Tipping-The-Velvet-movieTipping the Velvet is technically a miniseries, not a movie, but I don’t really care since it is brilliant.

Sarah Waters wrote a book by the same title and the BBC turned it into a miniseries. In this process Andrew Davies managed to make the miniseries better than the book.

It is the story of Nan Astley, a girl who lived by the seaside working in the family Oyster parlor. One night she goes to see the travelling show that is in town. One of the acts is Kitty Butler, a male impersonator. Nan falls madly in love with Kitty and ends up becoming her personal assistant and eventually following her to London.

This is Nan’s story as she discovers love, heartbreak and passion in a lush and beautifully done miniseries.

The Technical Side

Set in Victorian England, Tipping the Velvet is lush, beautiful and heartbreakingly sweet at times.

Each episode is a chapter in Nan’s life and each is technically different to the others. Yet put together it makes a complete story.

The soundtrack, filming, acting and editing were flawless, never once making you sit back and say – oh I was watching a film.

The Pros

This is a wonderful journey that every lesbian should embark on with Nan.

The Cons

I wish they had adapted Sarah Waters’ other works as well as they did this one.

The Conclusion

An absolute must watch.

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Tipping The Velvet for USA

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Tipping the Velvet for UK

One Of My Favourite Lesbian MoviesBits and Bobs

Director: Geoffrey Sax

Producer: Georgina Lowe

Starring: Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes, Anna Chancellor, Jodhi May, Alexei Sayle

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Sheena is the founder of The Lesbian Review.

She discovered lesbian fiction when she was 19. Radclyffe and Karin Kallmaker soon became favourite authors and she spent a large part of her hard earned income on shipping books from Amazon.com to her home in South Africa.

Over the years she became frustrated with purchasing mediocre lesbian fiction feeling like it was a waste of her money and time. And so she decided to share only the best books and movies with lesbians who are looking for only the best. And so, The Lesbian Review was born