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Glasgow Film Festival Review: The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung)

The fight for gender equality is far from over but Swiss film The Divine Order is a kind reminder of the sacrifices and personal battles fought by women for the right to vote. In this case, the battleground is a parochial town in Switzerland in 1971. Despite the cultural movement of the swinging sixties that we all know, Switzerland as a country was a little behind, particularly outside of the cities. A huge opportunity for change comes in a historical referendum…

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.…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 14th January 2018

The January blues are upon us but there's still plenty on the small screen to entertain. This week we're awaiting the release of two intriguing historical dramas and have received news of two big casting announcements. Are you ready? Let's begin... Two experimental historical dramas meet their due date As the Christmas trees go back to the garage, the time for cosy costume dramas of bonnets and cravats is over. In its place we've got two bombastic television shows to…

Meet The Real People Behind Five Classic Historical Dramas

Watching period dramas is one of the safest ways to escape the present. So, even though we aren’t able to travel in time, we can go back in the past by watching some of the best period dramas created. Today, we're looking at the real people that inspired five classic dramas, to separate a little fact from fiction. [caption id="attachment_1366" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Credit: HanWay Films[/caption] Becoming Jane (2007) If you’re a fan of period dramas, you must be acquainted with Jane…

Review: Gunpowder (Episodes 1-3)

Perfectly timed to conclude just before Guy Fawkes' day, BBC's latest historical drama Gunpowder took us behind the scenes of the infamous 1605 plot. A brainchild of Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington, it tells the story of Robert Catesby (a distant ancestor of Harington's) and the reasons behind his decision to attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The final direction of the plot won't be a surprise to anyone, but the BBC have attempted to counterbalance this…

Review: Victoria – Season 1

There's being late to the party and then there's panic watching eight hours of a series to be prepared for the sophomore season starting tonight. So first, apologies for not taking Victoria seriously when everyone was saying how great it was. I have only myself and Poldark to blame, since the Cornish BBC drama aired around the same time and made me choose every Sunday. Oh, and I'll blame the production company Masterpiece too - they made both excellent television…

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…

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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…