Director Josephine Decker takes an imaginative and eerie approach to the literary biopic, playing fast and loose with biographical details to get to the uncanny, rebellious heart of Jackson’s art. The film received its world premiere earlier this year at Sundance, where it won the US Dramatic Special Jury Award for auteur filmmaking.
Shirley Jackson (Moss) is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds (Odessa Young and Logan Lerman) upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband (Michael Stuhlbarg).
With the men increasingly absent, Shirley and Rose develop a relationship that blurs boundaries and allows both to challenge the stuffy patriarchal atmosphere of 1950s America.
★★★★★ "Shirley is sensuous and beguiling, an act of pure witchcraft" - Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent
★★★★ "Part psychological horror, part erotic thriller, with none of the conventions of a biopic, Shirley will keep you enthralled (and guessing) until the very last second." - Terri White, Empire
"As a fictionalised version of real-life author Shirley Jackson, Moss is satisfyingly cantankerous and contemptuous" - Peter Bradshaw's Film Of The Week, The Guardian
★★★★ "Elisabeth Moss's magnificence will loosen the screws in your head" - Charlotte O'Sullivan, Evening Standard