‘IN THE GARDEN OF THE KING’ 2018

FILM ON KING LEOPOLD II’s BRUTAL GENOCIDE IN KONGO 

A dark topic, but one that was long over due to be covered on the big screen, although it was somewhat mentioned in last year’s Tarzan. As ‘Deadline’ reports, Jonah Renck is set to helm IN THE GARDEN OF THE KING movie about the genocide of the Congolese people by King Leopold II of Belgium between 1885 -1908. The story is told through the eyes of three protagonists, each living in different parts of the world in different eras: a present day Belgian aid worker; a Victorian shipping merchant and a colonial Congo girl warrior. Their fates are intertwined by their unexpected involvement in history’s greatest forgotten atrocity — the Belgian genocide in the Congo.

HISTORY LESSON
The atrocities of Belgian king Leopold II have been largely hidden in Western world even though he was one of the greatest villains the world has ever seen who launched a shockingly brutal genocide of millions of black people after he conquered the Congo as his own colony in the 1880s! He also left millions of people maimed with their hands cut off if they failed to reach the daily rubber picking quota. Countless holes were dug out later on with dozens of thousands of severed limbs. His soldiers used to burn down whole villages, cutting of the heads and genitals of men and hanging women and children on the village palisades. The number of dead people in the exploited Congo was over ten million! That number bought Leopold’s personal fortune which was estimated to be close to $500 million, a number that made him the richest man in the world of that time.

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‘VANITY FAIR’ EPIC TV SERIES 2018

OLIVIA COOKE TO LEAD THE CAST
British ITV  have found the lead for their ultra lavish television series adaptation of Thackeray’s Victorian saga VANITY FAIR! The seven episode epic series will also stream on Amazon. Mammoth Screen who is producing Poldark and Victoria will be doing this one as well!
Olivia Cooke (who recently went Victorian in Limehouse Golem) will take the lead role of Becky Sharp in the series that follows her stoic and unscrupulous attempts to make her way in English society in the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and the rule of King George IV! The shooting starts this September in London and Budapest, so expect other casting updates this summer!

Alias Grace – September 25, 2017 Canada CBC, Netflix

‘ALIAS GRACE’ TRAILER FOR   SARAH GADON MINI SERIES   (True Story)
While some of you are enjoying the new television version of The Handmaid’s Tale, another of Margaret Atwood‘s small screen adaptations ALIAS GRACE has just got the first trailer and first photos for the mini series that will launch September 25th at Netflix and CBC in Canada.
A 19TH CENTURY MYSTERY  circa 1843

The six part mini series follows Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan), was convicted

Alias Grace

of the brutal murders of their employer and his housekeeper in 1843. James was hanged while Grace was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1843. Grace claimed to have had no memory of the murder yet the

Alias Grace

facts were irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tried to help Grace recall her past. Grace was one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of her time for her supposed role in the sensational

Alias Grace

double murder, but was eventually exonerated after 30 years in jail. Her conviction was controversial and sparked much debate about whether Grace was actually involved in the murder or merely an

Alias Grace

 

unwitting accessory. Zachary Levi is also in the cast alongside Reign‘s Michael Therriault and Edward Holcroft as the doctor! Atwood has a cameo in the series!

  • Based on the true story of Grace Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who was imprisoned in 1843, perhaps wrongly, for the murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear. Grace claims to have no memory of the murder yet the facts are irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tries to help Grace recall her past.

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The Limehouse Golem (Horror) with Bill Nighy

Victorian mystery thriller THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM which is
scheduled for UK release in September. Directed by Juan Carlos Medina it has a very British cast lead by Bill Nighy alongside Olivia Cooke and young British hunks Douglas Booth and Sam Reid! Daniel Mays, Eddie Marsan and Adam Brown also star in the movie about a series of murders that has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times – the mythical so-called Golem – must be responsible.  Releases Sept 01, 2017 UK

 

Bill Nighy took the lead role from Alan Rickman who had to leave the project before he died from cancer.

The Alienist

Photos from new period set projects, first, pics from the Budapest sets of new TNT ten episode series THE ALIENIST showing lead stars Luke Evans and Daniel Bruhl in costume!
Trailer added May 18

THE ALIENIST, based on the best selling Caleb Carr novel, is psychological thriller drama set in 1896, when a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes has gripped the city. Newly appointed top cop Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) calls upon Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a criminal psychologist,  aka alienist, and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. Joining them in the probe is Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning), a headstrong secretary at Police Headquarters. Falk Hentschel will play Biff Ellison, an extremely corrupt mobster who runs illegal brothels and bars in the city. Emanuela Postacchini will play Flora, a beautiful young prostitute at the Frenchtown brothel who indulges in some twisted role playing and is a favourite of newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans).

Show Info

Airs on:United StatesTNT
Status: In Development; premiering 2017
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Drama Crime Thriller
10 episodes

 

 

Lady MacBeth 2017

Set in rural England 1865, the story centres on Katherine (Florence Pugh), a woman stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

US – July 14th

 

 

A Quiet Passion is released on 7 April in the UK.

Cynthia Nixon plays the great 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson in the new film from British director Terence Davies, of Sunset Song and House of Mirth renown. Dickinson, who lived almost all her life in Amherst, Massachusetts, only published a handful of poems herself; she only became known as a major writer after her death in 1886, when her sister found hundreds of her poems.

 

THE WOMAN IN WHITE

‘THE WOMAN IN WHITE’ 
JESSIE BUCKLEY, BEN HARDY TO LEAD BBC VICTORIAN SERIES
Here’s a new BBC project for us: they’ve announced today the beginning of production on their small screen adaptation of Wilkie Collins Victorian thriller THE WOMAN IN WHITE and they’ve also announced Ben Hardy (X-Men) will star as Walter Hartright and our beloved Jessie Buckley (War And Peace, Taboo) as Marian Halcombe, with Dougray Scott, Charles Dance and Art Malik also in the cast!
The five episode mini series starts in early Victorian London after Walter Hartright encounters a ghostly woman dressed in all white on a moonlit road, and then soon finds himself drawn into a mysterious and disturbing world. Romance, suspense, and danger combine as secrets come to the fore in the haunting tale of insanity and identity. Viewed by many as the first psychological thriller novel, THE WOMAN IN WHITE will take viewers on a chilling ride down the shadowy paths and corridors of English country houses and ultimately into the depths of the Victorian madhouse.

The Woman in White has already graced the BBC twice in 1966 and 1997. Origin Pictures will take on the gothic novel with BBC Northern Ireland.

“We are so excited to be bringing a bold new version of Wilkie Collins’ beloved Gothic classic to the screen,” said executive producers David Thompson and Ed Rubin. “His gift for gripping, atmospheric storytelling is as thrilling for contemporary readers as it was for Victorians, and [this] unique take really brings out the intense psychological drama that has captivated so many over the years,”

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Love Story Gems

Love Stories

Love Stories

In this section, I would love to bring attention to love stories that are little spoken about.
More will be added in the future

 

Our Mutual Friend

Perhaps because this is a Dickens novel, it has been overlooked as one of the great love stories. There are many twists and turns, but through it all, you see two independent love stories, their suitors and another suitor who will not be denied. Truly a romantic novel unexpected by Dickens, but has romance all through it.

One of several British miniseries adaptations of Charles Dickens‘ novel Our Mutual Friend, this four-part version debuted over the BBC in 1998. The production’s generous running time (total: six hours), enabled scenarist Sandy Welch to include virtually every important detail in this complex Victorian-era saga of how a mysterious waterfront death inextricably linked the lives of two young women, Lizzie Hexam (Keeley Hawes) and Bella Wilfer (Anna Friel). The richness of the Dickensian prose was complemented by the visuals, which incorporated everything from documentary-style handheld camerawork to Eisenstein-ish montages, and by the eerily polytonal musical score by Adrian Johnston.

This BBC miniseries brings the epic book to life, recounting the sweeping tale of two turbulent love affairs that play out amid a web of wealth, corruption, passion and betrayal in 1860s London. The ensemble cast includes David Morrissey (Hilary and Jackie) and Steven Mackintosh (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens’s last completed novel before his death in 1870, and some say it was one of his greatest.

Also starring: Paul McGann

Falling for a Dancer

Falling for a Dancer

Set in 1930s Cork, nineteen-year-old Elizabeth has a brief fling with a young actor and dancer and becomes pregnant. With no chance of finding the father, and trying to avoid entering the Magdalene Laundries, she chooses to marry an older man who she first meets on her wedding day and moves to her new life in West Cork. The series follows Elizabeth through this marriage and her new life on a farm in West Cork. It is here Elizabeth has her baby but her choice of marriage has its darker side; resentment from her step children, moments of tragedy and a longing for young love and passion that she does not get from her husband, Neeley.

An outstanding performance by Liam Cunningham, the neighbor across the way, who falls in love with her from the first time he saw Elizabeth. You can feel the love that Liam (plays Mossie Sheehan) has, but feels unworthy to offer.

One of the greatest films for feeling the love. Also stars a young Colin Farrell as one of her secret admires.

Episode 1 on YouTube