This is the story of Emilia Bassano: the first British woman to become a professional poet, and, many scholars believe, the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s famous sonnets. Set in Tudor and Stuart England, this is a rousing tale of female authorship, empowerment and censorship; a seismic call to arms.

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm will be adapting her Laurence Olivier Award winning play EMILIA for the screen.


This film will be produced by Ardimages UK. Annetta Laufer is attached as director.


Writer: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Producers: BAFTA nominated Manon Ardisson (God’s Own Country) and Chiara Ventura