To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters

Synopsis: In 1845 at Haworth on the Yorkshire moors sisters Anne, Charlotte and Emily Bronte and their father, a retired parson with failing eye-sight, are continually troubled by their drunken, irresponsible brother Branwell, who wastes every opportunity given him to become an artist. Charlotte fears for her own sight whilst Emily seeks refuge in writing about the imaginary land of Gondor but all three are fearful for their future should their menfolk die. Charlotte is impressed by Emily's work and encourages her to write a novel, inspired by a story told her by a former employer, which will become 'Wuthering Heights' All three sisters write novels, loosely based on their own experiences using androgynous masculine pen-names which are ultimately accepted for publication. Their success allows them to identify their true gender and to save the roof over their heads but Branwell's self-indulgence leads to his early death and both Emily and Anne succumb to sickness, dying young. An end title inform
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Sally Wainwright
  1 nomination.
120 min

in t'village, y'know!


Mr Brown's here.

"Another outrage

has happened in Ireland.

"A party of Orangemen at Armagh,

on the 12th,

"unhappily disregarding

the advice given them,

"of abstaining from processions..."

Are you fit, lad?

Yeah, I'm just...

"..conducting themselves

with propriety."


John's here. We're off.

Don't get up.

No, no. I'd like to see him.

How are you today, John?

I'm very well, thank you, Mr Bronte.

Good, good.

Well, travel safely.

Picked a fine day for it, eh?

You, er, look after yourself.

Thank you.


I think, with kindness

and understanding and prayer,

we might still be able...

in spite of his naivety

and...his nonsense... able to get him back

onto a proper path.

Will you bring us all something

back from Liverpool, Father?

You behave yersen.

And then we'll see.

You dozy bastard.

Getting caught.

"Anne left her situation at Thorp

Green of her own accord, June 1845.


"We are all in decent health

only that Papa

"has a complaint in his eyes

and with the exception of Branwell,

"who I hope will be better

and do better here after.

"I am seldom more ever troubled

with nothing to do

"and merely desiring that everybody

could be as comfortable as myself

"and as undesponding of them,

"we should have

a very tolerable world of it."

They've set off.

Good. Call me old-fashioned,

but I think it's nice

having everybody back at home.

In theory. What happened?

You heard the shouting.

I had my pillow over my ears

so I didn't catch the details.

Lucky you.

So he's...been mucking about,

and by way of punishment,

he's packed off on holiday

for a week with Martha's father?

Packed off on holiday for a week,

or got shot off for a few days.

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Sally Wainwright

Sally A Wainwright (born 1963) is an English television writer and playwright. She won the 2009 Writer of the Year Award given by the RTS in 2009 for Unforgiven. She is known for work on the BBC dramas Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax. Both have won BAFTA's award for best series, and Wainwright was voted best writer. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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