E.M. Forster‘s masterpiece Howards End (1910) has been adapted for television once more.
Forster is known for his commentary on social class and hypocrisies, and examining such with wit and intelligence. Howards End in particular places a magnifying glass on three families of varying classes at the beginning of the 20th century. In the novel the half-German Schlegel sisters look to help the impoverished Basts while also working with the rich Wilcoxes to rid them of their ingrained prejudices.
Howards End has been adapted for television once before as the BBC’s Play of the Month series in 1970 with Glenda Jackson. Much later, in 1992 actress Emma Thompson won an Academy Award for her role in the film remake of the novel, which also starred Helena Bonham-Carter (left), and Vanessa Redgrave.
Howards End has inspired two homages to the original story- one opera setting the story in 1950s Boston, USA, and a novel by Zadie Smith called On Beauty (2005).
Howards End began on BBC One November 12th at 9pm. The latest adaptation stars Marvel actress Hayley Atwell as Margaret Schlegel, Matthew Macfadyen (of 2005 Pride & Prejudice movie fame) as Henry Wilcox, comedian and actress Tracey Ullman as Aunt Juley Mund. Adapted by Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Hettie Macdonald, it has already had positive reviews- one of which calling it “Downton Abbey for grown ups”.
Some are quite rightly wondering whether we need another period series, full of nicely fitted bodices and handsome men in suits. The answer is, yes. Howards End is not just a romantic Edwardian drama. The focus is not on love and sex between the classes but ideas, and more importantly ideas of women. Class, capitalism, and gender, are still at the forefront of our modern lives and Howards End manages to still speak to us on an significant level.
With the help of an ever-more interconnected world, modern discourse has opened up to gender, class, and equality more than ever. With Brexit, the apparent rise of fascism and white supremacy in the West, and openly evolving ideas about gender and sexuality, Howards End seems the perfect adaptation to fit the current climate.
Hayley Atwell speaks of her role in the new Howards End adaptation.
The project from Apple draws us into the world of Emily Dickinson and explores the themes of society, gender and family. The series follows Emily as a young writer who feels she doesn’t fit in to her world, and is shown through her imaginative point of view.
Dickinson is the writer’s coming-of-age story and shows her fight to have her voice heard. The comedy is still set in the 1800s, but is being made more accessible through its modern tone and styling.
The six-part drama is taking us back to Victor Hugo’s original novel and exploring the themes of revolution, love, and survival. Filming for the cast and crew began in Belgium and Northern France earlier this year. Casting looks particularly exciting with Dominic West as Jean Valjean, and David Oyelowo the villainous policeman Javert. Lily Collins will play Fantine, the orphaned single mother, with Ellie Bamber as daughter Cosette. Olivia Colman and Adeel Akhtar are set to star as Madame Thénardier and Monsieur Thénardier along with Josh O’Connor and Erin Kellyman as Marius and Éponine respectively.
With a Kiss I Die is a new film directed by Ronnie Khalil. The Shakespearean classic has been reimagined as a vampiric romp, answering that age-old question of ‘what if Juliet Capulet was turned into a vampire and discovers her bisexuality?’
It is set 800 years after the death of Romeo and the death of Juliet as a mortal… Juliet (played by Ella Kweku), meets Farryn (Paige Emerson) who captures her heart much like Romeo had all those centuries ago. Once again it seems the lovers are star-crossed as the ruthless head of Juliet’s vampire family does not approve of the lesbionics. Juliet finds she must choose between her love and her family, and is understandably nervous that she will be repeating her past and inviting tragedy once more.
With a Kiss I Die is released on August the 28th 2018 and you can preorder the film on iTunes.
We first had a teaser trailer for it back in March’18 and Disney are treating us to another while we wait for the movie’s release.
In this latest trailer we get to see Tigger, Piglet, and the rest of Pooh’s friends!
Release date is August 3rd 2018- and we cannot wait!
That isn’t stopping us from lapping it up of course and if you’ve been eagerly awaiting season 6 then here’s the trailer. Read More