The Favourite (2018) Movie Review, Cast and Plot


The Favourite is a 2018 historical period drama film. This movie is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos with the screenplay by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. The movie focuses on the behind-the-scenes politics between two cousins jockeying to be court favourites during the reign of Queen Anne in the early 18th century.

The Favourite movie stars include Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith, and Mark Gatiss. This movie Filming took place at Hertfordshire, England. The filming took place between March and May 2017.

The Favourite movie had its world premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on 30 August 2018. This movie won two awards which are the Grand Jury Prize and the Volpi Cup for Best Actress. It is scheduled to be released on the 23rd of November 2018 in the United States by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

The Favourite Movie Cast

  • Olivia Colman as Anne
  • Emma Stone as Abigail Masham
  • Rachel Weisz as Sarah Churchill
  • Nicholas Hoult as Robert Harley
  • Joe Alwyn as Samuel Masham
  • Mark Gatiss as John Churchill
  • James Smith as Sidney Godolphin
  • Jenny Rainsford as Mae

The Favourite Movie Plot


The Film follows the close relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill. Their relationship is threatened by the arrival of Sarah’s cousin, Abigail Masham (Stone). It later results to a bitter rivalry to be the Queen’s favourite.

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The Favourite Movie Overview

Directed byYorgos Lanthimos
Produced by
  • Ceci Dempsey
  • Ed Guiney
  • Lee Magiday
  • Yorgos Lanthimos
Written by
  • Deborah Davis
  • Tony McNamara
  • Olivia Colman
  • Emma Stone
  • Rachel Weisz
  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Joe Alwyn
CinematographyRobbie Ryan
Edited byYorgos Mavropsaridis
  • Scarlet Films
  • Element Pictures
  • Arcana
  • Film4 Productions
  • Waypoint Entertainment
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • 30 August 2018 (Venice)
  • 23 November 2018 (United States)
  • 1 January 2019 (United Kingdom)
Running time
120 minutes
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Budget$15 million