Goodbye Christopher Robin

It’s finally here, the first trailer for the movie about the man who invented Winnie the Pooh GOODBYE, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN! Directed by always brilliant Simon Curtis who gave us the lovely Cranford and My Week with Marilyn, it will arrive into cinemas this Autumn, September 29th! It gives us a behind the scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne. This year also marks the 40 years of the release of Disney’s animated classic. GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN offers a rare glimpse into the relationship … Read more

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 of the brutal murders of … Read more

The Promise 2015

Armenian War

War drama THE PROMISE out this May in Europe and USA starring Christian Bale, Tom Hollander, Oscar Isaac, Jean Reno, Rade Serbedzija and Shohreh Aghdashloo! Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire , THE PROMISE follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris – a renowned American journalist based in Paris. This war brought us the first use of the word “genocide”.  It is the second most studied genocide after the holocaust. Based on True Events circa 1915 Releases  US April 21,  UK April 28

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.  

Chariots of Fire 1981

Another (OSCAR) Academy Award Winner favorite of mine is Chariots of Fire. Being 35 years old, I still find myself watching it every year. It brings a lot of heart and courage to the screen. A definite buy or rental. Synopsis by Don Kaye Based on a true story, Chariots of Fire is the internationally acclaimed Oscar-winning drama of two very different men who compete as runners in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a serious Christian Scotsman, believes that he has to succeed as a testament to his undying religious faith. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), is a … Read more

Another Mother’s Son 2017 – Trailer – World War II drama

Out this March 24th (UK) is John Hannah and Ronan Keating World War II drama movie ANOTHER MOTHER’S SON! Based on the true story of Louisa Gould, the drama is set  on the Nazi-occupied island of Jersey. Lou (Jenny Seagrove) took in an escaped Russian POW (Julian Kostov) and hid him over the war’s course. The tension mounts as it becomes clear that Churchill will not risk an assault to recapture the British soil, and the island-community spirit begins to fray under pressures of hunger, occupation and divided loyalty. Against this backdrop, Lou fights to preserve her family’s sense of … Read more

Who is Jack Lowden ?

Rising star Jack Lowden grew up in the Scottish Borders. He graduated from the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2011. He has had enormous success on stage in leading roles, including his performance as Oswald in Ibsen’s “Ghosts”, for which he won both the Ian Charleson Award and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2014; the play was filmed and is available to view online. After an assortment of television and film appearances, his breakout international screen role has been as Nikolai Rostov (Natasha’s brother) in the six-hour BBC miniseries War & Peace (2016), leading to an array of leading roles in films.  Born June 2, 1990 – IMDb Mini Biography By: angelofvic

Jack Lowden

 

Coming in April – True Story

 

 

All the President’s Men 1976

Director: Alan J. Pakula Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden To call All the President’s Men a movie about the Watergate scandal would be to miss its point entirely. Because while the downfall of a president is certainly part of the film’s resolution, the 137 minutes preceding that are about the nitty-gritty of the newspaper business. And viewers have Ben Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post (played by Jason Robards in the film) during the time of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s investigation into Richard Nixon’s clandestine dealings, to thank for that as much as they do star/producer Robert … Read more

The Pianist 2002

Director: Roman Polanski Stars: Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Frank Finlay Nearly a decade after turning down the chance to direct Schindler’s List, director Roman Polanski released his own Holocaust story. And while it wasn’t exactly an autobiography—the movie is about pianist Władysław Szpilman (played by Adrien Brody), who is forced to live in the Warsaw Ghetto during Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland—Polanski, who managed to escape from the Kraków Ghetto following the death of his mother as a child, inserted enough personal experience to make it feel that way. Keeping with his reputation as a director who does not shy … Read more

The Promise 2016

  It can be difficult to balance a love story with one of the deadliest wars ever as a backdrop, and some films have done it better than others. The latest to try is The Promise starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale. Set during the heart of World War I, the film will tackle the Armenian Genocide, with Isaac and Bale’s characters thrown into the middle of the conflict. Check out the trailer for the film below. Set in 1914 right before the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the film follows Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), a hopeful medical student who … Read more

Schindler’s List 1993

Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes To call Schindler’s List “a movie” seems like an understatement, as few films have ever presented as effective—or harrowing—an accounting of the Holocaust as Steven Spielberg’s epic retelling of Oskar Schindler, the German business owner who saved the lives of thousands of concentration camp-bound refugees by offering them employment in his factories. While many consider Schindler’s List the film that Spielberg was born to make, the director himself worried that he did not have the maturity to pull off such a massive undertaking, and so it was originally pitched to Roman … Read more

CHURCHILL’S SECRET ON MASTERPIECE

Set during the summer of 1953, Churchill’s Secret tells a little-known part of Winston Churchill’s great life story. Having suffered a life-threatening stroke, which his inner circle conspired to hide from the public, the film charts the course of Churchill’s (played by Cranford‘s Michael Gambon) remarkable recovery with the help of his spirited nurse (Emma‘s Romola Garai). Told from the point of view of his children, his long-suffering wife, and the men of his cabinet, the film casts an honest light on the tensions within his brilliant and dysfunctional family, and investigates the strain that his great public service wrought … Read more

Florence Foster Jenkins 2016

“If you truly loved me, you’d let me sing,” says Meryl Streep as the talentless diva manque in this new trailer for Florence Foster Jenkins, the second movie inspired by the real-life story of the socialite who bought her way to Carnegie Hall. Judging by the international trailer ahead of the movie’s May 6 bow in the UK, Streep’s rendition takes a broader comic tone than Marguerite, the 2015 French film — currently in limited release in the U.S. by Cohen Media Group — that won actress Catherine Frot a Best Actress Cesar Award. US release Aug 12, 2019   … Read more

The Lighthouse *** UK July 8th

The Lighthouse’ is a historical Chiller based on the macabre true story of The Smalls Island Lighthouse tragedy. ‘The Lighthouse’ stars Michael Jibson (Saints & Strangers, Les Misérables, The Riot Club) and Mark Lewis Jones (Game Of Thrones, Master And Commander, Child 44) The film follows Thomas Howell and Thomas Griffith’s disastrous posting to the Smalls Island Lighthouse to ‘keep the light’ 25 miles from land and surrounded by the deadly Irish Sea. The men are stranded in a freak storm that rages for months, nothing short of an act of God. The film tells a tale of death, madness … Read more

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) c.WWI

This biopic from writer/director Matt Brown details the extraordinary life of renowned Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), who travels to England in 1913 to study at Cambridge. He faces prejudice there from many of his colleagues, but he also bonds with a professor named G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons). In time, Ramanujan authors a number of pioneering equations. UK release April 8, 2016 US release April 28, 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins 2016

“If you truly loved me, you’d let me sing,” says Meryl Streep as the talentless diva manque in this new trailer for Florence Foster Jenkins, the second movie inspired by the real-life story of the socialite who bought her way to Carnegie Hall. Judging by the international trailer ahead of the movie’s May 6 bow in the UK, Streep’s rendition takes a broader comic tone than Marguerite, the 2015 French film — currently in limited release in the U.S. by Cohen Media Group — that won actress Catherine Frot a Best Actress Cesar Award. UK release May 06, 2016 US … Read more