A courtier of Queen Elizabeth I inherits his title on condition that he retains his youth, which he does for the next 400 years, encountering various lives and loves, and also changing sex.
Intriguing, ultimately pretentiously vague period romantic drama about human identity, in a flamboyant style quite reminiscent of Michael Powell (who is dedicated in the credits). Skips through the succeeding centuries at quite a cleverly swift pace, and not without moments of interest along the way.
Written and Directed by: Sally Potter, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf.
Producer: Christopher Sheppard.
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Quentin Crisp (as Elizabeth I), Billy Zane, John Wood, Charlotte Valandrey, Lothaire Bluteau, Heathcote Williams, Simon Russell Beale, Toby Jones, Ned Sherrin, Jimmy Sommerville.
Photography: Alexei Ridionov.
Music: David Motion, Sally Potter.
Costume: Sandy Powell.