BBC Confirms Adaptations of ‘Howard’s End’ & ‘The Woman In White’

There's an exciting year ahead for period drama fans with the BBC's confirmation of two new classic novel adaptations, E.M. Forster's Howard's End and Wilkie Collins' The Woman In White. Both are being crafted by top writers and already have an impressive cast. [caption id="attachment_611" align="alignright" width="230"] L: Matthew Mcfadyen R: Hayley Atwell[/caption] The novel Howard's End is centred around three English families in the early 20th century. It's a complex look at Edwardian social classes, and was memorably adapted into…

Glasgow Film Festival Review: A Quiet Passion

Emily Dickinson was a remarkable poet who led an understated life in comparison to the magic and deep reflection of her writing. Following on from a portrayal of the Brontes in the BBC's To Walk Invisible, A Quiet Passion shines a light on another mysterious literary giant and one of their near-contemporaries. The film is an attentive biopic, following Dickinson from a turbulent youth to her last days. Surrounding her in the quiet Massachusetts town of Amherst are her siblings…

Glasgow Film Festival Review: Lady Macbeth

Romantic unions are a fragile balancing act, easily knocked off course by inequality and control. Director William Oldroyd’s first feature film Lady Macbeth takes an unconventional approach to the period genre and uses it to draw a vision of a desperate reclamation of control in a doomed marriage - or at least, an attempt at one. Florence Pugh (The Falling) is the lead character Katherine, who provides the inspiration for the familiar name in the title. An adaptation of a classic…

Glasgow Film Festival Review: Their Finest

Director Lone Scherfig’s latest film, Their Finest, is beautiful, yet largely conventional period drama. Another book adaptation of the director’s, it mixes humour with an excellent cast to tell a story that’s largely unknown to modern audiences. However a controversial twist doesn’t manage to distract by its one major mistake - portraying a worn cliche to a tired female audience. Their Finest follows a young copywriter, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton), who by a turn of luck during the Second World…

A Valentine’s Special – The 10 Most Romantic Lines From Period Dramas

It's Valentine's Day, and what better day to look at the most romantic lines in period dramas? I've counted down my top 10 quotes, utterly subjective and unlikely to match anyone else's list should they make it. In terms of the films or television episodes I've referenced, I'm aware that some will be quotes from the original literature or have been repeated many times over in other adaptations. These are just the adaptations where I most enjoyed the quote! So…

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Eva Green & Gemma Arterton Cast In New Virginia Woolf Biopic ‘Vita and Virginia’

In exciting casting news, actresses Eva Green and Gemma Arterton have been cast in a new biopic about famed author Virginia Woolf. It follows her love affair with Vita Sackville-West, a poet and novelist, during the late 1920s. Titled Vita and Virginia, Green has been cast as Woolf, whilst Arterton will be playing Sackville-West. The relationship has long drawn widespread interest amongst literature fans and scholars, acknowledged as being one of the key inspirations behind Woolf's best known novel Orlando.…

Trailer Released for Sofia Coppola’s Period Drama Thriller ‘The Beguiled’

The teaser trailer has been unveiled for writer/direct Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, a period drama thriller starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst. Based on a Southern Gothic novel titled the A Painted Devil by Thomas P. Cullinan, the film is set in the American Civil War. It follows the story of a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell), who is rescued by the women in an all-female boarding school. Soon jealousy and attraction begins to cause trouble in the school,…

Review: Love & Friendship

Let's face it, part of the reason we all flock to period drama adaptations of Jane Austen's work is that to a certain extent, we know what to expect. We know it's likely to be beautiful, with rich costumes and sweeping music. It's also likely to be slower paced than regular cinema, taking its time over character developments to advance the plot in small motions. Love & Friendship, last year's adaptation of Austen's early novella Lady Susan, disregards those unspoken…

Call The Midwife wins first ‘Best Period Drama’ accolade at National Television Awards

Call The Midwife proved to the the public's favourite at the National Television Awards last night, winning the newly introduced category of 'Best Period Drama' despite fierce competition. The award has been created after an intense year of top period dramas. Also nominated for the accolade was Poldark, Victoria, Stranger Things and Peaky Blinders. Many expected Poldark to scoop the top prize after it narrowly missed out on 'Best New Drama' last year, but in the viewer-voted decision, the long-running 1950s-set drama…