Marilyn Monroe visited Britain just once, for a few months in 1956. She was newly married to the playright Arthur Miller but some reports suggest that the marriage was already in difficulties.

Marilyn was in Britain to make a film with Sir Laurence Olivier and his wife Vivien Leigh. She and Olivier loathed each over; she found him an abusive bully while he found her vain and unreliable. Her time in Britain was probably as complex and emotional as much of the rest of her life.

When I had the opportunity to work with Em Theresa at the beautiful Thurston Lodge, Em's look at the time immediately put me in mind of Marilyn's story. We used it as our inspiration.