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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…

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…

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,…

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…

Review: Cable Girls – Episodes 4 & 5

Don't forget to catch up on our review of episodes 2 and 3! In episodes 4 and 5 of Cable Girls (aka Las Chicas Del Cable), the stakes became a lot more real for our four leading women. The feminist message behind the show is coming face-to-face with real situations, as Alba and her friends must figure out what they're going to do with the cards they've been dealt. As ever, spoilers ahead... Cable Girls is still a beautiful show,…

Review: Cable Girls – Episodes 2 & 3

Completely new to the series? Check out our review of Cable Girls episode 1 first! After a delightful first episode, the next two hours of Cable Girls (or Las Chicas Del Cable) took the smart step of zooming out from our primary protagonist and spending more time on developing surrounding characters. It bodes well for the rest of the episodes, since this approach demonstrates a commitment to really creating a tangible setting, rather than just a simple main story. Watch…

Review: Jamestown – Episode 1

Imagine leaving behind everything you know to take on a brutal journey in a wooden boat, before arriving to meet the person you'll be tied to in a complex swirl of legal obligation and pressure. You'd better hope that they happen to be kind, with the alternative turning a brave new world into a ugly prison. There's the premise of Jamestown, Sky One's period drama set in the camp of the early English settlers, in what was later to be the…

Review: Cable Girls (Las Chicas del Cable) – Episode 1

Cable Girls, or Las Chicas del Cable to give the show its original name, is Netflix Original's first Spanish language drama and true to the streaming service's productions so far, it's a refreshing and lavish affair. A period drama that steps in the shadow of Baz Luhrmann whilst pushing an earnest message of feminism, it proudly stands apart from traditional British and American shows. Set in 1928, the story follows Lidia (Blanca Suarez), a mysterious woman who starts work as…

Review: Madame Bovary

Sophia Barthes’ Madame Bovary is a beautiful period adaptation of Gustav Flaubert’s novel that deals with its complicated heroine in a way that is both understanding and honest. The cinematography truly stands out as the star, making the film into a visual treat. The story follows the new wife of village doctor, Emma Bovary (Mia Wasikowska), who soon finds herself bored of the limited entertainments of a 19th century French provincial town. Her disappointment in her situation soon drives her…