"The expense of spirit in a waste of shame is lust in action; and till action lust is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame." The quote is from sonnet 129.
This 2005 BBC production was made in association with the Open University. It was a TV film that attempted to solve the mysteries of the identities of those referred to by Shakespeare in his sonnets: the fair youth and the dark lady. Despite being made for TV, it has high production values and could well have had a cinema release. (The only faux pas that I could discern was the neat and tidy brickwork of some of the houses.)
The story begins in 1596 with the death in Stratford of Shakespeare's only son, Hamnet, and ends in 1609 when the playwright hands over his manuscript of sonnets to his publisher and discusses the dedication. The story considers that the fair youth is William Herbert, "a very Adonis himself" according to his mother (played by Zoe Wanamaker), and "the master-mistress of my passion" according to Shakespeare, played convincingly by Rupert Graves. Herbert is played well by the long-legged and beautiful Tom Sturridge with a knowing smile; the dark lady is supposed to be Lucie, "a Moorish half-breed" who is French and a doxey. She is played by Indira Varma. The twist is that both of Shakespeare's loves - the fair youth and the dark lady - are themselves emotionally entwined.
I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the proposed identifications - the screenwriter is written by William Boyd - but the production is very down-to-earth compared with Hollywood's rendering of Shakespeare's life, and the film is all the better for that. (Fancy a mercury bath to cure your pox?) Much of the filming was done at Knole in Kent, which can be confusing for those who know it as the house stands in for a number of different settings. The film has a very good soundtrack by Kevin Sargent.
Alas, there are no extras.