The Last Letter from Your Lover - In cinemas August 6th
Adapted from the best-selling novel by Jojo Moyes, The Last Letter from Your Lover is an exciting new film celebrating the art of love letter writing.
Love letters have played an integral part in our lives and history.
From everyday people to King and Queens, a love letter transcends through every corner of society. A simple piece of paper adorned by such powerful words that it can send an embrace, warmth, love and passion across continents.
Mark Twain once wrote in his autobiography: "The frankest and freest product of the human mind and heart is a love letter."
The Last Letter from Your Lover
The Last Letter from Your Lover, in cinemas from August 6th, is a passionate, dual-narrative love story set in the French Riviera and London during the 1960s and present day.
The Last Letter from Your Lover tells the tale of elegant Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley) and how her life becomes inextricably interwoven with that of Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones) in life changing events which connect them across almost half a century.
Jennifer lives a luxurious life with her wealthy and powerful husband Laurence (Joe Alwyn). When an unfortunate event wipes her memory, she struggles to find her identity until she stumbles upon wistful love letters hidden in her home. The passionate notes unravel a star-crossed love affair she had with foreign correspondent Anthony O’Hare (Callum Turner) and ultimately lead her to discover her true self.
Jennifer’s story becomes intertwined with that of Ellie, a whip-smart journalist in contemporary London, who discovers and becomes enthralled by these love letters from a bygone era. As she begins to piece them together with the help of archivist Rory (Nabhaan Rizwan), she sets off on a journey that will entangle the two women’s lives forever.
The history of love letter writing
One of the earliest references to Love Letters dates to Indian mythology of more than 5000 years ago, but love letters as we know them today likely begin in the 14th century.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a prolific writer of love letters was Henry VIII. Letters shared between him and both Anne Boleyn and Catherine Parr are still in existence today.
Below is an extract from one such letter from Catherine Parr to Henry VIII, sent July 1544:
“Whereas I know your Majesty’s absence is never without great respects of things most convenient and necessary, yet love and affection compelleth me to desire your presence. And again, the same zeal and love forces me also to be best content with that which is your will and pleasure. And thus love maketh me in all things to set apart mine own commodity and pleasure, and to embrace most joyfully his will and pleasure whom I love. God, the knower of secrets, can judge these words not to be only written with ink, but most truly impressed in the heart.”
Love letters from the archive
Shailene Woodley from the cast of The Last Letter from Your Lover, took the time to read a letter kindly shared by the The Postal Museum. One story that caught her eye was that of Ian and Joan.
Ian McLennan wrote to Joan Walker during their early courtship, then Ian, like so many, left for military service. Not to be deterred, they continued to write to each other, keeping them connected across the distance that divided them.
Eight decades later, their words remain as powerful as the day they were written.