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Edinburgh Film Festival Review: In Dubious Battle

After coming to prominence as part of Hollywood's 'Frat Pack' in the early noughties, James Franco has supplemented his work as an actor with a determined approach to becoming a prolific director. He's clearly putting the work in - after taking part in an Of Mice and Men production on Broadway in 2014, he's since directed no less than eight feature films, many of which are book adaptations. The work hasn't been consistent in quality, but his latest, In Dubious Battle, shows…

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Edinburgh Film Festival Review: Maudie

'Looking through that window, you see the whole of life already formed' Making its quiet entrance onto the festival circuit, Maudie brings the remarkable life of one woman to international audiences. Some may be familiar with Maud Lewis' (nee Dowley) artwork, as one of Canada's best known folk artists who passed away in 1970. As a joint effort between Canadian screenwriter Sherry White and Irish director Aisling Walsh, this film brings Maud Lewis to vibrant life with quiet pride. The…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 25th June 2017

This week we've got some casting news, a big film trailer, confirmation of a much-anticipated movie and a cheeky announcement by a brand! Ready? Let's get started in the latest period drama news - The Downton Abbey Movie Has Been Confirmed Devoted fans were devastated when the hit series finally ended, but there's some good news - the Downton Abbey movie has been confirmed by Associated Press, with an estimated production start date of 2018. President of NBC Universal, Michael…

Edinburgh Film Festival Review: The King’s Choice (Kongens nei)

Welcome to the first review in our coverage from Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017! We've picked out the best historical biopics and period dramas from the schedule, so look out for more reviews in the next week. Wherever your education, chances are that your history lessons on large world events stayed largely rooted in the actions of your own country. We witness past wars from the side of whoever our ancestors fought for, and understand our own pocket of history…

Review: Churchill

Films have a tendency to turn in a trend to a particular point in history in a kind of reaction to modern society and politics. This year, there's been an increase in films set during World War II, such as Dunkirk, Alone in Berlin and The Zookeeper's Wife. For British film and television in particular, this has lead to a focus on prime minister Winston Churchill, renowned as the symbol of British resistance during the war. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 18th June 2017

Business returns to usual this week with a flurry of exciting updates and trailers. From an beautiful and uplifting trailer without any disastrous events (so rare!), to everyone's favourite northerner taking on the role of an Italian aristocrat, read on for the latest news in the world of period dramas. Trailer Released for Goodbye Christopher Robin It's very common these days to see trailers that ramp up the misery until by the end of two minutes and thirty seconds, you…

Review: Poldark – Episode 1, Series 3

When it comes to upping the stakes, series 3 of Poldark has a genuine challenge on its hand. After a second series that divided fans and caused plenty of controversy, the next step is dealing with a whole load of fallout. Fortunately, episode 1 set the series with a fun and dramatic beginning, maintaining the central story arcs that have held so far whilst introducing us to a few vibrant new characters. The episode begins with some seriously impressive stuntwork,…

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This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 11th June 2017

It's been a quieter week of news about period dramas but we've collected the best of this week's interviews with industry insiders. From a revelation about the future of Taboo, to an incisive reflection of Daphne Du Maurier adaptation My Cousin Rachel by its star, settle down for a deep dive into the latest discussions about the genre. Writer Stephen Wright Confirms That Taboo Will Last Three Seasons Huffington Post UK exclusively broke the story that Taboo will be a…

Review: My Cousin Rachel

A crucial scene of My Cousin Rachel takes place between our youthful male protagonist and his concerned godfather, as the elder warns of this new mysterious woman who has entered their lives. Not only is her past murky to everyone, but there have been rumours of a 'limitless appetite'. In another scene, an old acquaintance of the woman speaks leerily of her 'great passion'. In this classic adaptation, the eponymous widow takes audiences through twists and turns, but what this…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 4th June 2017

From upcoming big screen treats to Shakespeare spin-offs, we've got this week's best selection of news all about period dramas. First up, very exciting news for our Sunday nights... Poldark Series 3 Gets Release Date of 11 June 2017 That's right, our favourite Cornish drama is being released on 11 June, just a week from today. It's been deliberately pushed forward from its usual autumn screen time to avoid any clashes with ITV's Victoria. The ratings battle got pretty intense…