Two smiling women (Jessie Buckley and Olivia Colman) walk along a windswept beach.

About Wicked Little Letters

It’s the 1920s and there’s a scandal brewing in the charming seaside town of Littlehampton. Residents have started receiving anonymous poison-pen letters, brimming with curse words and scandalous prose. Who is writing them?

Edith Swan (Olivia Colman) is one of those residents. The letters assassinate her character in the most blue-tinged language imaginable and, when they start to stack up, her scripture-quoting father Edward (Timothy Spall) insists the culprit be found. With law enforcement reluctantly investigating, Edith bandies a pet theory that her neighbour Rose (Jessie Buckley) might mean her harm. Rose is the opposite of Edith: loud, brash and unapologetic about all of it. When the police arrest her in the letters case, it doesn’t sit well with Police Officer Gladys Moss (Anjana Vasan). With her superiors unwilling to listen, she gathers a group of unlikely yet resourceful female volunteers to get to the bottom of the mystery.

What begins as a village whodunnit suitable for the pearl-clutching set evolves into a profound statement about the stifling social confines around women’s behaviour and their possible tragic consequences.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers and adverts. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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