Mrs Brown script
Mrs Brown (2003)
Synopsis: Mrs Brown, also theatrically released as Her Majesty, Mrs Brown, is a 1997 British drama film starring Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher, and Gerard Butler in his film debut. It was written by Jeremy Brock and directed by John Madden. The film was produced by the BBC and Ecosse Films with the intention of being shown on BBC One and on WGBH's Masterpiece Theatre. However, it was acquired by Miramax and released to unexpected success, going on to earn more than $13 million worldwide. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Dench was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, but lost to Helen Hunt for her role in As Good as It Gets.

PONSONBY (V.O.)

... He is arriving by boat this

afternoon, by which time it is hoped

Her Majesty will be in a fit state to

consider riding out...

INT. OSBORNE HOUSE, PRIVATE SECRETARY'S ROOM - DAY

SIR HENRY PONSONBY, the Queen's Private Secretary, is

sitting at his writing desk, completing a letter.

PONSONBY (V.O.)

... As to that decision, along with

all others, we remain, as ever,

prisoners of the Queen's grief.

(beat)

Ever your devoted husband, Henry.

He folds the letter and slips it into an envelope. He is a

middle-aged man in a dark mourning suit; tall, Saturnine

and with a civil servant's stoop. As he looks up, we see a

white-stockinged FOOTMAN standing to attention by the door.

PONSONBY hands the letter to him.

PONSONBY (CONT'D)

Windsor.

CUT TO:

CAPTION:
"OSBORNE HOUSE, ISLE OF WIGHT"

INT. OSBORNE HOUSE, CORRIDOR AND QUEEN'S DINING ROOM - DAY

A series of windows are being slammed open by white

stockinged FOOTMEN as members of the ROYAL FAMILY and UPPER

HOUSEHOLD hurry by in silence, all dressed in mourning and

rushing to make the luncheon hour.

INT. OSBORNE HOUSE, QUEEN'S DRAWING ROOM - DAY

Queen VICTORIA heads down the empty corridor with two

ladies-in-waiting, LADY ELY and LADY CHURCHILL, hurrying

along a pace behind.

INT. OSBORNE HOUSE, QUEEN'S DINING ROOM - DAY

Members of the Royal family and upper household hurry into

the icy dining room and take their designated places at the

luncheon table. Everybody is dressed in mourning and

nobody speaks. Wind whistles through the open windows.

Silence.

Among the diners we catch our first glimpse of BERTIE, the

Prince of Wales. He is in his mid-twenties, plump, stiff

dressed and balding. He stands next to his young wife,

PRINCESS ALEXANDRA, who fiddles nervously with her shawl,

trying to keep warm.

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John Logan

John David Logan (born September 24, 1961) is an American playwright, screenwriter, film producer, and television producer. more…

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