The special screening event of the Saul Dibb's 18th century drama has turned all attention to the film's star Keira Knightley.
On Wednesday, September 3, "The Duchess" has rolled down its red carpet in front of Odeon Theatre in Leicester Square, London to celebrate its world premiere. The special occasion was made merry with the attendance of the stars, Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes and Dominic Cooper, as well as director Saul Dibb and "Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire" author Amanda Foreman.
Still, all of the attention of the evening was on the leading lady Knightley who was dressed in a strapless blue gown with lace accents on the neckline and hemline. Walking down the red carpet, she made time to casually chat and sign autographs for her fans waiting for her at the event. On her role in this film, she commented, "It's very interesting to me to play these types of roles and work with other women. There's always lots of men on the film set so it's good to have the opportunity to work with great actresses."
Looking just as fine as Knightley was the depicter of the Duke of Devonshire, Fiennes. Coming to the premiere, he wore a black suit, black polka-dot tie and black and white gingham pocket handkerchief. On the occasion, he revealed that working on the film was a "fantastic" experience, especially since he enjoyed being "around all the stately homes and art" that make up the backdrop of the film. Meanwhile, other celebrity guests spotted at the event included Anna Popplewell, Charles Dance, Ian Holm and Rupert Friend.
Chronicling the scandalous life of the 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, "Duchess" is based on Amanda Foreman's biography of the talked-about noblewoman who charms every man getting close to her but fails miserably in seducing her own husband. The Paramount Vantage film written by Jeffrey Hatcher and Anders Thomas Jensen will be released in limited theaters on September 19.