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

The Invisible Woman 2013

Synopsis by Jason Buchanan Director Ralph Fiennes teams with screenwriter Abi Morgan to adapt Claire Tomalin‘s book detailing the clandestine, 13-year-long love affair between celebrated English author Charles Dickens (Fiennes) and 18-year-old actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), whose name was effectively erased from the history books following Dickens‘ death in 1870. Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander costar.

Chariots of Fire 1981

  Won “Best Picture” in 1982 for an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.  Music won a 1983 Grammy.  Many more awards Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.     Theme Song Trailer by Vangelis

Joyous Noel 2005

    In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man’s Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood. This film dramatizes one such section as the French, Scottish and German sides partake in the unique event, even though they are aware that their superiors will not tolerate its occurrence. – Written by Kenneth … Read more

Pawn Sacrifice 2015

Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire. I was around and actually remember the world’s interest in Bobby Fischer. Personally, I can’t wait to see this, and I think Toby McGuire looks like a good candidate for the role. Seeing release dates of Sept 16 and Sept 25.  Watch for it if interested. Cast: Tobey Maguire Bobby Fischer Liev Schreiber Boris Spassky Peter Sarsgaard Father Bill Lombardy Michael Stuhlbarg Paul Marshall Google Images of this film           … Read more

Princess Kaiulani 2009

Set against the dramatic island backdrop of Hawaii and based on the inspiring true story, “Princess Kaiulani” is a breathtaking romance about an unlikely heroine and her unwavering fight to defend the independence of her people. In 1888, Hawaii was a paradise teetering on the brink of civil unrest. The tide had turned against the long-incumbent royal family, under the malevolent influence of a rebel party with links to the American government. Within months, the Palace was overthrown, and the royals exiled. Among them was the beautiful Princess Kaiulani. Scarcely 13 years old, she was separated from her family and … Read more

John Adams 2008

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. Preamble Outlines a general philosophy of government that justifies revolution when government harms natural … Read more

Mozart’s Sister 2010

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s older sister, Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart, rebels against the limitations imposed on her by society in this historical biopic from director René Féret. As a young girl, Nannerl (Marie Féret) was a musical prodigy. Subsequently bumped out of the spotlight by her virtuoso younger brother, Wolfgang (David Moreau), Nannerl watches as her sibling is groomed for greatness by their father, Leopold (Marc Barbé), and performs for royalty. Nannerl’s musical career takes an even greater hit, however, when she comes of age and finds herself forbidden from writing or playing music. The passionate young musician finds a means … Read more

Mrs. Brown 1997

  Mrs.BrownThe film tells the story of Queen Victoria (played by Dame Judi Dench) and her relationship with a Scottish servant, John Brown (played by comedian Billy Connolly), and the subsequent uproar it provoked. Brown had been a trusted servant of Victoria’s then deceased consort, Prince Albert; Victoria’s chief servants thought Brown might help to ease the Queen’s deep, apparently inconsolable, grief over the prince consort’s death in 1861. To help ease the Queen toward resuming public life after years of secluded mourning, Brown is summoned to court…..read more of the Wikipedia articleJudi Dench won Best Actress for BAFTA and … Read more

The Enfield Poltergiest

Not exactly a period drama, but some may find interest.  1977 One of the most documented accounts of poltergeist activity in the UK is investigated. Based on real events. 3 Episodes.  Airs in UK on May 03, 2015 (sky LIVING) Stars Matthew MacFadyen an Timothy Spall The series is based on Guy Lyon Playfair’s book, This House Is Haunted and is about a series of bizarre events around the phenomena known as ‘The Enfield Poltergeist’ that took place at a council house in 1977. The drama draws upon recordings and witness statements to draw the audience in to the unfolding … Read more

The Devil’s Violinist 2014

The film chronicles the life of Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini, who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th Century. It begins with his youth as a childhood violinist pushed by his demanding father through his beginnings in Italy and then to his performances and acclaim in London under the guidance of the mysterious Urbani. Violinist playing Paganini is David Garret.  Clips of actual performances below.   IMDB           2008 David Garret sets Guinness Record for the fastest violinist.

The Young Victoria 2009

Title:  The Young Victoria  2009 Rate: [polldaddy rating=’8036248′] Era:  Victorian  1837 Genre  Biography, Romantic Drama, Royalty Plot:  Eighteen-year-old British royal Victoria ascends to the throne and is romanced by future husband Prince Albert in this lush period film that chronicles the early years of the British monarch’s larger-than-life reign.   Marc Vallée Writer / Screenplay:  Julian Fellows Major Cast:     Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Thomas Kretschmann, Mark Strong, Jesper Christensen, Harriet Walter, Jeanette Hain, Julian Glover Film Locations: Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England, UK (exterior) Balls Park, Hertford, Hertfordshire, England, UK Belvoir Castle, … Read more

The Affair of the Necklace 2001

Title: Affair of the Necklace  2001 Rate: Era:  Georgian  1781 Genre  Historical Romantic Drama Plot:  In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family’s fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklaceBased on a true story. Director:  Charles Shyer Writer / Screenplay: John Sweet Major Cast: Hilary Swank as Jeanne de Saint-Rémy de Valois Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Louis de Rohan Christopher Walken as Count Cagliostro Simon Baker as Rétaux de Villette Adrien Brody as Nicholas de Lamotte Joely Richardson as Marie Antoinette Brian Cox as Baron … Read more

THE GREAT FIRE (of London) 2014

ANDREW BUCHAN, CHARLES DANCE IN 17TH CENTURY LONDON After a very long wait British ITV has finally released a teaser for their upcoming new historical series THE GREAT FIRE which will air this Autumn. Starring Andrew Buchan, Rose Leslie, Charles Dance, Daniel Mays, Jack Huston and Oliver Jackson Cohen, 4 episode series         THE GREAT FIRE tells the story of exhausted baker Thomas Farriner who forgets to close his ovens, sparking a terrible blaze which threatens to destroy 17th century London. Family members are lost amongst the fleeing crowds whilst desperate refugees fight, loot and riot to … Read more