Feminist biopic Colette a labour of love for star Keira Knightley and director Wash Westmoreland

Colette, which charts the life and struggles of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, is regarded by some as one of the founders of feminism.
Colette, which charts the life and struggles of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, is regarded by some as one of the founders of feminism.PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION

LONDON - It is fitting that Keira Knightley should take the leading role in Colette, which charts the life and struggles of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, regarded by some as one of the founders of feminism.

Here is a role that allows the 33-year-old English actress a chance to prove her range - portraying a woman who ages across the movie (from 19 to 34 years) and who undergoes a transformation from homely country girl to a fiercely provocative libertine and trail blazer. The film opens on Feb 7.

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