On my period drama radar | June & July 2022

We are spoilt over the next couple of weeks for period dramas in my opinion (and as you can see, I’ve been re-watching my favourites from the cover photo of this blog) – an embarrassment of Regency riches, as well as one big musical biopic, that I am desperate to get to see. Here’s what I’ll be watching and thinking about over the next month:

Elvis

Austin Butler stars as Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic of the rock and roll singer. I’ve always been super interested in Elvis’ music, and have now been to Graceland (another post on that another time? It’s a historic house, after all!), but more than that, I absolutely love Luhrmann’s films, so I think this could be quite the spectacle. (Moulin Rouge! in particular is, in my opinion, spectacular spectacular!)

Elvis trailer.

I’m interested to see what sides of Elvis’ life and career are covered in the film, so once I get to the cinema to see this, expect a review! Alongside Butler, Elvis stars Tom Hanks as Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker and Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley.

Country singer Kacey Musgraves has also released a version of Can’t Help Falling In Love as part of the film, so be sure to listen to that to get you in the mood!

Elvis is in cinemas now.

Mr Malcolm’s List

I’ve talked briefly about Suzanne Allain’s book here, but I am SO excited to see the film. In short, Mr Malcolm is an eligible bachelor with a long list of what he desires in a bride. When Julia Thistlethwaite is rejected by him, she manipulates her acquaintance Serena Dalton into trying to teach Mr Malcolm a lesson.

Doesn’t the trailer look fantastic?

The road to this film being made is fascinating: Allain self-published her novel, wrote a script based on it, filmmaker Emma Holly Jones found it and secured the rights. A short film version was made to try and attract support for a feature-length version, which was released in 2019.

It was so popular, Allain’s novel was published by Berkley Press in 2020 and now the full-length movie, starring Freida Pinto, Zawe Ashton and Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù as the very handsome Mr Malcolm, is going to be released on July 1st.

Persuasion

Netflix’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel (my second favourite of hers, with, in my opinion, one of the best letters in literature) hits the streaming service on July 15th. Dakota Johnson is our Anne Elliot, mourning the way she let her family convince her to abandon her love Captain Wentworth (Cosmo Jarvis) years before, when he reappears on the scene, more successful and as handsome as ever.

Reactions to the trailer have been… mixed, to say the least. But, I’m excited and very much maintaining an open mind, because it’s always interesting to see what new adaptations can bring to the story. Also, the cast is stellar: I’m particularly excited for Richard E. Grant to take on the role of Sir Walter Elliot, because he is fabulous in everything he is in!

Not too long to wait until it is released!

So, I will say I am half agony, half hope, in waiting the couple of weeks until this release!

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