Wide Sargasso Sea (2006)

Director
Brendan Maher

Main cast
Rafe Spall; Rebecca Hall; Nina Sosanya; Victoria Hamilton; Lorraine Burroughs

Genres
Drama, Romance

Description
Dramatisation of Jean Rhys's novel set in 19th-century Jamaica. The tragic story of the first Mrs Rochester from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre centres on an arranged marriage between a white Creole heiress and a brooding Englishman, who fall in love only to be torn apart by rumours, paranoia and a cultural divide.


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