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SUMMERLAND : a British lesbian period drama

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  Summerland is the debut feature film from Olivier award winning playwright, screenwriter and director Jessica Swale.  She is reunited with actresses Gemma Arterton and  Gugu Mbatha-Raw who  both starred in her stage play Nell Gwynn, for this , another quintessential English drama with a real twist. Arterton and Mbatha-Raw play University Students  in the … Continue reading



Little Women : Greta Gerwig’s feminist take on the story of the March Sisters

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  For her sophomore directing gig Greta Gerwig took an enormous gamble by putting her spin on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel LIttle Women that has been universally beloved for the past 150 years since it was first published. Happily this adaption/reinterpretation is a sheer delight that not only will Miss Alcott’s loyal fans love, … Continue reading



What’s next for Downton’s Creator?

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  Whilst Julian Fellowes may chose to keep us guessing about the inevitable Downton Abbey Movie sequel and whether Barrow the Butler will ever find true love, he has just announced his next new project. Lord Fellowes, as he should be formally addressed, is about to start a new period drama for HBO that this … Continue reading



Downton Abbey : the best feel-good movie of the year (so far)

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  Watching the glorious movie version of Downton Abbey on the big screen is just like being welcomed back home to old (rather grand) friends who we have missed .  Of course we are not the visitors that Lord and Lady Grantham (Hugh Bonneville & Elizabeth McGovern) are expecting as they have just received a … Continue reading



The Chaperone : Take off the corset and put on the slippers

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  If a chaperone is the person who is supposed to be there to stop anything too racy happening this is an aptly named movie. It’s the story of a woman who manages to mentally and physically throw off her corsets while making the audience feel like they are easing into a pair of slippers. … Continue reading



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