Sally Potter: Orlando, 1992
world Orlando is a story of the quest for love, and it is also an ironic dance through English history. Addressing contemporary concerns about gender and identity, the film is remarkably true to the spirit of Virginia Woolf, but it also skilfully adapts the original story to give it a striking cinematic form. The screenplay is a standard text taught in film schools as a radical and successful adaptation of a classical work. Orlando is a bold, unsentimental re-working of Virgina Woolf’s classic novel in which and innocent aristocrat journeys through 400 years of English history first as a woman, then as a man.
maker According to the costume designer Sandy Powell ‘It is not about making everyone look pretty, it’s about making a character, not a fashion show.’ The costumes can be described as elements of sumptuousness, decoration, mannerisms, where ruffs, textiles, jewellery, fiction and history merge into one.
owner The clothes, shoes, jewellery and other accessories used by everyone on stage is a silent but powerful statement of the role that a character plays, the progression of the character’s role and the relationships among the other characters.