Keira Knightley on playing Collette, a feminist like herself

In Colette, Keira Knightley plays Sidonie- Gabrielle Colette, a French author who was regarded as one of the founders of feminism.
In Colette, Keira Knightley plays Sidonie- Gabrielle Colette, a French author who was regarded as one of the founders of feminism. PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION

Keira Knightley's role as Collette allows the English actress to prove her range

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 today.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2019, with the headline 'Playing a feminist like herself'. Print Edition | Subscribe