All is True

Dir: Kenneth Branagh

Wr: Ben Elton

Prod:Ted Gagliano, Tamar Thomas, Louise Killin

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench


Daily Mail- It’s a pleasure to see our greatest Shakespearean actress playing the Bard’s wife, and indeed, All Is True contains many pleasures, not least of which is Zac Nicholson’s cinematography.

He pounces like another 17th-century genius, Rembrandt, on the lighting opportunities afforded by all those candles, all those sunbeams streaming through mullioned windows.

And outdoors, the panorama shots are ravishing. Warwickshire never looked prettier.  

Screen Daily - James Merifield’s design and Zac Nicholson’s photography, steeped in candlelit chiaroscuro, eschew obvious Merrie England touches for a distinctive feel more redolent of the Dutch Golden Age. Together with acute visual use of the passing seasons, all this finds Branagh getting as close to art-cinema lyricism as he has since 1995’s In the Bleak Midwinter, to similarly melancholic effect.