This Week in Period Dramas (Trailer Special!) – Sunday News Roundup 10th September 2017

September 10, 2017

This week in our news roundup, it’s all about the latest trailers! Now that the August lull of films is over, the public is getting a first look at major awards contenders and serious television drama for the colder months ahead. There’s already a great line-up when it comes to period dramas – let’s see what we’ve got to look forward to…

The ‘Oscar movie’ – The Current War

Well, this is one full-on trailer for super-serious drama The Current War. It follows the legendary ‘War of Currents’, as Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) fought in the late 19th century to have their separate electricity systems chosen for powering the world. It’s directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and will be released November 24, 2017. It’s due to have its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival this week.

Although Cumberbatch is playing his now familiar role of ambitious, yet heartless, visionary, it’s nice to see the always-consistent Shannon in the cast. Nicholas Hoult turns up as Nikola Tesla which gives me a little hope for how they’ll portray the morally debatable Edison – after all, Tesla was the brains behind the inventions.

The festival favourite – Mudbound

Mudbound is the latest feature from American screenwriter and director Dee Rees, and will be premiering on Netflix on November 17, 2017. Starring Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan and Mary J. Blige, the film follows a family in Mississippi as they deal with the racism of the American south and the after-effects of World War II.

It had its world premiere at Sundance last January and the response from critics there was unanimous praise. It may not be highly promoted at the moment, but all reviews so far suggest that Mudbound is a complete must-see, so keep an eye out for it in November!

The festive period drama – The Man Who Invented Christmas

Not just a Christmas film, but a Christmas period drama, there’s a new film about Dickens on the horizon and it looks like a lot of fun. In The Man Who Invented Christmas, Dan Stevens takes the role of the writer during October 1843, where according to records, Dickens was trying to recover from a tough streak of book sales and publish something that would reawaken his career. That book would become A Christmas Carol.

This film seems to take that concept and run with it to something far more fictional and frivolous, with Christopher Plummer appearing as a vision of Ebenezer Scrooge who helps Dickens form the classic tale. The trailer gives a great first impression – maybe this will be memorable enough to join the exclusive list of Christmas movies to watch every year. It’s due be released this November.

The next huge Netflix series – Alias Grace

After the success of Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, CBC and Netflix have approached another Margaret Atwood novel in the form of Alias Grace. While the former was a piece of speculative fiction, the source material of Alias Grace takes a historical figure in the shape of murderess Grace Marks and uses fiction to expand on her story.

Marks was a servant in Canada who was imprisoned in 1843 for the murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper. The novel delves deeper into the case, exploring the idea of implausibility and the drive that causes people to commit the ultimate crime. This series will air on Netflix on November 3, 2017, and stars Sarah Gadon (A Royal Night Out) in the lead role.

Check in with us next Sunday for our next news roundup.

More about Jen Scouler

Jen Scouler is a magazine journalist, film critic and the founder of Lost In Drama. With degrees in both English Literature and Digital Journalism, she has experience of writing for popular print and online publications. Jen is also devoted to her metaphorical novelist aunties - Aunt Jane, Charlotte and Jo are particular favourites - and is usually found with an Earl Grey tea in hand.

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    1. I am really looking forward to the Alias Grace series…loved the Handmaid’s Tale recently.

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