The secret life of Emily Brontë

The secret life of Emily Brontë

Discover more about the making of Foundling Fellow, Lily Cole’s short film Balls this Christmas with a special Channel 4 documentary.

This Autumn we were delighted to screen Balls, a short film made by our Foundling Fellow, Lily Cole. Earlier in the year Cole was appointed as the Brontë Society’s creative partner for 2018, and her film marks the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth. Taking as its starting point Heathcliff, the foundling character central to Wuthering Heights, the film explores links between the Foundling Hospital story and Bronte’s much-loved novel. Cole’s film is inspired by two separate but intertwined stories; the real lives of desperate women and the babies they gave up to the care of the Foundling Hospital, which are meticulously documented in the Hospital’s archives; and Heathcliff, the foundling antihero in Wuthering Heights.

This Christmas holiday you can enjoy a one-off documentary to be aired on Channel 4, written and presented by Lily Cole. Follow Cole as she explores the Yorkshire landscape that influenced Emily Brontë, and some of the novelist’s controversial themes of domestic violence and ‘otherness’. The documentary also follows the making of Cole’s film Balls.

The Secret Life of Emily Brontë will air on Channel 4 at 18:05 on Sunday 29 December.