Set during the early 19th century, a romantic drama about the controversial, free-thinking wife of William Lamb, a British politician who eventually became Prime Minister. While married, Lady Caroline Lamb conducts a scandalous affair with the notorious Lord Byron, which threatens to ruin her husband's political aspirations.
Um, okay, "free-thinking" makes it sound like she was an abolitionist or something. She may have been free-thinking, but a more accurate term might be "bat shit crazy." She became obsessed with Byron, and during the course of their association tried to stab herself in public, sent him a lock of her pubic hair, and wrote a novel decrying him. I'm thinking Bolt may have changed history just a little bit.
This brings me to my point: do you think directors (or artists, in general) have an ethical responsibility to be as true-to-life as possible when making biopics? Someone who doesn't know any better might watch Lady Caroline Lamb and decide she was a wronged victim, while the truth is much more textured and layered. Why not make up a character who conducts an illicit affair with a poet who's a lot like Byron, saying that the story is loosely based on history?