February 18, 2018

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This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 18th February 2018

The next couple of years have some exciting new additions in the world of period dramas, judging from this week's news. This last year has been really amazing for movies, something I'm reminded of as I've been working through the major Oscar hopefuls (check out the reviews here). Luckily, it seems that there's plenty more movie magic coming our way. Anyway, grab a cup of tea and lets go through the headlines... First trailer for novel adaptation of The Guernsey Literary…

Review: Phantom Thread

Paul Thomas Anderson, marked out as the next legendary American director,  has a roster of impossibly brilliant films to his name, from There Will Be Blood to The Master. He's experimented with genre and infused films that should be heavy tomes with a strange and dark humour. Sometimes it feels like watching his films is watching them fifty years in the future, where they'll be viewed again as classics. This sounds effusive, and it is, but it's hardly unwarranted. Phantom…

Review: Journey’s End

First announced as part of the centenary of the First World War, this film adaptation of beloved 1928 play Journey's End by R.C. Sherriff brings a story of the trenches to a wider audience. Directed by Saul Dibb (The Duchess) and featuring a starry British cast that includes Paul Bettany and Sam Claflin, it takes the restrictions of the source material and finds new opportunity, without losing the emotional ties at the centre. The story follows a group of officers…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 4th February 2018

With awards season in full swing, news that doesn't involve a little gold statuette has been pretty thin on the ground in the last couple of weeks. As ever with awards though, period dramas have been well represented at the Oscars, from Rachel Morrison's historical nomination for Best Cinematography on Mudbound, to Phantom Thread's recognition for Costume Design and The Shape of Water's 13 nods. We'll be reviewing a few of those films over the next few weeks, starting with…

Review: Darkest Hour

The obsession with Winston Churchill on screen continues into this year with Joe Wright's Darkest Hour. This time, the film is Oscar nominated, with Gary Oldman's performance as the wartime prime minister singled out as the one to take Best Actor. Despite all these plaudits, the film feels unnecessary - a ponderous exercise and a caricature of a man whose portrayals peaked with John Lithgow in The Crown. Directed by Joe Wright, this film should be a period drama staple.…