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W.E. - DVD Preview

W.E

Preview by Jack Foley

W.E. is a beautifully crafted, passionate tale charting one of the greatest royal love stories of the modern age; the enduring relationship between twice divorced American Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough, Brighton Rock, Made in Dagenham) and King Edward VIII, (James D’Arcy, Master and Commander and the forthcoming Hitchcock) and the toll taken on Wallis as she comprehends the magnitude of the sacrifice that has been made for her.

Viewed through the eyes of a modern day New Yorker, Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish, Sucker Punch, Somersault) W.E. begins in 1998, and Manhattan is abuzz with anticipation about the upcoming auction of the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

But the auction is far more than a diversion for Wally, trapped in an unhappy and abusive marriage. Transfixed by the exquisite artefacts of the Windsors’ lives, she becomes obsessed with their love story and in particular the chic, charismatic Wallis and what it took to capture the heart of a King.

As she learns more about what Wallis gave up in choosing to be with Edward, Wally in turn starts to find the courage to follow her own heart and create her own happiness.

Directed by Madonna, the film is co-written by Madonna and Alek Keshishian and produced by Madonna and Kris Thykier (The Debt, Kick-Ass).

The highly acclaimed and award winning production team include Director of Photography, Hagen Bogdanski (The Lives of Others, The Young Victoria), Production Designer, Martin Childs (London Boulevard, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Costume Designer, Arianne Phillips (Walk the Line, A Single Man) who was Academy Award nominated for her sumptuous work on the film, and Hair and Make Up Designer, Jenny Shircore (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Clash of the Titans).

DVD & Blu-ray Extras include the making of W.E., UK Premiere Red Carpet featurette, an interview with Andrea Riseborough and James D’Arcy, image gallery and the trailer and TV spots.

W.E. is released on Blu-ray and DVD by STUDIOCanal on Monday, June 4.

View photos l Andrea Riseborough interview

Win W.E. on DVD

To celebrate the release of Madonna’s W.E. on Blu-ray and DVD and on June 4, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 5 copies of the DVD. Simply answer the following question…

How did James D’Arcy audition for the role in Madonna’s W.E (Clue, the answer is in our interview)?

A) In person at Madonna’s house
B) Via Skype
C) Over the phone

Simply send the answer to Madonna’s W.E. competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email