Romola Garai is an amazing actress who does not get enough notice in this country. Her last major film role was in Atonement, and since then she seems to be focusing on the small screen. In this latest release, The Crimson Petal And The White, she surprises as an intellectual prostitute in Victorian England who releases her vengeful thoughts against her social standing in dark and violent writings. The role is a complex and difficult one, but Ms. Garai is one of the few actors who could turn it into a tour de force.
Set against the dark underbelly of Victorian London, The Crimson Petal and the White is a tale of seduction, power and class conflict centered around the vibrant prostitute Sugar (Romola Garai). Sugar is intelligent, sexually adept and determined to escape the brothel run by the contemptible Mrs. Castaway (Gillian Anderson).
This beautifully filmed four‐part drama takes a drastic turn when Sugar meets wealthy businessman William Rackham (Chris O’Dowd). As regular visits from the invasive physician Doctor Curlew (Richard E. Grant) leave his sickly wife (Amanda Hale) increasingly disturbed, William finds Sugar a thrilling antidote to his dreary existence.
Separated by class and bound by sexuality and ambition, their relationship grows deeper yet more dangerous. As Sugar ingrains herself into William’s family business and charmed life, the two find themselves in a power struggle that ultimately reveals Sugar’s heroism.
Based on Michel Faber’s bestselling novel of the same name, the four-part Victorian-era and highly provocative period drama boasts a stellar cast and a boldly original look and feel. This BBC-produced psychological thriller won three Royal Television Society awards and was nominated for five 2012 BAFTAs, including best miniseries and best actress.
Romola Garai’s Sugar is a sexually adept, ambitious, and clever prostitute who casts a spell upon William Rackham (Chris O’Dowd), feckless heir to a perfume business and husband to a wife slipping slowly into insanity. The result is captivating, edge-of-your-seat viewing which you should not miss.
Bonus features include:
- Deleted scenes (11 min.)
- Interviews with Romola Garai and Chris O’Dowd, director Marc Munden,
- and key crew members (20 min.)
- Character biographies
The Crimson Petal and the White makes its North American DVD debut from Acorn Media on September 25, 2012.
Don’t miss it!