Double bill of films starring Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I. In 'Elizabeth' (1998), It's 1554 and England is ruled by the fervently Catholic Queen Mary (Kathy Burke), whose persecution of Protestants even extends to her own half-sister, Elizabeth (Blanchett). When Mary dies, Elizabeth succeeds to the throne, but finds her country under threat from the Scots, French and Spanish. Although conducting an affair with Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester (Joseph Fiennes), Elizabeth is urged by her advisors to wed and produce an heir. Meanwhile, plots against her are being hatched by the Catholic bishops, and Elizabeth soon becomes the target of an assassination attempt. In 'Elizabeth:The Golden Age' (2007), Blanchett reprises her role as the 'Virgin Queen'. This time round Elizabeth has to contend with the rising power of Spain, as Philip II (Jordi Molla) readies an armada for invasion, intent on returning England to Catholic influence. While her trusty servant Sir Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush) works tirelessly to protect her from numerous plots, Elizabeth discovers she has a potential weakness in her fondness for Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen).
Contains the sweeping historical epics Elizabeth
and its sequel, Elizabeth - The Golden Age
is set in England, 1554 and Princess Elizabeth remains in grave danger from a dying Queen Mary, a Catholic, who has weakened England financially and religiously. On her death Elizabeth is made Queen and sets about wiping out all opposition to her leadership.
With her rule being publicly challenged by Spanish king Phillip II, Elizabeth - The Golden Age
sees Queen Elizabeth I up against great turmoil, both politically and in her personal life.