Hilary and Jackie (1998)

Directed by
Anand Tucker

This brilliant film is a touching and tragic true-life story of the brilliant Internationally renowned concert cellist, Jacqueline Du Pré as viewed from her sister, Hilary & brother's, Piers point of view.

From their childhood together Hilary (Rachel Griffiths) was the talented musician playing the Flute. She was constantly in demand for her talent and Jacqueline, at the time pailed into the distance.

However when their mother, Iris (Celia Imrie) scolded a young Jacqueline by telling her that the only way she can spend time with her sister is if she becomes as talented as her, and this was the start of it all!

At her debut performance at Wigmore Hall she was presented the Stradivarius Davidoff by an unknown benefactor. Following a wedding appearance in Italy the lives of Hilary and Jacqueline separated as Hilary returned to London and her flute studies whilst Jacqueline embarked on her international concert career.

In London Hilary married Kiffer Finzi (David Morrissey) and started a family whilst Jacqueline met and married the renowned pianist and conductor, Daniel Barenboim (James Frain).

What begins as a success story; two gifted musicians in love, turns to tragedy when Jaqueline is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

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Also known as "Hilary et Jackie", "Hilary y Jackie"

Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1998

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Colour


Image for Emily WatsonEmily Watson...Jacqueline du Pré
Image for Rachel GriffithsRachel Griffiths...Hilary du Pré
Image for James FrainJames Frain...Daniel Barenboim
Image for David MorrisseyDavid Morrissey...Kiffer Finzi
Image for Charles DanceCharles Dance...Derek du Pré
Celia Imrie...Iris du Pré
Image for Rupert Penry-JonesRupert Penry-Jones...Piers du Pré
Image for Bill PatersonBill Paterson...Cello Teacher
Auriol Evans...Young Jackie
Keeley Flanders...Young Hilary
Grace Chatto...Teena
Nyree Dawn Porter...Dame Margot Fonteyn
Maggie McCarthy...Margaret
Image for Vernon DobtcheffVernon Dobtcheff...Professor Bentley
Anthony Smee...BBC Nabob