Tilda Swinton (well known for e.g. Orlando, 1992) plays
Lady Ada King Countess of Lovelace
who was a gifted 19th-century mathematician,
the daughter of poet Lord Byron, and
who documented aspects of
Charles Babbage's mechanical computing engines.
This has led to the suggestion that Ada was
in effect the world's first computer programmer -
not the typical role "expected" of 19th-century women.
She is also said to have been an avid gambler.
She died young and painfully of uterine cancer.
Emmy Coer, played by Karen Black,
a modern-day scientist, establishes contact
with Ada by unlikely means (dream or cyber chat/email through time?)
and attempts to influence her restricted life and sad end.
- Produced and Directed by: Lynn Hershmann Leeson
- From the cast:
- Karen Black ... Emmy's mother
- Francesca Faridany ... Emmy Coer
- Tilda Swinton ... Ada Lovelace
- Timothy Leary (!) ... Sims