Wild Nights with Emily

SXSW Gamechanger Award
South by Southwest
The best lesbian comedy in years...reveals the lighter, gayer side of a poet who was neither as reclusive nor severe as history would have us believe.


Wild Nights with Emily

In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan...yes this is the iconic American poet, popularly thought to have been a recluse. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst's most bizarre love triangle. A timely critique of how women's history is rewritten, WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY remains vibrant, irreverent and tender--a perhaps closer depiction of Emily Dickinson's real life than anything seen before.

“Delightfully droll." - The New York Times

"Fresh and funny...it's a romp, but it's a romp with real bite." (3.5 / 4 stars) - RogerEbert.com

"There are so many reasons to adore Wild Nights With Emily." - The Wrap
Comedy, History, Women and Film, LGBT
Madeleine Olnek
Madeleine Olnek
Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman, Jackie Monahan, Kevin Seal, Dana Melanie, Sasha Frolova, Lisa Haas, Stella Chesnut
Nominee, SXSW Gamechanger Award, South by Southwest
Teo Bugbee, New York Times

In Madeleine Olnek’s “Wild Nights With Emily,” the life and work of Emily Dickinson are subject to a delightfully droll — even gay — reinterpretation. For believers in the legend of the hermetic poet who never left her bedroom, it may come as a surprise that the Emily (Molly Shannon) of Olnek’s film ...

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