It was fascination that led to film about Carrington


Christopher Hampton, the playwright and screenwriter whose new film from the Bloomsbury era, "Carrington," opens Nov. 10, says he developed a fascination with Dora Carrington 18 years ago when he read a biography of her.

Carrington, a painter and the companion of the writer Lytton Strachey, who was homosexual, committed suicide after his death.

"I was obsessed by her story and I wrote the film, but no one would make it so finally I did it myself," Mr. Hampton told an audience at a recent screening of "Carrington."

Mr. Hampton not only was fascinated with Carrington's relationship with Strachey, the biographer and literary critic, but also yearned for her art.

"Every few years, something of hers turns up somewhere, so I have a painting, watercolors, drawings, notebooks, sketches, even a storyboard for a home movie made of the Bloomsbury Group," he said.

The stars of the movie, Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce, will receive art as well.

Mr. Hampton is giving Ms. Thompson a Carrington drawing, and Mr. Pryce will get the portrait of himself as Strachey that Jane Gifford painted for the film.

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