I was wowed by “Emily” from writer-director Frances O’Connor.  I was expecting a by-the-numbers biopic but what I got was an intriguing, soulful, and vibrant look at the life of Emily Brontë played by the wonderful Emma Mackey.  Matching her is Oliver Jackson-Cohen as William Weightman.

I spoke to both Mackey (who recently received a BAFTA Rising Star Award) and Jackson-Cohen about the making of “Emily.”

“Emily” is now out in select theaters.

I adore wtiter/director/actress Frances O’Connor.  Besides a fantastic actress in films like “Mansfield Park,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” and “The Importance of Being Earnest,” O’Connor is now embarking behind the camera making her feature film debut with “Emily.”  And what a brilliant debut!  The film is haunting, meditative, and entertaining to boot!

I spent some time with the filmmaker to talk about the making of “Emily,” Emma Mackey, and why she focused on Emily among the Brontë sisters.