Wicked Little Letters


Wicked Little Letters


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Note: this film will be shown at

Haddenham Youth & Community Centre



Tuesday 23 July 2024


100 mins

Director:  Thea Sharrock

Starring:  Jessie Buckley, Olivia Colman, Timothy Spall


A 1920s English seaside town bears witness to a dark, absurd scandal in this riotous mystery comedy. Based on a stranger-than-fiction true story, "Wicked Little Letters" follows two neighbours: deeply-conservative local Edith Swan and rowdy Irish migrant Rose Gooding. When Edith and fellow residents start to receive wicked letters full of unintentionally hilarious profanities, foul-mouthed Rose is charged with the crime. The anonymous letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues. However, as the town's women, led by Police Officer Gladys Moss, begin to investigate the crime themselves, they suspect that something is amiss and Rose might not be the culprit after all.



"The camera looks up to Colman and Buckley in adulation, often allowing their features to seize the entire frame. Here’s a film that understands perfectly well that the two of them are all we need to enjoy ourselves."  ****  INDEPENDENT

"It’s nominally a mystery — who is posting foul-mouthed letters around the English seaside town of Littlehampton? — but its appeal is down to the brio of an energised cast led by Jessie Buckley and Olivia Colman."  ***  FINANCIAL TIMES