The Addictive Agony of Watching Poldark

Edgar Allan Poe, eternal literary legend and one of my favourite ultimate goths, wrote this in a letter during the last year of his life: 'I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge.' He was talking about alcohol in that letter, and the sentiment is tough and painful, but I was reminded of it in a far more frivolous tone whilst watching Poldark this week. The BBC drama has, in blunt terms, been…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 23rd July 2017

All the film and television news is coming from San Diego this week with Comic Con, but we've got a few period drama updates for you. Don't forget to catch up on BBC iPlayer too - yesterday had a whole afternoon devoted to Jane Austen to celebrate her bicentenary, and there's a number of documentaries now on offer if you can catch them! In the meantime, catch up on everything else here. Natalie Portman's Planetarium gets a US release date…

Review: Dunkirk

Director Christopher Nolan has become synonymous with mind-bending budget blockbusters, from his polarising sci-fi Inception to recent space epic Interstellar. This time he's focused on a subject more grounded with Dunkirk, a historical thriller set in the 1940 evacuation of British troops from the French coast. The final product is breathtaking in scale and unconventional in its storytelling approach. Dunkirk is divided into three intersecting stories - the beach, the sea and the air. Newcomer Fionn Whitehead leads the cast…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 16th July 2017

There's been a lack of posts on Lost In Drama this week, so apologies! An upcoming home move and a lot of travelling hasn't left the usual time for binge watching and writing. There was plenty of news however, so lets get caught up on what the last week has brought us for period dramas. Joe Wright's Darkest Hour gets its first trailer Another interpretation of Winston Churchill is coming to UK screens in the form of Darkest Hour, directed…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 9th July 2017

It's been a hectic week for period drama news, with a huge BBC adaptation getting its full cast and information being released about several much-anticipated feature films. Join us this week and get caught up - Full cast announced for the BBC's Little Women There's been a flurry of exciting casting announcements this week for the BBC's new adaptation for the Louise May Alcott classic, Little Women. A story beloved by generations, it follows the life of four young sisters as…

A Late Arrival’s Thoughts on Outlander Episode 1

As a television show that aired in 2014, I understand that I'm a very late arrival to the period drama Outlander. Yet despite being a British-American production filmed in Scotland, the show has only been aired on television channels in the US, Canada and Australia, whilst British audiences have only been able to watch with an Amazon Prime subscription. Part of this was due to the reluctance of British broadcasters to show the adult content of the show, and it's…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 2nd July 2017

It's been a quieter week when it comes to news about period dramas but there's still some goodness to recap, from Outlander's TV channel debut to the announcement of a brand new ITV drama. Step this way and get caught up... New adaptation of Thackeray's Vanity Fair in the works British broadcaster ITV have announced their plans for a seven part adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic Victorian novel Vanity Fair. Most recently turned into a 2004 Hollywood film starring Reese…

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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…