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SPOTLIGHT

HYSTERIA

Directed by Tanya Wexler
FEATURE NARRATIVE 95 Minutes U.S. Premiere
FILM GUIDE HYSTERIA
In 19th-century London, young doctor Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) is fed up with the archaic practices of Victorian medicine. After being fired from yet another hospital for his refusal to kowtow to the demands of his superiors, Granville finds himself working for a doctor who focuses on the treatment of "hysteria" in female patients. As Granville spends his days manually easing the stress and melancholy of his patients, he becomes intrigued by his boss' eldest daughter (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a rabble-rousing feminist who shuns the expectations and limitations of Victorian culture. The two rebels build an alliance as they confront a society that is not eager to change, and along the way they encounter the possibility of love and the invention of the electro-mechanical vibrator.

Director Tanya Wexler's joyful, romantic third feature is the rare period film that manages to feel utterly alive and vital in the 21st century. Sharply written and wonderfully acted by a cast that also features Felicity Jones, Rupert Everett, and Jonathan Pryce, Wexler's film is a sexy, funny, and genuinely moving film that is sure to stimulate audiences.
Female Director(s), Comedy
About the Director(s)
Tanya Wexler developed Hysteria with producer Tracey Becker from a two-page treatment. She studied psychology at Yale and received her MFA in directing from Columbia. Her feature films are Relative Evil and Finding North, and her upcoming projects include The New Me and Paper Cuts.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Tanya Wexler
  • Story by:
    Howard Gensler
  • Production Designer:
    Sophie Becher
  • Screenwriter:
    Stephen Dyer, Jonah Lisa Dyer
  • Executive Producer:
    Michael A. Simpson, Eric Brenner, Ken Atchity, Sandra Siegal, Leo Joseph, Nathalie Joseph, Mark Kress, Hakan Kousetta, Claudia Blümhuber, Florian Dargel, Peter Fudakowski, Stephen Dyer
  • Producer:
    Sarah Curtis, Judy Cairo, Tracey Becker
  • Co-Producer:
    Anouk Nora, Jimmy De Brabant, Bob Bellion
  • Primary Cast:
    Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones, Rupert Everett Additional credits if available: Ashley Jensen, Sheridan Smith, Gemma Jones, Georgie Glen, Anna Chancellor
  • Composer:
    Gast Waltzing, Christian Henson
  • Editor:
    Jon Gregory
  • Director of Photography:
    Sean Bobbitt
  • Sound Mixer:
    Martin Trevis

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