Julian Fellowes

To be honest, this man would make it into my Hall of Fame, solely for his act of writing the screenplay for "The Young Victoria" but he has many other credits both for writing and acting. Fellowes won the Oscar for Best Screenplay for "Gosford Park" and he has taken great care in bringing the story of the younger years of Queen Victoria to the big screen. There are plans for him to write a new series "Downton Abbey", as well as "Emma and Nelson" and "Greek Fire". (see Upcoming Films for more details on those)

I was amused to read that he proposed to his wife 20 minutes after meeting her (his wife Emma is the lady-in-waiting to Princess Michael) and that he in the 1970s, he had written romantic novels under the pseudonym Rebecca Greville. He is the author of Snobs and Past Imperfect.

Julian chats about creating Downton Abbey

Currently working on a new series for The Titanic

Daily mail article where Julian discusses making The Young Victoria

Video interview with Julian for The Young Victoria

Video: discussing The Young Victoria

Video: At the premiere of The Young Victoria

Video: Julian chats about being a scriptwriter

Video: Julian chats about From Time to Time, Glasgow Film Fest

Diane Fletcher & Julian Fellowes
(Duke and Duchess of Richmond in The Aristocrats)

Julian's list of credits:


Monarch of the Glen (2000-2005) - Kilwillie
Aristocrats (1999) - Lord Richmond
Sharpe's Regiment (1996)
Jane Eyre (1996) - Colonel Dent
Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)
Shadowlands (1993)
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992) - Winston Churchill
Little Sir Nicholas (1990)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)


Titanic - new series for 2012?
Downton Abbey (2010)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (on hold?)
From Time to Time (2009)
The Young Victoria (2009)
Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder
- The Case of the Earl of Erroll (2005)
- The Case of George Harry Storrs (2005)
- The Case of Rose Harsent (2005)
- The Case of Charles Bravo (2004)
Vanity Fair (2004)
Piccadilly Jim (2004)
Gosford Park (2001)
The Prince and the Pauper (1996)
Little Lord Flaunteroy (1995)
Little Sir Nicholas (1990)

Mary Poppins (stage musical)
(book by Julian Fellowes, music & lyrics by Sherman brothers)

In development:
Emma and Nelson (2011)
Greek Fire (2011)
The Vanderbilts (for Showtime)

Carey Mulligan, who is said to be up for an Oscar nomination for her role in "An Education", mentions how Julian helped her get her acting career off the ground.

“Julian gave a talk at my school when I was 17 about Gosford Park and winning an Oscar,” says Mulligan, who is now 24. “I met him after that very briefly and said I wanted to be an actor and he said, ‘go and marry a lawyer’. So that,” she adds dryly, “was brilliant. Very helpful.”

Later, however, Fellowes offered Mulligan some more practical help. “I hadn’t got into drama school and I’d lost my place at university,” she recalls. “I was taking my gap year, working in two pubs in the evening and as a runner at Ealing Studios during the day. I wrote Julian a letter and asked how do I get into acting without training or going to university, because I think I’ll drop out if I do that.”

Fellowes introduced Mulligan to his wife, who knew several well-known casting directors, and as a result she ended up getting an audition for Joe Wright’s big-screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. She got the job – playing the flighty Kitty Bennett – and hasn’t looked back since.

Irish Times

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Banking on Mr. Toad (2010)

Upcoming film combines live action and animation to tell story of author Kenneth Grahame.

Following article found at EmpireOnline:

"The Wind in the Willows is getting a tad more fantastic as Ioan Gruffudd steps into the shoes of financier-turned-author Kenneth Grahame for biopic Banking on Mr. Toad. Also rumoured to be joining the cast is Samantha Morton, who would be set to play the unconventional childrens character creator's wife Elspeth.

The film, set to be directed by Driving Miss Daisy's Bruce Beresford, will follow the man who formed one of Britain's best loved storybooks, The Wind In The Willows, from his beginnings as the secretary of the Bank of England in Victorian England to dealing with the challenges of raising an autistic son in a less than accepting society.

The adventures of Willows characters Mole, Ratty and Toad, first published in 1908, were influenced by Grahame's early years living with his grandmother following his mother's death along the banks of the River Thames . The stories of these anthropomorphised creatures were continually successful from then on, were later brought to the stage as Toad of Toad Hall and have been adapted for TV and film throughout the years.

Written by Timothy Haas and Wendy Oberman, the film will mix animation and live-action and will be shot in Ireland later this year. Expect Finding Neverland and Miss Potter-isms aplenty."

IMDb link

Thanks to Peri for the heads up!
Reminds me that I need to unwrap and watch my DVD of Miss Potter...

Anne of Green Gables - archive video

An old interview with Megan Follows and Richard Farnsworth from Sullivan Entertainment archives...

Colin Firth news - Oct. 29/09

With regards to BBC's announcement that they will be producing yet another adaptation of David Copperfield, I was pleased to find that I am not the only one who feels that remaking the same old movies again is not the most welcome news. I queried period movie fans of various sites and am thrilled at the suggestions mentioned already. Even if the BBC is deaf to our suggestions, I at least have found great recommendations for my reading list!

Having said that, I noticed that none other than Colin Firth is listed as being part of the cast according to IMDb. I found some dated information on Velvet Octopus about the possible casting for the film although I'm uncertain if these details have since been changed. I still have a hard time getting enthused about this production but wanted to pass this along.

Colin Firth as Mr. Murdstone
Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Micawber
Julie Walters as Aunt Betsy
Kevin McNally as Dan Pegotty
Dominic Cooper as Steerforth

MTA - apparently Firth is no longer attached to the production of David Copperfield.

And here's a pic from the upcoming "A Christmas Carol",
which features Colin as Scrooge's nephew Fred.

Sherlock Holmes - movie posters

A Facebook viral game has been launched by the film's producers.
Pair up with a friend and answer clues to solve a mystery
leading up to the beginning of the movie.


New posters for the upcoming Sherlock Holmes


Robert Downey Jr.
Jude Law
Rachel McAdams
Mark Strong

Dean Spanley with Jeremy Northam & Bryan Brown

I don't think there are many discussions about Emma adaptations without referring to who most of us consider to be the ultimate Knightley - Mr. Jeremy Northam. I don't mean to discredit Jonny Lee Miller's performance - I thought he was quite good. I just wasn't thrilled with the overall production and felt in need of a little bit of Jeremy to cheer me up. I found this interview he did with costar Bryan Brown for Dean Spanley. I was excited about the trailer when it came out but haven't heard any more of the film. Wondering if anybody has seen Dean Spanley?

Now for a little dose of Mr. Northam :)

I had posted the trailer earlier but here it is again...

I've finally seen the film and thought it was just fair. I think I was expecting more based on the trailer but I found the movie to be rather boring and how could I say that with Jeremy in it?! Oh well.

Amelia Warner - Slow Moving Millie

She had the title role in "Lorna Doone" and she's also appeared in The Aristocrats (as Lady Cecilia, the youngest Lennox sister), Take a Girl Like You and Mansfield Park (playing younger Fanny to Frances O'Connor). These days, Amelia can be found writing music under the name of "Slow Moving Millie".

Cecilia (Amelia Warner) with Louisa (Anne Marie Duff)

Shown with Sarah (Jodhi May)

Shown with Emily (Geraldine Sommerville)

She adapted one of her songs for this Virgin ad and has some songs on MySpace.

Latest News & Upcoming Films - Oct. 26/09

In the news... Donald Trump's daughter got married this weekend and they said her dress was similar to Grace Kelly's so I wanted to see it again. Found this picture and think it's absolutely graceful just as the lady who wore it!
(Grace’s wedding gown was the most expensive design ever made by Helen Rose. It used 25 yards of silk taffeta and 100 yards of silk net. Its 125-year-old rose point lace was purchased from a museum and thousands of tiny pearls were sewn on the veil.)

"Elizabeth Swann", "Elizabeth Bennett" and now "Eliza Doolittle" will be taken on by Keira Knightley. (Wonder if she'll ever take on the role of Queen Elizabeth?) We already heard that Knightley was rumoured to take on the lead role in "My Fair Lady" and it now appears to be more official. Daniel Craig's name has been mentioned for Higgins...(Joe Wright who directed Kiera in P&P was mentioned as director but he has stated that he's not part of this production)

Queen Kristina (2011)
Sarah Polley will be portraying the "17th century Swedish queen who ascended to the throne at age six years and became an eccentric political and military leader who eventually abdicated her throne to pursue artistic and scientific interests. " To be co-produced by Canada and Sweden.

Dusty Springfield biopic?
I've heard that Keira Knightley, Nicole Kidman and singer Amy Winehouse are being considered to play 60's singer Dusty Springfield although earlier posts suggested that Kidman already had the role.

Other films updated recently:
A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey
Chasing Vermeer
Airman (based on Colfer's book)
Game of Thrones
Jane Eyre (2010)
From Prada to Nada (based on S&S)
Upstairs, Downstairs
Small Island

>>main page of Upcoming Films

Colin Firth as Fred Scrooge

Disney is releasing Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" on November 6th and we get to have a sneak peek at some of the images from the film...

Colin takes on the role of Fred, nephew of Scrooge

One of the animation suits worn in the film

Colin wearing sensors

Big Ben

Scrooge's House

~ Read more on the film here. ~

An open letter to the BBC

(New period drama...if YOU could choose?)

Just found two separate articles reporting about the disappointing ratings for the much anticipated adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma" starring Romola Garai. Seems many of us had hoped that this would draw in a high number of viewers to encourage BBC to not turn its back on their traditon of producing period drama. However, I have to wonder if the mediocre response that this series seems to be having from fans, might be a tougher blow than expected for the future of the "bonnets". (The Independent and Daily Mail)

There are other factors of course, many tv channels are scrambling for audiences. The television landscape has altered significantly in the past few years including more channels and having to compete with the internet for viewers. (I know of more instances of those who are forgoing cable and solely watching online.)

MTA - New article in The Times Online on April 24, 2010 with BBC indicating shift toward Bronte-themed projects. More info here.

BUT I would just like to say to the 'powers that be' at the BBC, (and any other producers out there) why don't you take some time to listen to viewers and devoted fans of period drama to hear what we'd like to see? As much as I like Austen, I think I'm experiencing Austen-overload myself. It hasn't helped that so many others have sought to cash in on her popularity with countless spin-off books (one of which I am soooo tired of hearing discussed) and the overuse of the phrase, "It is a truth universally acknowledged ...fill in the blank!"

I've said it before but why cancel plans for less known dramas only to promise us yet another David Copperfield. Really?!! So 18 adaptations of Copperfield is not enough?

What about Georgette Heyer? I know of many who would delight in seeing one of her over 40 novels being played out on the small (or big) screen.

What about another one of Dickens' novels? One that we don't already know inside out! (Little Dorrit was wonderful!)

What about one of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels? (I'm a little biased on this one!)

What about ...(insert favourite author here)????

Thank you BBC for all the wonderful dramas that you've given us.
I think the fan base for period drama is stronger than ever.
Please don't take us for granted.

* * * * * *

Which author or book would you like to see adapted for film?

Here are some suggestions I've received already!
(Some of which I will have to look up since I haven't read these books that are obviously treasured! Thanks to the folks at C19, Livejournal, Tudorphiles and Facebook group for responding to this question!!)
[***ones with a star had more than one person suggest that book or author]

A.S.Byatt - Possession
Ann Radcliffe - Mysteries of Udolpho**
Anne Bronte - Agnes Grey
Anya Seton - Katherine, Avalon, ...
Arthur Miller - The Crucible**
Bram Stoker - Dracula
Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities***, Hard Times, Pickwick Papers, Mystery of Edwin Drood...
Charlotte Bronte – Vilette*****, Shirley
Count of Monte Cristo
D. H. Lawrence - Sons and Lovers, Lady Chatterly's Lover
Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel, Rebecca, Jamaica Inn
Deanna Raybourne - Silent in the Grave, Silent in the Sanctuary, Silent on the Moor
Diana Gabaldon - Outlander***
Dick Turpin - Highway Man
Elizabeth Gaskell - Sylvia's Lovers, Mary Barton****
Elizabeth George Speare - Witch of Blackbird Pond
Elizabeth von Amim - Enchanted April
Ellis Peters - Felse Family Mysteries
Emile Zola - The Ladies' Paradise
Fanny Burney**- Evelina, Cecilia...
Florence Barclay - The Rosary
G.A. Henty
Gene Stratton Porter - Girl of the Lumberlost
George Eliot
Georgette Heyer**** - Frederica, Sylvester, Grand Sophy, Venetia, Cotillion, Bath Tangle, Arabella...
Gwen Bristow - Celia Garth
Henry James*** - The Portrait of a Lady, Daisy Miller, The American, What Maisie Knew
Irene Nemirovsky - Suite Francaise, All Our Worldly Goods
James Hilton - Random Harvest
Jane Feather
Jean Webster - Daddy Long-legs
Jude Morgan - Indiscretion
J. M. Barrie - Peter Pan
Kate Ross - Julian Kestrel novels
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace
Libba Bray - A Great and Terrible Beauty
Mary Hart Lovelace**** - Betsy-Tacy novels, Emily of Deep Valley
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein
Mary Stewart - Nine Coaches Waiting...
Naomi Novik
Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlett Letter, House of the Seven Gables
Noel Streatfield - Saplings, ...
Phillipa Gregory - Constant Princess, The White Queen...
R.M. Ballantyne
Robert Louis Stevenson - The Black Arrow**, Jekyll and Hyde
Robert Tressell - The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Samuel Richardson - Sir Charles Grandison, Pamela...
Sharon Kay Penman - Sunne in Splendour, Welsh trilogy, Eleanor of Aquitane, War of the Roses
Sir Walter Scott - Waverley, Quentin Durward
Stephanie Laurens
Susanna Clarke
Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes, Trumpet Major, The Well-Beloved, Two on a Tower
Tracy Chevalier - Falling Angels, Virgin Blue
Victor Hugo - Hunchback of Notre Dame
Victoria Alexander
William Thackeray - Henry Esmond, The Rose and the Ring, Cazalets pt.2, Pendennis...
William Trevor - My House in Umbria
Winston Graham – Poldark

Also mentioned:
- French Revolution mini series that's not from a royalist/Marie Antoinette standpoint
- a proper adaptation of Austen's Mansfield Park
- Many have also said how they would like to see an unknown author's work brought to attention.

Endgame (2009)

~ A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

Re-posting this since it will be on PBS Sunday Oct. 25th!
View trailer

Visit Official Site
(interviews, behind the scenes, etc)

The film stars Jonny Lee Miller, William Hurt, Mark Strong and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Found some pics from the latest PBS Press Tour promoting Endgame...

Can I just say that I was tickled to see Rebecca Eaton (in my Hall of Fame) sitting beside David Tennant?
She's one of my heroes for all the great productions she's brought to PBS Masterpiece!
I would love to have her job! And it was also announced that David Tennant will be appearing
in Hamlet in 2010. (He's also the new host of Masterpiece, starting in October)

And who might this be? I didn't recognize him in this first pic...
Yep, it's Jonny Lee Miller who portrays Michael Young in "Endgame".

The real Michael Young

Chiwetel Ejiofor (who plays President Thabo Mbeki)

The film will play on PBS Masterpiece on Oct. 25/09
Visit official site of PBS

Film opens in select US theatres Oct 30

Disney - A Christmas Carol

"DISNEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, a multi-sensory thrill ride re-envisioned by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking 3-D motion picture event.

Release date Nov. 6, 2009
View trailers below

Ebenezer Scrooge (JIM CARREY) begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (GARY OLDMAN) and his cheery nephew (COLIN FIRTH). But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late." - Rope of Silicon

Casting a Classic

Even as Robert Zemeckis was writing the script, he had only one actor in mind to play the role of Scrooge - Jim Carrey.
“Jim’s not just a wonderful actor, he’s a chameleon,” says Starkey. “He can work his body in ways other actors can’t. He’s just so versatile. I can’t imagine the film without him.”
Neither could the director. Zemeckis had no doubts that Carrey’s talent as an imaginative and risk-taking actor would make him the quintessential Scrooge. “When I did my first performance-capture movie and I realized the potential of what could be done, I couldn’t help but think that the greatest performance-capture actor that exists is Jim Carrey,” says the director. “His face is so incredibly expressive, and he’s so great at creating characters, giving him the ability to completely change his physicality. All of his talents as a performer and as a comedian are included in his performance.”

(scroll down for more details)

You can download any of these wallpapers at Disney's Official Site.

Here's a new clip. I find it eerie how much the computer-generated character of Cratchit looks like Gary Oldman...

Producer Rapke agrees, “There is a place that he goes to that in a million years you wouldn’t think it was possible. He has an unlimited amount of extraordinary physicality. The way he transforms himself into Scrooge is amazing. He gives his all, pursuing every single permutation of the character. He comes up with so many alternatives and they are all great. It’s an embarrassment of riches.”

“Since the ghosts are all an extension of Scrooge, it’s only fitting that they all have a bit of Scrooge in them. So it was a perfect fit to have Jim play all the parts.” - Robert Zemeckis, Director/Producer/Screenwriter

Zemeckis called on several other cast members to fulfil more than one role. Gary Oldman plays the meek, but optimistic Bob Cratchit, as well as Cratchit’s young ailing son Tiny Tim, and Marley’s ghost. “We hired a great actor who himself is a master of disguise,” says Zemeckis.
“Gary Oldman is one of the most brilliant actors working today and to have him come and do these characters that require different aspects of personality and experience, it’s amazing to watch,” adds Rapke.

Classically trained British theatre actor Colin Firth is one of the few actors playing only one role, but he plays a central figure in the film. Firth portrays the forever optimistic Fred, whose cheery disposition and opposing outlook on life is a stark contrast to that of his grumpy uncle Scrooge.
“Fred is quite simply the opposite of Scrooge,” explains Firth. “He’s the foil. If Scrooge is the ultimate pessimist, Fred is the ultimate optimist. I think Fred sees life very simply. ‘Why can’t we be friends? It’s not complicated. I’m inviting you to dinner. Why don’t you just come for dinner?’ I think he embodies the Christmas spirit. He wishes no ill to anybody.”
“Colin Firth is a dashing actor,” says Starkey. “He is just a perfect, proper young Englishman.”

Robin Wright Penn, who appeared in Zemeckis’ previous performance-capture film “Beowulf,” as well as the director’s acclaimed hit “Forrest Gump,” portrays Belle, the beautiful young woman whom Scrooge chooses not to pursue, turning his back on a life of love and light. Penn also plays Scrooge’s young sister Fan, for whom Scrooge had a great affection; he could never quite get over her untimely death.
“Robin is part of our repertory company,” says Rapke. “There is not a female role that we don’t think of her first. She is so talented, and she is part of our creative family.
“As Belle, she is part of the moment that forms the older Scrooge,” continues Rapke. “She is the object of his love. She represents what could have been and is the source of Scrooge’s greatest sadness. His life would have been totally different. And for Fan, we needed somebody to portray that kind of beautiful innocence, that verve for life with a slightly naive quality - that’s Robin.”

The filmmakers called on one of England’s most distinctive actors, Bob Hoskins, to join the cast. Hoskins left school at 15 to pursue an acting career. His breakout performance came in 1987 with his Academy Award-nominated role in “Mona Lisa.” He continued to dazzle audiences in films such as “Nixon,” “Maid in Manhattan,” and “Mrs Henderson Presents.”
“There is an amazing history between Bob Zemeckis and Bob Hoskins because of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,’” says Rapke. “Bob said, ‘The only guy I can see being Fezziwig is Bob Hoskins. He can dance and he has a great face. And Bob should play Old Joe, too. He would be fabulous in that role as well.’”
Although it had been 20 years since the actor had worked with Zemeckis, Hoskins was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the director again. “My main reason to do this film was to work again with Robert Zemeckis,” says Hoskins. “Bob is the Einstein of cinema. His imagination is always worth seeing. It’s extraordinary. I’ve got a very soft spot for Zemeckis - he’s mad as a March hare, but I love him,” laughs Hoskins.

Starring alongside Hoskins as Mrs Dilber is the Abbey Theatre-trained Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan. On stage and on screen, Flanagan has appeared in films including “Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood,” “Transamerica,” and “Waking Ned Divine.” Filmmakers tapped Flanagan to portray Scrooge’s charwoman, a poor woman who takes advantage of her master’s untimely demise by stealing his personal belongings and haggling with Old Joe over the items.
“Their way of celebrating is to gloat over what she’s managed to steal from Scrooge’s house,” says Flanagan.

The multitalented Cary Elwes joins the cast and plays a menagerie of characters with great diversity and range: the mad fiddler who plays at Fezziwig’s big bash; Dick Wilkins, Scrooge’s roommate from years ago; and a businessman who is shunned by Scrooge when he solicits donations for the poor.
“Cary plays multiple characters and he’s got the versatility to support them all,” says Starkey.
Elwes has a unique connection to the story. The actor is actually related to the man believed to be the inspiration for Scrooge. “John Megid Elwes is an ancestor of mine who was a renowned miser,” says Elwes. “He was a politician who changed his name from Megid to Elwes in order to gain favour with his uncle, Sir Harvey Elwes, who he knew was going to die without an heir and he had tons of money. And it worked. He managed to get all Mr Harvey Elwes’ estates and proceeded to become one of the most famous misers in English history. He was renowned for never changing his clothes.”

Completing the cast are Leslie Manville as Mrs Cratchit, Leslie Zemeckis as Fred’s wife, and Paul Blackthorne as Belle’s husband.

Director Robert Zemeckis didn’t have to contemplate who he’d call on to score the music for “DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL.” Composer Alan Silvestri was his first choice. “Alan and I have a long working relationship that spans 25 years,” says Zemeckis.
The two began working together on Zemeckis’ film “Romancing the Stone.” Silvestri’s suspenseful score helped make the action-comedy a hit. They continued to collaborate with films including the “Back to the Future” series, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” the Oscar-winning “Forrest Gump” (for which Silvestri received an Academy Award nomination for Best Score), “Contact,” “What Lies Beneath,” “Cast Away” (for which the composer won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition), and the spectacular Christmas fantasy “The Polar Express.” The song “Believe,” performed by Josh Groban, which Silvestri co-wrote with Glen Ballard, was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Song category and won a Grammy Award for Best Song for a Motion Picture. Zemeckis and Silvestri also teamed up for the epic tale “Beowulf.”
Silvestri teamed up with Glen Ballard to create the perfect song to cap the film. “God Bless Us Everyone,” an original song inspired by the film’s famous line delivered by Tiny Tim at the end of the movie, was recorded by none other than Andrea Bocelli. Says Zemeckis: “Bocelli heard the wonderful song composed by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri and immediately decided he wanted to record it. I think the song will be a Christmas classic.”

David Tennant, host of PBS Masterpiece Contemporary

David Tennant discusses his upcoming job as the new host of PBS "Masterpiece Contemporary".
8 mini interviews where he exhibits his classic charm...

Click here and then click on each photo for interview...

Young Victoria - Interview with Screenwriter Julian Fellowes

"The Young Victoria" has been my favourite new period drama of the past year. They seem to be taking forever to release it in North America but I understand from what I've read that they're hoping to get it noticed for Oscar nomination time. It did play at the Toronto film festival but hasn't been screened for wider release yet in Canada. (IMDb currently only gives Dec. 18th as a date for limited release in the U.S.)

This is an older interview but I just stumbled on it. Julian Fellowes (writer of Gosford Park, Vanity Fair and From Time to Time) discusses the making of The Young Victoria. Fellowes has been no stranger to Kensington palace, seeing as his wife is lady-in-waiting to Princess Michael of Kent, wife of Prince Michael (who is the great-great grandson of Queen Victoria). I loved hearing even more details of the making of this film...

Screenwriter reveals: How I put Young Victoria on the throne
(click for full article from The Daily Mail)

I'm also excited about Fellowes upco
ming series Downton Abbey, a newly commissioned period series. Laura Mackie, director of Drama for ITV discusses the trend for less period dramas...
On ITV (who produced three Austen films in 2007) the recent dramatization of Wuthering Heights won critical acclaim, but the viewing figures were disappointing. “We were really proud of Wuthering,” says Mackie. “But it’s one of very few big marquee titles in the literary adaptation list that would look at. From back in the days of Upstairs, Downstairs and Edward and Mrs Simpson, ITV has had a tradition of commissioning original period drama rather than literary adaptations. That tradition is alive and well – we’ve just commissioned Julian Fellowes [who won an Oscar for his screenplay for Gosford Park] to write Downton Abbey, a nine-part serial set in an Edwardian country house.”
I've already posted this video but it includes Fellowes talking about a scene in the film that I squirmed through when I watched the film. I looked it up afterward to see if this incident with King William scolding Victoria's mother actually happened and found out that it was based on fact.
Here's an interview done on the red carpet at the premiere of The Young Victoria:

Here's a press conference where Julian discusses The Young Victoria!

more >>>The Young Victoria
(trailer, screencaps, interviews, etc.)

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which I try to continually update on Upcoming Films and Latest News

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