Cold War 2018

Two Polish musicians, Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig) meet during auditions for a folk ensemble. Set during the 1950s Cold War, the narrative spans fifteen-years and navigates across four countries as the couple’s love affair undulates throughout. After the group’s manager Kaczmarek (Borys Szyc) makes a controversial political decision, the lovers drift apart in this transient drama about love across all borders. Directed and co-written by Pawel Pawlikowski.

 Countries – France, Poland, UK  |

UK, Aug 31, 2018

I Capture the Castle 2003

The novel takes place between April and October in a single year in the 1930s. The Mortmain family is genteel, poor, and eccentric. Cassandra’s father is a writer suffering from writer’s block who has not published anything since his first book, Jacob Wrestling (a reference to Jacob wrestling with the angel), an innovative and “difficult” modernist novel that sold well and made his name, including in the United States. Ten years before the novel begins he took out a forty-year lease on a dilapidated but beautiful castle, hoping to find either inspiration or isolation there. Now his family is selling off the furniture to buy food.

The widowed Mortmain’s second wife, Topaz, is a beautiful artist’s model who enjoys communing with nature, sometimes wearing nothing but hip boots. Rose, Mortmain’s elder daughter, is a classic English beauty pining away in the lonely castle, longing for a chance to meet eligible and preferably rich young men. She tells her sister Cassandra that she wants to live in a Jane Austen novel. Cassandra, the younger daughter and the first-person narrator of the novel, has literary ambitions and spends a lot of time developing her writing talent by “capturing” everything around her in her journal. Stephen, the handsome, loyal, live-in son of the Mortmain’s late maid, and Thomas, the youngest Mortmain child, round out the cast of household characters. Stephen, a “noble soul,” is in love with Cassandra, which she finds touching but a bit awkward. Thomas, a schoolboy, is, like Cassandra, considered “tolerably bright”.   …more

 

 


 

Far From the Maddening Crowd 2015

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy 2015

THE STORY (no spoilers): Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) arrives to live with her aunt Mrs. Hurst on a farm in Wessex (a partially fictionalized region in south-west England) and befriends a neighbor Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts) who is renting a sheep farm next to them. He has loans but improving fortunes that will bring him prosperity and his own land someday. Bathsheba is intelligent and beautiful but has little fortunes of her own. Though Gabriel declares his interest in marriage, Bathsheba is independent and doesn’t wish to be tied down. The tide of fortunes will swirl for each of them and Bathsheba inherits a lucrative property of her own. She quickly proves that she is an able and benevolent landholder. Circumstances will bring the two together again, but Bathsheba will attract three potential suitors. A neighboring squire Mr. William Boldwood (Michael Sheen) is the wealthy gentleman to Gabriel’s noble-hearted worker class. Both seem a little awkward around women. Contrast that with the third prospect, Sergeant Francis Troy (Tom Sturridge) portrayed as a gallant and ladies’ man. Each of them will try to solve the puzzle that is Bathsheba EberdeneFar From the Maddening Crowd 2015

Carmilla 2018

  1ST ‘CARMILLA’ PHOTOS
18TH CENTURY VAMPIRE DRAMA

First photos from historical horror drama CARMILLA based on Sheridan Le Fanu‘s 1871 novel set in the late 18th century! The cast includes Tobias Menzies, Greg Wise and Jessica Raine, who are no strangers to the genre of costume drama.

Emily Harris is directing the movie as her debut feature
THE STORY OF CARMILLA
Broadchurch’s Hannah Rae and young German actress Devrim Lingnauare also in the cast next to illusionist Scott Silven. Inspired by one of the earliest novels on vampires, set in the late 1780s, CARMILLA follows Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine), governess to 15-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) who lives in total isolation in her family home. Struggling to find an outlet for her burgeoning sexuality, Lara is enchanted by the mysterious Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau) and the pair strike up a passionate relationship.

The production has started back in September

However, with rumours and superstition rife and with the exhortation of the family doctor (Tobias Menzies), Carmilla’s presence in their home begins to strike fear into those around her.

In Post Production.

Onegin 1999

A favorite

Another member of the Fiennes family leaves a mark in the film business, as Martha Fiennes makes her big-screen directorial debut with a screen adaptation of the verse novel by Aleksander Pushkin, with her big brother Ralph Fiennes in the leading role. Onegin (Fiennes) is a blase man who has grown weary of the social whirl of his life in St. Petersburg in the 1820s. Onegin’s wealthy uncle has recently passed on, bequeathing him a large estate in the country, where the financially embarrassed Onegin has now chosen to live. Onegin makes fast friends with his neighbor Lensky (Toby Stephens), who introduces Onegin to his fiancée Olga (Lena Headley). Olga in turn introduces him to her mother (Harriet Walker) and her younger sister, Tatyana (Liv Tyler). Onegin finds Tatyana interesting, and she is strongly infatuated with him, finding him coolly attractive and enjoying his straightforward way of expressing himself. Tatyana makes her feelings known to Onegin in a love letter, but he calmly rejects her advances. Lensky senses Tatyana’s attraction to Onegin and talks to him about her; Lensky is shocked when Onegin says he regards her as unintelligent, and in a moment of anger Lensky challenges his friend to a duel. Neither man wants to kill the other, but both are too stubborn to back down, and Onegin ends up shooting Lensky, forcing him to flee to parts unknown. Six years later, a older and more humble Onegin re-encounters the married Tatyana and begs her for a second chance.

Synopsis by Mark Deming

 

Tonight on Masterpiece / PBS

Man in an Orange Shirt

  • Airing 6/17/2018 @ 9:00 PM
  • Preview: 2:14 | TV-14 | CC

A remarkable cast headed by Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave (Julia) portrays a pair of love stories, sixty years apart, linked by family ties, sexual identity, and a mysterious painting, in Man in an Orange Shirt, scripted by bestselling novelist Patrick Gale (A Place Called Winter) and airing in a single two-hour presentation on MASTERPIECE on PBS, Sunday, June 17th, 2018 at 9/8c as part of LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

Joining Redgrave are Joanna Vanderham (The Paradise), Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey), Julian Sands (A Room with a View), Frances de la Tour (The Collection), Adrian Schiller (VictoriaBeauty and the Beast), and Joanna David (Rebecca). Playing the star-crossed lovers are Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr. Selfridge), James McArdle (Salting the Battlefield), Julian Morris (Little Women), and David Gyasi (Interstellar).

A Very English Scandal 2018

It is the late 1960s, homosexuality has only just been decriminalised and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, has a secret he’s desperate to hide. As long as his ex-lover Norman Scott is around, Thorpe’s brilliant career is at risk. Thorpe schemes and deceives – until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed society forever, illuminating the darkest secrets of the Establishment. The Thorpe affair revealed such breath-taking deceit and corruption that, at the time, hardly anyone dared believe it could be true.

3 Episodes  BBC One