Dark Hour – January 2018 – Gary Oldman as Churchill

This looks fantastic. Cannot wait.

Within days of becoming Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must face his most turbulent and defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.

 

 

Gary Oldman as Churchill in Darkest Hour

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Costume and Period Drama Coming Our Way

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Beguiled 2017 *** July 14th (theater)

Lady MacBeth 2017 *** July 14 (US)

Grantchester S3 *** July 16 (Masterpiece Theater US) Ep. 05

Endeavour S4 *** July 20th (UK)

The Black Prince 2017 *** July 21 (US)

Dunkirk 2017 *** July 21 (USA)

Game of Thrones S7 *** Jul;y 23 (US)

Will *** July 24th (TNT Series) 8 episodes remain

The Last Tycoon 2017 *** (TV series) July 28 (Azn)

Pilgrimage 2017 Aug 11 (US)

Endeavour S4 *** Aug 20 (USA) PBS

Tulip Fever *** August 25

The Veil (US title) *** Aug ???

Victoria and Abdul Trailer 2017 *** Sept 22 (USA)

Alias Grace *** Sept 25, 2017 (CA) 6eps.

Breathe 2017 - Oct 13 (US)

Goodbye Christopher Robin *** Oct 13, 2017

Loving Vincent 2017 *** Oct 23 UK

The Shape of Water *** Dec 08, 2017

The Greatest Showman *** Dec 25, 2017

Darkest Hour *** Jan 2018

 

Date Title Country Trailer / Info Poster
08.25 Tulip Fever trailer
09.00 Outlander US STARZ
09.01 The Limehouse Golem UK trailer

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cinema

A series of murders 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.

09.25 Alias Grace US / CA trailer

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CBC (Canada)

 
10.11

 

10.13

Marshall (Thurgood Marshall)

 

Breathe

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10.22 Poldark S 3 US PBS / Masterpiece
11.03 The Man Who Invented Christmas US Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens link
11.22 Murder on the Orient Express US cinema
11.24 Mary Madgalene US
11.03 Murder on the Orient Express UK cinema
12.00 Medici S2 Netflix
12.17 The Current War US cinema
12.25 Call The Midwife 5
Christmas
UK BBC1
12.25 Victoria S2
Christmas
UK

 Unknown Release Dates

Aftermath , (The)

In the aftermath of World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German widower who lives with them.

 US

Ashes in the Snow (US)

In 1941, an aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin’s brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. In a seemingly hopeless place, love is the only means of survival.

 Aspern Papers 2017

Development unknown

 Britannia 2017

Britannia is a drama set in 43AD as the Roman Imperial Army – determined and terrified in equal measure – returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia – a mysterious land ruled by warrior women and powerful drods who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld. Or so they say. 10 episodes

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10 eps

Airs on: United Kingdom Sky 1
Status: In Development
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: DramaHistory

Charlotte (tv mini)

During America’s tumultuous years before the Civil War, a Southern family struggles with being societies “upper-crust” while operating a profitable plantation and secretly pushing for the emancipation of slaves.

 

Cold Skin

On the edge of the Antartic Circle, in the years after World War I, a steam ship approaches a desolate island far from all shipping lanes. On board is a young man, on his way to assume the lonely post of weather observer, to live in solitude for a year at the end of the world. But on shore he finds no trace of the man whom he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. The rest is forest, a deserted cabin, rocks, silence, and the surrounding sea. And then the night begins to fall…

 US

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Winchester

CRAZY LADY ‘WINCHESTER’
The 1st photo has also been revealed of Helen Mirren as rich heiress Sarah WINCHESTER a woman who was convinced that she was being haunted by the ghosts of people who were killed by the famous rifle that her family manufactured. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into never-ending construction on her 160 room mansion, which features stairways to nowhere and doors that open onto walls, to appease the spirits.
 02.23.18

Drawing Home

Boston in the 1920s. A young East Coast debutante is dating the most eligible bachelor in the world, John D. Rockefeller III. Her future seems set: a dream life in the upper echelons of society. But when she least expects it, she meets a young painter from one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Their worlds are polar opposites. As their attraction turns their lives upside down, they soon face a universal question: Can you find “home” in another person? Inspired by a true story

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Emperor

Action epic about a young girl who seeks revenge on the holy roman Emperor Charles V for the death of her father. It happens in a world of wealth, debauchery, violent retaliations, sex, manipulation and treason… it’s the 16th century revisited.

Fever

BBC America is to produce a small screen adaptation of Mary Beth Keane‘s novel FEVER into a period set mini series starring Elisabeth Moss! It tells the story of the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever who became known as “Typhoid Mary” as she spread typhoid across the burgeoning metropolis of early twentieth century New York.

BBC America

Flying Horse

Gary Oldman’s first film as director in 20 years, and only his second ever, is a biopic of the pioneering 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, focusing on the affair between his wife, Flora, and Harry Larkyns, the theatre critic he kills. No casting confirmed, but Oldman had been chasing Ralph Fiennes and Benedict Cumberbatch. The man himself will play Muybridge’s prosecutor.

Gunpowder

Guy Falks, starring Kit Harington

Harriet 2017

The story of Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves from the South after escaping from slavery herself in 1849.

Howards End

Howards End explores the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn-of-the-century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business and the working-class Basts.

Airs on: United States Starz
Status: In Development; premiering 2017
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Drama

Journey’s End 2017

RC Sherriff’s Journey’s End is the seminal British play about WW1. Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously awaiting their fate.

Knightfall – TV series

A look at the final days of Knights Templar during the 14th century. (10 eps) – in development trailer
While we can expect second seasons of The Last Kingdom and White Princess this spring, there will be something mediaeval in Autumn for us as well since History Channel has just announced the launch of their new ten episode epic TV series KNIGHTFALL for this Autumn produced by Jeremy Renner who will guest star as well. Robin Hood’s Dominic Minghella will be the showrunner.
THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
Knights Templar were the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages, entrusted with protecting the Holy Grail and harbouring secrets capable of destroying the Church itself. KNIGHTFALL goes deep into the inner sanctum of the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks. From their battles in the Holy Land, to their clashes with both the King of France and Pope Boniface VIII, to the betrayal that would ultimately lead to their tragic dissolution on Friday the 13th (a date which became synonymous with bad luck) the story of the Knights Templar has never been fully told until now. KNIGHTFALL takes you inside the world to find out who these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing. The series focuses on Templar leader Sir Landry, a brave warrior discouraged by the Templars’ failures in the Holy Land who is reinvigorated by news that the Holy Grail has resurfaced. Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Simon Merrells, Ed Stoppard and Jim Carter lead the cast.

Krypton

Lizzie 2017 

A young woman goes on a notorious ax-murdering rampage in Massachusetts at the turn of the century.

Mary Shelley

The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 years old Mary Wollstonecraft, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein.

Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Outrageous

The VICTORIA WOODHULL Saga will be turned into a ten part mini series! As ‘Deadline’ reports, Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for U.S. President back in 1872. The series will chronicle the life of Woodhull and her sister Tennessee Claflin, who was the first woman to be invited to address Congress on the issue of women’s right to vote and the first woman to own a publishing house and newspaper, Woodhull & Claflin’s Weekly. They also were the first women to own and operate a New York brokerage house.

Peaky Blinders 2013- S4

A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.

 

Pegasus Bridge 2017

In the early hours of the 6th of June 1944 Allied Airborne Forces launched one of most daring assaults in history. 181 men in 6 gliders landed at night to capture two bridges vital to the success of the D-Day landings, one of these would become known as Pegasus Bridge. The men who captured and held these objectives were led by two young charismatic and very different leaders. Major John Howard led the men of the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry who managed to land their gliders a stone’s throw from the bridge and Colonel Geoffrey Pine-Coffin led the men of the 7th Parachute Battalion who occupied the surrounding ground and held off the German counter attacks. Pegasus Bridge tells the story of these leaders and the young men who would follow them into battle. This film is a grand tale of real wartime heroism-the story follows an ensemble cast of key characters from their initial briefing on the operation in the UK and training through to the actual assault on the bridges, their capture and the desperate defence that followed in the immediate twenty-four hours. It is told not only from the British perspective but also through the eyes of the first French family to be liberated, the sweethearts left behind and several key German characters who were responsible for the defence of the area. As the British paratroopers and glider infantrymen struggle to hold off the ever increasing number of German forces will they will be relieved from the sea in time?

Written by Lance Nielsen

Queen of the Desert (2015) >>trailer

Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis, Robert Patinson

Rogue Male

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in an adaptation of the classic British novel “Rogue Male” for Fox Searchlight. He will also produce with Lloyd Levin, Branwen Prestwood Smith and Beatriz Levin of Black Sheep Pictures. Also producing will be Adam Ackland of SunnyMarch, Cumberbatch’s production company.Michael Lesslie has been hired to write the screenplay. The thriller is about a hunter who attempts to assassinate a dictator but is caught, tortured and left for dead. When he escapes back home to England, he must hide out in a harsh, rural countryside while enemy agents and the police are in hot pursuit. The book was published in 1939 and the author, Geoffrey Household, said the dictator was intended to be a stand-in for Adolph Hitler.

 Feb 2017 – script status
 

Swallows and Amazons

Adaptation of a 1930s children’s book.

 Released in UK 2016

Release US unknown

The Alienist

Crime reporter, John Moore, meets with psychologist, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, to investigate a serial killer in New York during the late 19th century

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Channel TNT Original series

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair

Eustace Scrubb, Jill Pole, and Puddleglum set off on a journey to the land north of Narnia in order to rescue King Caspian’s stolen son, Rilian.

The Frankenstein Chronicles S2

ITV series (UK) – Inspector John Marlott investigates a series of crimes in 19th Century London, which may have been committed by a scientist intent on re-animating the dead.

The Gilded Age- TV series –

look at lives of millionaires living in New York during the 1800s. Julian Fellows (in development)

The Happy Prince

The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor. HUGE CAST

 

The King’s Daughter

King Louis XIV’s quest for immortality leads him to capture and steal a mermaid’s life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s discovery of the creature.  Era: Baroque

The Little Hours

A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the middle ages.

The Mad Whale

“Inmates at a women’s mental asylum stage a theatrical production of Herman Melville’s ‘Moby Dick.’”

The Man with the Iron Heart 2017

1942: The Third Reich is at its peak. The Czech resistance in London decides to plan the most ambitious military operation of WWII: Anthropoid. Two young recruits in their late twenties, Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis, are sent to Prague to assassinate the most ruthless Nazi leader – Reich-protector Reinhard Heydrich, Head of the SS, the Gestapo, and the architect of the “Final Solution”.

Written by The Producer

The Miniaturist

“The Miniaturist” is set in 1686 and stars Taylor-Joy, the break-out star of recent horror hits “The Witch” and “Split,” as a young country woman who arrives in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of a wealthy merchant (Hassell). When her husband presents her with a wedding gift of a cabinet that is a miniature replica of their home, furnished by an elusive miniaturist, she realises the tiny creations mirror what is happening within the household and appear to predict the future with disturbing precision. Garai plays Hassell’s cold and domineering sister.

The Personal History of Rachel Dupree

A heavily pregnant woman on an isolated, drought-stricken ranch is not certain if she can trust her husband to put her and their starving children before his own ambitions and is forced to take survival into her own hands.

The Rising

(USA) A farmer’s son leads a secret rebellion against the largest empire the world has ever known. Official Site (development unknown)

 

Velikaya S2

The story of Catherine the Great from the time she came to Russia as the bride of the heir to the Russian throne.

Scripted, In Development, Rumored, little updated status information

  • MarianThe story is based on the famous maid character from the Robin Hood folklore. After a conspiracy to conquer England in which the love of her life Robin Hood dies before her eyes, MARIAN picks up the cause to lead her people into a pivotal war. She comes to power, charging into a battle that will not only decide the fate of the kingdom but will see her don the mantle of the man she loved. In the process, she rises as a legend herself.
  • The Curse of The Buxom Strumpet – Upper Trollop, 1713. An illness takes hold of the villagers turning them into unfeeling creatures who eat anything they can get their hands on. Lord Fortitude must lead the small band of survivors and escape to France
  • The Nightingale 2017 (pre-production) Starring Sam Claflin – 1829 Tasmania. A young convict woman seeking revenge for the murder of her family, takes an Aboriginal male outcast with her through the interior and gets much more than she bargained for.
  • The Medusa ??? – Set during the turmoil of post Napoleonic France, the story centres on Géricault, artist and enfant terrible, who learns that his best friend has died after the Naval vessel Medusa runs aground near Senegal. His death and those of over 100 others were horrific due to incompetence on the part of an aristocratic captain.

2018

A Suitable Boy

INDIA SET ‘A SUITABLE BOY’!
If you loved Jewel in the Crown and Indian Summers, Indian settings will be seen in the eight part adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A SUITABLE BOY with an entirely non-white cast! Set in the 1950’s it follows a young woman’s search for love and identity in a newly independent India. Lata is growing up in northern India. Her mother is determined to find her a husband, but after her sister’s arranged marriage, Lata is not convinced she wants the same path. Torn between duty to her family and the excitement of romance, Lata embarks on an epic journey of love, desire and heartache as three very different suitors vie for her hand. Her choice will play out against the tumultuous political backdrop of India at a crossroads, looking towards its first independent general election and carving out its own destiny. Almost 1400 pages long saga will be helmed by War and Peace Andrew Davies.  Status: Pre-production

ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN

will be an action packed, modern feminist drama set during the imperialist British conquest of Old Ireland during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I depicting the little known, bitter rivalry between Queen Elizabeth I and Grace O’Malley, who was Queen of the Irish Rebellions. It chronicles their struggles to survive in a Machiavellian political world dominated by ruthless men and quixotic loyalties.

Emma and Nelson

Julian Fellowes Writer –

A look at the love affair between 19th century British admiral Lord Nelson and his mistress Emma Hamilton.

2018 – Lewis and Clark – HBO series –

tells the story of the very first American expedition to cross the western portion of North America. They began in May 1804 leaving from St. Louis, Missouri near the Mississippi River. They finished their long and tedious adventure in September of 1806 into the area that was known at that time as the Spanish Territory. (3eps)

2018 – Little Women – PBS Masterpiece

Little Women is a truly universal coming of age story. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage.

2018 Mary Poppins Return

2018 Red Mans View –

The story of a small Native American Shoshone band in an era when the American nation struggles with a changing radical government that during its ‘Civil’ war, that professes freedom for all, but incites destruction and the eradication of an entire people and its culture

2018 – Robin Hood,

Taron Egerton as Robin Hood, Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlet-rumored

2018 Shackleton

Tom Hardy

2018  Snow Ponies

– Gerard Butler is back in action with the lead in Snow Ponies, the feature directorial debut of second-unit veteran Darrin Prescott (John Wick: Chapter 2, Black Panther). The script by Pat Healy was on the 2006 Black List. Sierra/Affinity is financing the project and will take it out to buyers at the European Film Market this month.

Snow Ponies follows a crew of seven hardened men who travel across a vicious landscape to deliver a mysterious package. Met by murderous bandits and brutal obstacles at every turn, they are forced to choose between survival and honor, loyalty and deceit — all the while wondering what secrets their precious cargo might contain. Production is set to begin this year.

2018  The Chaperone    (c.1920s)

Screenplay by Julian Fellows –

In the early 1920s, a Kansas woman finds her life forever changed when she accompanies a young dancer on her fame-seeking journey to New York City.

 2018 The Favourite

Follows the political machinations behind the scenes during the reign of Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Stuarts

2018 The Man Who Killed Hitler and then Bigfoot

 

2018 Vanity Fair –

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!

2018 War of the Worlds   (BBC1, Netflix, PBS)

Headed our way is a three part adaptation of H.G. Wells‘ novel WAR OF THE WORLDS from Poldark and Victoria‘s Mammoth Screen!  At the dawn of the 20th century, Horsell Common in Surrey is struck by a huge meteor, and the inhabitants of Earth slowly fall victim to a vicious invasion. The three-part drama follows one man’s attempt to escape the ruthless Martians – but they are determined to destroy all human life as they attempt to conquer the earth…

 2018 Warrior Queen

The story of Nubian Queen Amanirenas, who ruled over one of the richest kingdoms in Ancient Africa and led a successful battle against the invading Roman Empire.

2018 – Wurthering Heights (7/12/2018) UK

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate tale of the intense and  demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, allegedly a Gypsy foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is degraded and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man to find he is too late and that Cathy has married Edgar Linton. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his miseries.Unable to bear being parted from his love he curses her on her deathbed to never rest and always be with him and so begins 20 years of her haunting his every waking and sleeping hour. A tale of love, hate, horror, haunting, but most of all a story about human nature.

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Cold Skin (Fall of 2017) US

On the edge of the Antartic Circle, in the years after World War I, a steam ship approaches a desolate island far from all shipping lanes. On board is a young man, on his way to assume the lonely post of weather observer, to live in solitude for a year at the end of the world. But on shore he finds no trace of the man whom he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. The rest is forest, a deserted cabin, rocks, silence, and the surrounding sea. And then the night begins to fall…    David Oakes alongside Ray Stevenson!

Circa 1914

 

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The Chaperone – PBS

Elizabeth McGovern Returns to MASTERPIECE in The Chaperone

San Diego, CA; May 16, 2017—PBS and MASTERPIECE have announced that MASTERPIECE is producing its first feature film which will reunite the writer, director and star of Downton Abbey. The Chaperone, based on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling American novel, will be scripted by Julian Fellowes, directed by Michael Engler, and star Elizabeth McGovern, who played Lady Grantham in the hit series. It will air on PBS stations nationwide after its initial theatrical run.

The Chaperone takes place against the backdrop of the tumultuous times of the early 1920’s. A Kansas woman (McGovern) is forever changed when she chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer (Julia Goldani Telles, The Affair) named Louise Brooks to New York for the summer. One of them is eager to fulfill her destiny of dance and movie stardom; the other is on a mission to unearth the mysteries of her past.

Speaking at the PBS Annual Meeting in San Diego, MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton said, “It feels so right to reunite Julian Fellowes, Elizabeth McGovern, and director Michael Engler for our first feature film. Like Downton Abbey, The Chaperone is a beautifully told period drama set in a changing world, but now the setting is New York City.”

Arclight Films is financing and is handling international sales for The Chaperone. PBS Distribution will distribute the film theatrically and to home entertainment markets in the U.S. UTA Independent Film Group handled North America rights. The finance for The Chaperone is provided by Altus Media of which Paul Brett and John Fields are directors and for which Peter Nichols acts as a consultant. The Chaperone is a coproduction of MASTERPIECE and Rose Pictures, in association with Anonymous Content.

Julian Fellowes said, “I am absolutely delighted to be working with MASTERPIECE and Elizabeth McGovern on The Chaperone, based on Laura Moriarty’s novel, which is captivating and beguiling and resonant in so many ways.”

“It is a thrill and an honor to be working with MASTERPIECE and Julian again on his beautiful adaptation of The Chaperone, and to be in the expert hands of director Michael Engler,” said McGovern.

“We’re honored to be working with the legendary Julian Fellowes, MASTERPIECE, and the entire team behind The Chaperone,” said Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight Films.

The Chaperone is a coproduction of MASTERPIECE and Rose Pictures in association with Anonymous Content. The Executive Producers are Rebecca Eaton, Simon Curtis, Eli Selden and Adam Shulman. The producers are Elizabeth McGovern, Rose Ganguzza, Kelly Carmichael, Victoria Hill and Gary Hamilton. It is adapted by Julian Fellowes from the novel by Laura Moriarty. The director is Michael Engler.

Julian Fellowes and Simon Curtis are represented by UTA. Elizabeth McGovern is represented by UTA and Anonymous Content. Multiple Emmy® and DGA-nominated director Michael Engler is represented by WME, Anonymous Content, and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP.

Arclight Films is presenting the film to distributors in Cannes this month.

Courtesy Masterpiece

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.

Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai to Star in ‘The Miniaturist’ for BBC

Alex Hassell, Hayley Squires, Emily Berrington also star in adaptation of Jessie Burton novel

Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai and Alex Hassell will star in period thriller “The Miniaturist” for BBC One, the broadcaster announced Friday. The adaptation of the novel by Jessie Burton is produced by The Forge for the BBC and co-produced with PBS’ Masterpiece.

Now filming, “The Miniaturist” is set in 1686 and stars Taylor-Joy, the break-out star of recent horror hits “The Witch” and “Split,” as a young country woman who arrives in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of a wealthy merchant (Hassell). When her husband presents her with a wedding gift of a cabinet that is a miniature replica of their home, furnished by an elusive miniaturist, she realises the tiny creations mirror what is happening within the household and appear to predict the future with disturbing precision. Garai plays Hassell’s cold and domineering sister.

 “I couldn’t be happier to tell this amazing and atmospheric story with such a wonderful group of people. I immediately fell in love with Nella’s resilience and am so looking forward to telling her story and helping to bring this magical book to life,” said Taylor-Joy of her leading role.

Adapted by John Brownlow “The Miniaturist” is directed by Spanish director Guillem Morales and produced by Gethin Scourfield. Production is now underway, taking place in the Netherlands and the U.K.

The cast also features Hayley Squires, following her break-out, BAFTA-nominated role in Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake.” Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paapa Essiedu and “Humans” star Emily Berrington also star.

“The assembled cast is perfect to the vision I had in my mind’s eye in every way,” said Burton.

Kate Sinclair will serve as executive producer for The Forge alongside Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece.

Courtesy Variety Magazine

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.

 

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,”

Now Filming

Love and Romance

Love Stories

In this section, I would love to bring attention to love stories that you may not have seen.
More will be added in the future

North and South

Set in the 1850s, Gaskell’s novel tells the story of Margaret Hale, a vicar’s daughter from the south of England, whose family moves to the northern industrial town of Milton. There she meets the owner of one of the largest local cotton mills, John Thornton. Used to the genteel society of the south, she struggles to adjust to the grime and poverty of the busy mill town at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. She clashes repeatedly with Thornton, critical of his manner of doing business and his treatment of his workers. But gradually they grow closer and come to understand each other. It’s a ‘social problem’ novel with a compelling love story at the heart of it.

An industrial novel by a lesser-known 19th century writer is an unlikely subject for a popular period drama and the BBC can be forgiven for having had modest ambitions for their adaptation.

But it was an unexpected success. Broadcast in four episodes on Sunday evenings in November and December 2004, it was watched by more than 6 million viewers – many of them women who fell in love with John Thornton, as portrayed by Richard Armitage.

Hundreds of them overwhelmed the BBC Drama message boards with messages about the drama and in particular, its hero. Soon the BBC had to set up a separate message board for North and South discussions. The phenomenon of so many women taking to an Internet message board for the first time because of their love for this programme became the subject of an article by Anne Ashworth in The Times. She wrote,

The BBC Drama website contains the outpourings of hundreds of thirty and fortysomething women for this year’s romantic hero. He is John Thornton, the northern millowner in Mrs Gaskell’s North & South, recently serialised on BBC One. Thornton was played smoulderingly by the previously little-known Richard Armitage as a blue-eyed, dark-haired

Persuasion 2007

Anne Elliot fell deeply in love with the handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth at the age of nineteen. But with neither fortune nor rank to recommend him Anne was persuaded to break off her engagement. Eight years later Anne has lived to regret her decision. She never stopped loving Wentworth and when he returns from sea with a fortune and rank she can only watch as every eligible young woman in the district falls at his feet.

 

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

Tristan and Isolde  2006

One of the most dramatic love stories outside of Romeo and Juliet.

Set in Britain in the Dark Ages, just after the Romans ended their occupation, the barons are fighting among themselves much to the glee of Ireland’s King Donnchadh for it gives him power over Britain. But one of the English barons plan a treaty that will unite all the powerful English lords and thereby bring an end to Ireland’s power. But the Irish king foils their plan leaving the Lord of Aragon dead and his son orphaned. Fast-forward to nine years and we see Tristan of Aragon in the care of Lord Marke who raised Tristan like his own son. One day, after slaying the Irish warrior who killed his father, Tristan was badly injured and thought dead by his clan. Set adrift in the sea, fate takes his boat to the Irish coast where the beautiful Irish princess, Isolde, finds him and nurses him to recovery. Along the way, the couple falls in love only to be separated when almost discovered by Isolde’s father.

But it seems that fate hasn’t finished playing her joke on the star-crossed lovers. With the Irish king’s offer for a truce comes his daughter’s hand in marriage along with a large dowry. Now Tristan fights in a tournament on behalf of Lord Marke, unaware that the woman he fights for is the same one whom he fell in love with. And so begins the epic story of betrayal, passion and forbidden love.  >>trailer

 

 

 

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