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

"We wove a web in childhood,

A web of sunny air.

"We dug a spring in infancy

Of water pure and fair.

"We sowed in youth a mustard seed,

"We cut an almond rod;

"We're now grown up to riper age -

Are they withered in the sod?

"Are they blighted failed and faded,

"Are they moulded back to clay?

"For life is darkly shaded;

And its joys fleet fast away."

What the hell is going on?

Qui sont ces gens?!

They'll tear us limb from limb.

I've crossed the Arctic

and seen nothing like it.

Down on them! Instantly! Run!

Know you that I give into your

protection - but not for your own -

these mortals whom

you hold in your hands.

What's yours called? Wellesley.

This is Gravey.

Because he looks a bit grave.

Mine's called...

Waiting Boy. Is it? Why?

Because he's a queer looking little

thing, Anne. Much like yourself.

Look who's talking. This is Sneaky.

Thou art under my protection.

I will watch over thy life,

for I tell you all - one day...

you shall be kings.



"Dear Ellen.

It was ten o'clock when I got home.

"I found Branwell ill.

"He is so very often these days,

owing to his own fault.

"I was not therefore surprised at

first, but when Anne informed me of

"the immediate cause of his present

illness, I was greatly shocked."

Charlotte! How was the journey?


How was Miss Nussey? Well.

Did my box arrive safely?

In our room, we took it up,

me and Emily. What's...? Branwell.

He's been drinking.

He's had a letter. From Mr Robinson.

This last Thursday.

He's been dismissed.

How does he do it?

It's every job he's ever had.

I know, but this is different. How?

Nothing was spelled out

in the letter. But he...

Him and Mrs Robinson...

I had reason to know

that they were...

carrying on.

With one another. And I don't know,

I can only assume,

that Mr Robinson's found out,

and that's what it's about.

Carrying on? How?

Congress? Mr Robinson's wife?

It's why I resigned.

I couldn't look people in the face.

I've known for months.

Papa doesn't know.

He just knows he's been dismissed,

he doesn't know why.

Emily does. I told her.

And of course we don't know

that IS the reason. Where is Emily?

You must have some idea

what this is about!

You think repeating the question

enough times, over and over,

is suddenly going to make me

able to answer it?

And if not then someone

must write to the man

and ask for an explanation!

He hates me! He's not going

to give any kind of an explanation.

It's an excuse to get rid of me!

He's a monster, he's a bully, he's

a law unto himself. He's an idiot.

Why does he hate you? Why does

he need a reason to get rid of you?

Because he's old, he's ill

and he's jealous of me!

No, no, no.

That doesn't make any sense!

There must have been

a misunderstanding.

Has someone misrepresented you

to him?

Just... GOD!

This HOUSE! Just go to bed and stop

asking me f***ing questions!

If you don't like this house,

don't stay in it.

There's none of us'll miss you,

not when you're like this.


Tell him.

Branwell's been at it.

With his employer's wife.

She was lonely.

She was lonely!


'Tis a shame you're embarked on this

course of myopic self-destruction,

for I imagine you and I might -

under better circumstances -

have made very stimulating

company for one another!

I despise everything you stand for!

Revolution is in the air!

Only a fool like you, sir,

would ignore it!

If the parson and your Aunt Branwell

were in,

you'd noan make so much din!

They all think you're right quiet

and studious down

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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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