually the truth comes out.
I really enjoyed the previous stories by Sarah Waters but I have to say that this film was just a bit long and drawn out without many moments between the two or on screen chemistry. However as the meetings between the characters took place in a prison there was only so much they could say or do but I still felt as though it was lacking a certain something. The acting was brilliant though and the story was very good. I did find the ending a little depressing though and it did surprise me as I had expected something similar to the ending in the Fingersmith.
It's definitely well worth watching especially if you enjoy a mystery with a sinister air about it.
Also if you know what Sarah Waters looks like then keep an eye out as she has a small cameo.
Summary: This is a very interesting dark drama but it needed more between the leading ladies.