Hilary And Jackie

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(out of 5)


Hilary DuPre () is a brilliant flautist who chooses the life of wife and mother over fame and fortune. Jacqueline DuPre () is a world-celebrated cellist who feels that she just fell into the role of celebrity player and now can’t get a hold of her own personal life again. The experiences that these two sisters share is the focal point for this marvelous musical biopic, one that surpasses even Shine in its intensity. The film starts with showing the girls’ childhood with their generous and supportive mother (), and then goes on to tell the same block of their adulthood twice, once from Hilary’s point of view and once from Jackie’s, then moves on to the later years when Jackie was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The combination of Watson’s fiery intensity and Griffiths’ beautifully subdued manner is unbelievably perfect.


Arts Council of England, British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films, Intermedia Films, The Oxford Film Company

United Kingdom, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the book A Genius In The Family by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 1998


Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Emily Watson as “Jacqueline du Pre”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rachel Griffiths as “Hilary du Pre”)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Emily Watson)

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