Road Dahl is known for its fun, humorous, and compelling children’s books – from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to James and the Giant Peach

His life wasn’t all about wonka bars and big friendly giants, however, as Sky Cinema’s latest film, To Olivia, will show

Directed by John Hay (The Truth About Love, Lost Christmas), this heart-wrenching original film from Sky Cinema examines how Dahl and his wife Patricia Neal coped with the loss of their young daughter

So what is the movie about and who is Olivia? You need to know that

The film is based on the true events of Dahl and Neal’s lives the year after they lost their daughter Olivia to measles in 1962 when they were only seven years old

While Dahl, played by Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, is considered one of the most talented child writers of all time, he also had an unsociable and unfriendly side that is explored in the film

The film also explores the relationship between Neal and Dahl as the writer mourns Olivia’s death while attacking his then-wife as she tries to get back into acting

According to director John Hay, while addressing Dahl’s grief, the film focuses more on the effects of his behavior on Neal as she tried to hold back her emotions in order to support her husband

Hay told BT TV: “In a way, this is Patricia Neal’s story. You watch a story about Roald Dahl and then see how he makes his daughter’s death his grief and how Patricia summarizes her grief.” p>

He added, “We have all experienced grief in different ways, and whether you’re a famous movie star or a writer, it’s something we all go through

“The film goes through the five phases of grief, anger, negotiation, depression, denial and finally acceptance”

Hay has said he was a huge fan of Roald Dahl, who as a little boy read and carried around Charlie and the Chocolate Factory More than 50 years later, he described a movie about Dahl as a real privilege

Neal was played by Keeley Hawes (It’s a Sin to Find Alice) in Olivia and was an American actress from Tennessee who married Dahl in 1953

Her roles included WWII widow Helen Benson in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and Emily Eustace Failenson in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

She then played as housekeeper Alma Brown in Hud – the role she first took on in 1963 after the death of her seven-year-old daughter – and won the Academy Award for Best Actress

In 1978 the Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville dedicated the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center to her, thanks to her awareness and commitment to people suffering from paralysis after her son’s accident

Neal and Dahl met when he moved to New York and the couple married in 1953

The couple spent seven years together in the US before moving back to the UK and raising their family in Buckinghamshire, England

The couple welcomed their eldest, Olivia Twenty, in 1955, followed by their sister Chantal Sophia “Tessa” in 1957

Theo Matthew was born in 1960 and when he was only four months old, a taxi crashed into him, leaving brain damage

The couple then returned to England where they greeted Ophelia Magdalena in 1964 and Lucy Neal in 1965

Neal and Dahl also have two grandchildren – Sophie and Phoebe Dahl Sophie is a British model and cookbook author Phoebe is a fashion designer, philanthropist and suffragette

With the NOW TV Sky Cinema Pass you can watch Watch To Olivia from 19 Watch February in Sky Cinema

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