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Review: Howards End – Episode 4

The final episode of the BBC's Howards End raced to its conclusion, leaving both us and its characters in quiet reflection. Much has changed since the chaotic London house of the Shlegels in the beginning of the story, as oldest sister Margaret now spends her days in a rich stately home (West Wycombe House provides the setting), compromising daily with her boorish husband Henry. Helen, meanwhile, has vanished to Germany, refusing to speak to her family. Tibby is the only…

Review: Howards End – Episode 3

After some packed episodes, Howards End dropped its pace ever so slightly for episode three, turning its focus onto the key themes of inequality and self. Spoilers ahead, but self is exactly what one character is losing, as Margaret Schlegel finds herself drawn ever closer into the wealthy life of family patriarch Henry Wilcox. His proposal to her is something of a mystery. When it's accepted, his first steps are to 'discuss business', rather than take a romantic stroll around…

Review: Howards End – Episode 2

Episode two of Howards End flew past in record style, to the point where I had to check my watch for the time. It's a mark of the strength of the Hettie Macdonald's directing and Kenneth Lonergan's writing that these episodes are so engrossing. They certainly don't feel like the 55-minute running time. This episode begins with a big reveal (spoilers, obviously), as Ruth Wilcox's final note before her death bequeaths the family home Howards End to Margaret Schlegel. Margaret…

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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…

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…

Poldark Producers Optioning Historical Novels ‘The Lymond Chronicles’ For New Series

In exciting news for Poldark fans, producers Mammoth Screen have optioned historical novel series The Lymond Chronicles and will be pitching their ideas for an adaptation to top broadcasters. News revealed by the novelist's fan society, the series has a strong fan following and promise pure romance with high drama and action. Written by Dorothy Dunnett, The Lymond Chronicles comprises of six novels published from 1961 to 1975. It follows the story of a charismatic young Scottish nobleman, called Francis Crawford…