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  • Kate Winslet was originally cast, but dropped out.
  • This is the second film collaboration of director Yorgos Lanthimos with Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman. The first was The Lobster (2015).
  • Filming began March 20, 2017.
  • This will be the second film collaboration of director Yorgos Lanthimos and actress Olivia Colman after The Lobster (2015).
  • This is the second film that Rachel Weisz and Nicholas Hoult have starred in together. The first was About a Boy (2002).
  • The film's cast includes two Oscar winners: Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz; and one Oscar nominee: Olivia Colman.
  • 27th April 2017 - filming at Knole House/Knole Park, Sevenoaks (Kent).
  • Principal photography began in March 2017 at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire.
  • This is the first time Yorgos Lanthimos directed a film in which he is not the screenwriter and nor is his regular partner, Efthymis Filippou.
  • Yorgos Lanthimos's third English language film, after The Lobster (2015) and The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017).
  • The film premiered at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, where Olivia Colman won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress. Willem Dafoe won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor the same year, for his role in At Eternity's Gate (2018).
  • According to Rachel Weisz, the film is "like a funnier, sex-driven All About Eve (1950)."
  • The film is loosely based on actual events.
  • Some of the films that inspired Yorgos Lanthimos were Possession (1981), Cremator (1969), Cries & Whispers (1972), Amadeus (1984), and The Draughtsman's Contract (1982).
  • This is the first time Emma Stone has ever been nude in a film with her breasts revealed.
  • This is the second film of 2018 in which Rachel Weisz took over a role from Kate Winslet. The first was The Mercy (2018).
  • Olivia Colman's second portrayal of a British monarch, in this case, Queen Anne of Great Britain (1665-1714). She portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in the TV series The Crown (2016), succeeding Claire Foy in Season 3.
  • Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough, is the direct ancestor of both Sir Winston Churchill and Princess Diana (born Diana Spencer). The former was born in Blenheim Palace, which is unfinished in the film, and was named after Sarah Churchill's father-in-law, the first Sir Winston Churchill. Before becoming prime minister, he wrote a biography of Sarah Churchill's husband, the first Duke of Marlborough.
  • Anne was the first monarch of the new country called "Great Britain," after the Act of Union joined Scotland with England, Ireland, and Wales.
  • Features Emma Stone's first nude scene.
  • Winston Churchill was born in the palace Queen Anne built for Sarah Churchill in 1874, 166 years after the movie takes place. The Churchill family continued to live in Blenheim Palace for 300 years.
  • The film doesn't mention it, but Abigail was Robert Harley's cousin.
  • The film is a co-production of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • Filming took place at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire and Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court, between March and May 2017.
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired distribution rights to the film in May 2017. It screened at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2018. It was the New York Film Festival's opening night film 28 September 28, 2018. It opened the BFI London Film Festival on October 18, 2018. It got a limited release in the U.S. on November 23, 2018 and in the UK on January 1, 2019.
  • -The Favourite had its world premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on 30 August 2018, where it won two awards: the Grand Jury Prize and the Volpi Cup for Best Actress (for Colman). It was then theatrically released in the United States on 23 November 2018, by Fox Searchlight Pictures. The film was praised for its screenplay, direction, cinematography, music, costume design, production values, and the performances of the three female leads. The American Film Institute selected it as one of the top 10 films of the 2018, and among other accolades, it received five Golden Globes nominations, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
  • Olivia Colman gained 2.5 stone (16 kg. or 35 lbs.) to play Queen Anne.
  • The characters eat lobster and venison (deer meat). Yorgos Lanthimos's two previous films were The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) and The Lobster (2015).
  • Costume designer Sandy Powell intentionally used anachronistic fabrics. Laser-cut lace and vinyl was used for many courtiers' clothes. The servants' dresses and britches are made from denim recycled from thrift store jeans from throughout England. Queen Anne's dressing gown is made from a chenille blanket that Powell found on eBay.
  • Costume designer Sandy Powell intentionally used anachronistic fabrics for many of the costumes. Laser-cut lace and vinyl was used for many of the more sumptuous courtiers' clothes. The servants' dresses and britches are made from denim recycled from thrift store-sourced jeans from throughout England.
  • Queen Anne keeps pet rabbits in her bedroom. Olivia Colman voices Strawberry, and Nicholas Hoult voices Fiver in Watership Down (2018).
  • Robbie Ryan briefly left the film midway through shooting because his father died. Stephen Murphy stepped in as director of photography.
  • Sandy Powell previously worked with Dien van Straalen on Orlando (1992), part of which is set in the early 18th century. Orlando's scenes that take place in 1700 were filmed at Blenheim Palace, depicted in model form at the beginning of this film.
  • Costume designer Sandy Powell had to divide her duties between this film and Mary Poppins Returns (2018). Fortunately, both productions used adjacent workspaces at Pinewood Studios; and later on, both productions resulted her an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design.
  • According to makeup designer Nadia Stacey, Nicholas Hoult named all of his wigs. His main wig was Barbara (or, more frequently, Babs). The orange wig he wears when he watches courtiers throwing pomegranates at a nude Tory is Lulu. Another was named Hattie. Hoult also became very attuned to how Harley might wear beauty spots, depending on the situation or the message his character was trying to convey. "Nick and I would sit every day and look at the scene and say, 'We should do it here now because you're going to see the Queen,'" said Stacey. "We really played with that."
  • Most of the costumes and wigs were made from scratch. The budget was very tight, so renting them was not feasible. The early 18th century is rarely depicted on film, so few costume houses had much appropriate stock available. Clothes and wigs were custom built, then deconstructed and re-used in other scenes.
  • The wigs had their own trailer.
  • When designing for the character of Lady Sarah Churchill, Sandy Powell used Katharine Hepburn as a reference point.
  • The film was shot mostly with available sunlight or practical lighting, such as candles and fireplaces. Robbie Ryan kept backup lighting equipment on stand-by, but used very little additional light, mostly due to unseasonably warm weather during filming.
  • In conjunction with the film's UK release, several of the film's costumes were put on display in The Queen's Gallery at Kensington Palace, London. The exhibit opened December 14th, 2018, and ends in February 8th, 2019.
  • Abigail entered Queen Anne's service in 1704. Queen Anne's husband, Prince George of Denmark, who died in 1708, is never seen or mentioned. His death, as well as the deaths of their children, was among the reasons for Anne's depression.
  • Nominated for Academy Award for, Best Picture.
  • Emma Stone is the only American in the cast.
  • There's a moment in the film that a servent brings lobsters for Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). Colman starred in a movie called The Lobster (2015), also directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Spoilers

  • Emma Stone's topless scene was not scripted. It was her idea, and she had to convince Yorgos Lanthimos to allow it. She argued that it would be much more humiliating for Sarah to see Abigail topless rather than just under a sheet.
  • Although Lady Sarah ultimately loses her position of power and influence over Queen Anne and the parliament of her day, her descendant Winston Churchill became the Prime Minister, and Prince William, her descendant through the Spencers, will likely become king.
  • All three of the main characters vomit at least once in the film.
  • The only time male characters have a conversation without women present not about women is when Harley and Godolphin talk about the duck (Horace), thus barely passing the reverse Bechdel test.
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