Affinity (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Affinity (2008)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 949 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Runtime: 120 min | Germany:94 min
  • Filming Location: Bucharest, Romania
  • Director: Tim Fywell
  • Stars: Zoe Tapper, Anna Madeley and Domini Blythe
  • Original Music By: Frédéric Weber   
  • Soundtrack: Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep
  • Plot Keyword: Prison | Medium | Betrayal | Lesbian | Con Artist

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Andrew Davies 
  • Sarah Waters  novel

Known Trivia

    Plot: A grieving upper class woman becomes a "Lady Visitor" at Millbank prison, hoping to escape her troubles… See more »  »

    Story: A grieving upper class woman becomes a "Lady Visitor" at Millbank prison, hoping to escape her troubles and be a guiding figure in the lives of the female prisoners. Of all her friendships with prisoners, she is most fascinated by Selina – a medium. Set in the 1870s.Written by Anonymous  


    Synopsis: Affinity is a beautifully shot costume drama set in Victorian England. Like Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith, it has a lesbian romance at the heart of a tale that explores the underside of "proper" society. With a gloomy prison setting and a host of supernatural undertones, the movie carries a darker tone and creepier setting than the previous two works, but is consistent with the mood of the novel it is based on.

    The film centers on Margaret (Anna Madeley), a wealthy young woman suffering from depression after the death of her father and the rejection of her best friend and former lover who’s gone and married her brother. Searching for a new way to get through her days, she signs up to become a "lady visitor" at a bleak women’s prison, Millbank.

    A mysterious girl named Selina (Zoe Tapper) soon catches her eye. Selina claims to be a spirit medium a person who channels spirits and the souls of the dead. She’s also serving a long sentence after being convicted for murder, but she claims the murder was the work of one particularly strong and malicious spirit called Peter Quick.

    At first, Margaret doesn’t know what to think about Selina’s mystical leanings, but after a few close encounters of her own (including a physical "manifestation" that’s impossible to ignore), she begins to believe. After an initial curiosity and attraction, their relationship builds slowly through Margaret’s many visits, and her reservations begin to melt away. She becomes obsessed with her mysterious friend, and the pair begins to bristle under the watchful eyes of the prison guards, particularly the head matron, who suspects that the two women are "sweet on" each other.

    Outside of Millbank, Margaret falls deeper and deeper under Selina’s spell and begins to investigate Selina’s murky history. Her family and friends tolerate her bizarre new interests to a point, but everyone would prefer that she marry and settle down as soon as possible.

    Margaret, of course, has other plans involving Selina and the supernatural. In many ways, Margaret is as much a prisoner in her own life, dictated by gender rules and societal expectations, as Selina is in her physical cell.

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    Produced By:

    • Adrian Bate known as producer
    • Andrew Davies known as executive producer
    • Greg Dummett known as producer
    • Patrick Irwin known as executive producer
    • Bogdan Moncea known as line producer
    • Vivianne Morin known as executive producer
    • Gub Neal known as executive producer
    • Justin Thomson-Glover known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Zoe Tapper known as Selina Dawes (as Zoë Tapper)
    • Anna Madeley known as Margaret Prior
    • Domini Blythe known as Mother Prior
    • Amanda Plummer known as Miss Ridley
    • Mary Jo Randle known as Mrs. Jelf
    • Caroline Loncq known as Ruth Vigers
    • Anne Reid known as Mrs. Brink
    • Vincent Leclerc known as Theophilus
    • Anna Massey known as Miss Haxby
    • Ferelith Young known as Helen
    • Sara Lloyd-Gregory known as Madeleine (as Sara Lloyd Gregory)
    • Brett Watson known as Stephen Prior
    • Candis Nergaard known as Black Eyed Sue
    • Kenneth Hadley known as Prison Porter
    • Sarah Crowden known as Ada
    • Sarah Bedi known as Agnes D'Esterre
    • Jason Morell known as Mr. Shillitoe
    • Buffy Davis known as Mrs. Sylvester
    • Paul Clayton known as Mr. Vincy
    • Kate Rutter known as Mrs. Vincy
    • Nickolas Grace known as Mr. Hither
    • Jayne Denny known as Shop Lady
    • Simon Green known as Mr. Tredlicott
    • Simon Markey known as Mr. Dance
    • Jackie Fielding known as Susan Pilling (uncredited)
    • Johanna Stanton known as Mrs. Binks Maid (uncredited)

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Katy Fray known as head of crowd hair: UK
    • Katy Fray known as head of crowd makeup: UK
    • Réjean Goderre known as key hair stylist
    • Miruna Panaitescu known as makeup artist
    • Diane Simard known as key makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Adi Handac known as property master
    • Marin Mihai-Cosmin known as head painter
    • Monica Muntean known as assistant art director
    • Andi Rosu known as props buyer
    • Peter Davis known as paint sample specialist (uncredited)


    Production Companies:

    • Box TV
    • Cité-Amérique
    • Castel Film Romania

    Other Companies:

    • Movie Lot, The  security
    • Premium Sound  post-production sound services (original score mix)


    • PRO-FUN media Filmverleih (2009) (Germany) (all media)
    • Homescreen (2008) (Belgium) (DVD)
    • Homescreen (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • Independent Television (ITV) (2008) (UK) (TV)
    • NBD Television Ltd. (2008) (worldwide) (all media)

    ..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

    • Francois Croteau known as digital matte painter

    Release Date:

    • USA 3 May 2008 (Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)
    • USA 19 June 2008 (San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival)
    • USA 11 July 2008 (Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
    • USA 16 July 2008 (Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
    • USA 15 August 2008 (Sarasota GLBT Film Festival)
    • Australia 6 September 2008 (Adelaide Queer Film Festival)
    • South Africa 7 September 2008 (Out in Africa Film Festival)
    • USA 18 October 2008 (Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival)
    • USA 25 October 2008 (Reel Affirmations)
    • Canada 31 October 2008 (Inside/Out Festival)
    • UK 28 December 2008 (TV premiere)
    • Belgium 16 January 2009 (Brussels Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
    • Sweden 25 January 2009 (Gothenburg Film Festival)
    • Germany March 2009 (Verzaubert Film Festival)
    • Australia 29 March 2009 (Melbourne Queer Film Festival)
    • Australia 9 April 2009 (Brisbane Queer Film and Video Festival)
    • Greece May 2009 (OutView Film Festival)
    • USA 30 May 2009 (FilmOut San Diego)
    • Monaco June 2009 (Monte Carlo Television Festival)


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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