Academy-Award winning actress Renee Zellweger (COLD MOUNTAIN) stars as the best-selling children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter in the biopic MISS POTTER. Set in Victorian England, the film follows Potter's life, from a little girl with a wild imagination and a fascination for woodland animals to an independent young woman in pursuit of a career in illustration and storytelling, despite the urging of her domineering mother to follow in her footsteps in high society. After struggling to find a publisher who would take her ideas and talent seriously, Miss Potter finally landed a chance with Frederick Warne & Company. While she worked diligently with her publisher--the youngest of the Warne brothers, Norman (Ewan McGregor)--on her debut book, THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT, the two fell in love and became secretly engaged. They continued to work together on the follow-up books, which would make her one of the most beloved and bestselling authors of all time.
Zellweger lights up the screen with her portrayal as Potter, revealing that the woman who hid behind the children's books led a fascinating and sometimes dramatic life. The film celebrates Potter's creativity and innovation, illustrating how she was a woman ahead of her time who--despite her high social standing--still took pleasure in the simple things in life. Zellweger and McGregor (MOULIN ROUGE) have tremendous on-screen chemistry, and Emily Watson (BREAKING THE WAVES), who plays Norman's sister Millie, contributes a fantastic supporting-role performance.
Corey Sienega - Producer, FRAILTY (2002)
Robin Sales - Editor, KEEPING MUM (2006)
Emily Watson - Actress
Arnold Messer - Producer, ALL THE KING'S MEN, (2006)
David Thwaites - British Actor/"Narnia"
Richard Maltby Jr. - Writer, MISS POTTER, (2006)
Bob Weinstein - Prod./Screenwriter/Director
Robert Weinstein - Prod./Screenwriter/Director
Renée Zellweger - American Actress, NURSE BETTY (2000)
Renee Kathleen Zellweger - American Actress, NURSE BETTY (2000)
Harvey Weinstein - Film producer
Anthony Powell - Costume Designer
Mike Medavoy - producer, THE SIXTH DAY
Chris Noonan - Director/"Babe"
Nigel Wooll - Producer/ WILLOW (1988), YEAR OF THE COMET (1992)
Ewan McGregor - Scottish actor, TRAINSPOTTING
Nigel Westlake - COMPOSER
Theatrical Release: December 29, 2006
3 stars out of 5 -- "[The role] gives Zellweger something to sink her thesping teeth into....It proves surprisingly touching." - 02/01/2007 Total Film, p.38
"As you watch, you're carried along by Zellweger's dotty eccentric glow..." -- Grade: B - 01/19/2007 Entertainment Weekly, p.55
"Potter emerges as a plucky heroine for all seasons....MISS POTTER is easy on the eyes..." - 01/05/2007 New York Times, p.E23
"MISS POTTER is an unabashed Victorian charmer so old-fashioned and earnest that it could have been written by Miss Beatrix herself." - 02/01/2007 Box Office, p.73
"Director Chris Noonan...brings some of Potter's most famous characters to life with a subtle mix of live action and animation." - 01/01/2007 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.97-98
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] touching biopic....It offers some interesting insights into Beatrix Potter the woman as well as the writer." - 05/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.118