(DVD) (2010)
A portrait of Emily Dickinson
through her poems and letters 

The DVD “BECOMING EMILY” includes some forty poems and thirty letter extracts. A detailed 8-page booklet is included with the DVD. 
RUNNING TIME 1 hour 20 minutes


Emily Dickinson’s stature as a major poet has taken many years to emerge. This film imagines Dickinson’s thoughts in 1885, the year before her death, as she turns through a family album and re-encounters significant persons and events in her life.

The forty or so poems included here, some well known, some less so, lay out the poet’s views on nature and religion, love and death, as well as showing, typically in startling colors, her deepest passions, joys and fears.

Through the medium of some thirty letter extracts, we meet her family, particularly Edward her father, together with friends such as Susan Dickinson, Charles Wadsworth and Sam Bowles, with larger treatment given to the major figure in her final years, Judge Otis Lord.

Significant events, again dealt with chiefly through letters, include the brief and not too happy spell at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, the correspondence with Higginson and his eventual visit, her eye problems including the visit to Boston, and the loss of her beloved Carlo. In the final scenes, we see the illness and fainting attack which signaled her own approaching end.

Emily Dickinson is played by Nicola Howard.
Co-directed by Norman Worrall and Marcus Korhonen.
Shot on location in Kent, England.

for viewing on YouTube

The Becoming Emily DVD is available for purchase via Visible Music and on 
PAL version for Europe, Africa, India, Australia and other countries, and
NTSC version for N.America, S.America, Japan and other countries.

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Customer reviews

- “Wonderful service. Delighted with the DVD which arrived quickly. Many thanks!“ (2018)
- “Swift and efficient service. A wonderful film. Highly recommended.“ (2017)
- “Most engaging. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Emily Dickinson's poems or life.“(2015)
- “Excellent product and service.“ (2015)
- “Definitely recommend.” (2015)
- “Whereas documentaries and fiction films about the lives of culturally significant figures make regular appearances, it is rare indeed to discover a truly successful attempt to bridge the two. Norman Worrall and Marcus Korhonen's video portrait of poet Emily Dickinson is a fine example of this most difficult form. Beautifully photographed, this potent and revealing biography blends dramatic re-construction of significant events, with readings of intimate letters and much of her poetry, to produce a rich and ultimately very moving account of the poet's life.“ (2010)
- “A beautiful film. I've just watched this wonderful portrait of Emily Dickinson. She's a poet I have always struggled with, but this dvd provides a biographical context that make those brief enigmatic lines become full of meanings and feeling. You get a real sense of her uneventful, rather closeted, but intensely experienced life.“ (2010)