Olivia FIRST VIEW: Keeley Hawes plays actress Patricia Neal alongside actor Hugh Bonneville Roald Dahl as they battle the death of their oldest daughter in a moving trailer
The first trailer for Sky Original To Olivia was unveiled on Thursday.
Keeley Hawes and Hugh Bonneville play the real husband and wife Patricia Neal and Roald Dahl, and the true story of their struggle with grief after the loss of their eldest daughter Olivia due to measles at the age of seven.
Opening Hugh’s Roald who tells the story of his family history, he says, ‘My name is Roald Dahl, and this is my wife Patricia Neal, the star of the stage and screen. We had two daughters, Olivia and Tessa, but the story can have many pages. ‘
Emotional: Keeley Hawes played Patricia Neal alongside Roald Dahl Hugh Bonneville as they battle the death of their daughter in Olivia’s first trailer, released Thursday
Patricia and Roald seem to be very much in love as they kiss and she tells him, ‘You’re one big kid, and the day you stop is the day of divorce.’
Clips of their happy family life quickly become dark due to Olivia’s sudden illness, which tragically passed away from measles-related encephalitis – just a week after contracting the disease.
In conversation with his son Theo, Roald seems withdrawn as he contemplates Olivia’s death, and scenes of her funeral are shown on the screen.
Movement: The film tells the true story of a husband and wife struggling with their grief after the loss of their eldest daughter Olivia from measles at the age of seven
Honestly: Opening Hugh’s Roald who tells a family story, he claims that “the story can have many pages” because it depicts a family in happier times before their daughter’s sudden illness
His depression is obvious not only to the audience but also to those around him, as a colleague comments: ‘The spark is gone from you, isn’t it Dahl?’
Keeley’s Patricia also tries to comfort her husband, as she tells him, ‘It’s not just you who’s lost. We have to fix it, before it’s so broken, we can’t fix it anymore. ‘
In grief, Roald is seen staring into the distance and staying in bed, while Olivia’s death affects both his children and wife.
Family: Patricia and Roald look like they’ve been in scenes since before Olivia’s death kissing and she tells him, ‘You’re one big kid, and the day you stop is the day we get divorced.’
Tragic: Olivia dies of measles encephalitis – just a week after contracting the disease
But Theo seems to be trying to reassure her father as she tells him, ‘Eventually we all become stories, don’t you think she’d like to be remembered with happiness.’
After Olivia’s death, Roald continues to write his beloved children’s novels, including Charlie And The Chocolate Factor, which was partly inspired by his oldest child.
Patricia assumes she liked the book, as he proudly claims, “I’d rather think she’d love it too.”
Mourning: Roald fell into a deep depression after Olivia’s death, and in the trailer Patricia tells him, ‘It’s not just you who’s lost. We have to fix it, before it’s so broken, we can’t fix it anymore ‘
Helpful Hint: His son Theo seems to be trying to reassure his father as he tells him, ‘Eventually we all become stories, don’t you think she’d like to be remembered with happiness’
Roald’s novels James And The Giant Peach and The BFG were dedicated to Olivia, and the latter was published 20 years after her death.
While the film explores Roald’s struggle with grief, in real life the author remained silent about her death until her own death, and feelings of loss were only revealed in a notebook discovered 28 years later.
Olivia will be available at Sky Cinema from February 19, 2021.
In her honor: Roald’s novels James And The Giant Peach and The BFG were dedicated to Olivia, and the last one was published 20 years after she passed away
One to watch: Olivia will be available at Sky Cinema from February 19, 2021