13 April 2013

UK History In Film

Perfect for a rainy day,
why not grab a blanket
cup of tea
warm the fireplace
and watch a good film

Such an easy way to learn a little UK history
Just pick your time period :)

I've complied a list of films
listed in chronological order of film setting

Braveheart (1995) 
is a historical drama war film portraying William Wallace
13th century Scottish warrior who led the Scots 
in the First War of Scottish Independence 
against King Edward I of England
Starring Mel Gibson 

The Other Boleyn Girl (2001) 
is a historical fiction film loosely based on the relationships 
between Anne Boleyn, her sister Mary, and Henry VIII
Starring Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) 
is the sequel to the 1998 film Elizabeth and loosely based on events 
during the latter part of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England
Starring Cate Blanchett 

Anonymous (2011)  
poses the question, 'Was Shakespeare A Fraud?' 
in this political thriller and pseudo-historical drama
Starring Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave 

The Madness of King George (1994) 
tells the story of George III's deteriorating mental health
and the Regency Crisis of 1788
Starring Nigel HawthorneHelen MirrenRupert Everett 

Becoming Jane (2007) 
depicts the early life of English author Jane Austen 

and her posited relationship with Thomas Langlois Lefroy

Starring Anne Hathaway

Amazing Grace (2006) 
is a biographical drama film about the campaign 
against slave trade in the British Empire in 1807
Starring Ioan Gruffudd  

The Young Victoria (2009) 
is a period drama film depicting the early life and reign of
Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Starring Emily Blunt 

Miss Potter (2006) 
is a film about children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter 
Starring Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor

Titanic (1997) 
is a fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic
One of the biggest blockbuster films ever
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet 

War Horse (2011) 
is a war drama film set before and during World War I

It follows the story of a boy and a horse during the war 

(Oscar nomination)

The King's Speech (2010) 
is a historical drama featuring King George VI (Colin Firth) 
who sees an Australian speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) to cope with a stammer
Also starring Helena Bonham Carter 

Hope & Glory (1987)
is a comedy drama war film 
based on the producer/director John Boorman's
experience of growing up in London during the Blitz during World War II
(Oscar nomination)

Made in Dagenham (2010)
dramatizes the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968 
that aimed for equal pay for women

The Iron Lady (2011) 
is a biographical film based on the life of Margaret Thatcher
the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 20th century
Starring Meryl Streep

The Queen (2006)
is an historical drama film, starring Helen Mirren
who portrays Queen Elizabeth II after the death of Princess Diana in 1997

Calendar Girls (2003) 
is a comedy and true story of a group of mature Yorkshire women who produce
nude calendar to raise money for Leukemia Research in April 1999
Starring Helen Mirren, Julie Walters

Do you have a favorite?

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Jeanie said...

I love just about any film or book about England and English history and most of these I'm familiar with or own, but there are a few I haven't seen yet and will be eager to put on the to-see list. Thanks -- this is a great post! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Michelle said...

The Titanic is the only one of these I've seen. Can you tell we spend little time in front of a screen???

GardenofDaisies said...

So many favorites for me! My son's favorite movie of ALL TIME is Braveheart. There was a time when he watched it a couple of times each week. (No I am not kidding.) Now he has a standing date with his best buddy watch it every New Year's Day. Let's just say that I will not be surprised if some day I have a grandchild named William or Wallace.

Ariana Mullins said...

I love this! I happened to watch The Tudors at the end of our time in Germany, having absolutely no idea that I would end up moving to England a few months later. That was how I learned everything I know about that period of English history-- super educational!
I'm sharing this on my facebook page.

Jenny said...

Great list! Now how about a similar list of books (maybe historical fiction) for those of us lucky enough to live where the sun always shines? I'm always looking for a good beach read. Cheers!

RachelM said...

what an awesome list, thanks for putting it together! England's history is so fascinating. i've seen several of these movies, but now i've got some new suggestions of what to watch next! thanks!

ffc375d6-535b-11e0-a3ed-000bcdca4d7a said...

For me, it's a tie between The King's Speech and The Queen. They both have brilliant performances and a peek behind the monarchy.

Tina in CT said...

Calendar Girls is a hoot. King's Speech and Iron Lady were fantastic. The Queen was an eye opener.

Iota said...

Calendar Girls, The King's Speech, Made in Dagenham.

I loved Made in Dagenham, because it brings to light a little-known piece of really important history. I had no idea what had finally prompted the Equal Pay Act.

Iota said...

If you like fictionalised history, have you discovered Blackadder - for a totally irreverent take on it all?

ann said...

What a great list. I have seen some of the films. I have not seen Anonymous because it would probably just irrigate me. Of course Shakespeare wrote his own stuff. That he did not has long been a popular theory, though. When it really heats up over the summer and I retreat to the basement, you have given me good list of movies.

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Oooh! Great list--I've added some of these to my list of must-sees!

Gillian said...

What a brilliant selection of films you've put together for us! I haven't seen a few of these. x

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Iota - I looked up Blackadder - looks really interesting - and I've yet to hear Hugh Laurie with his native accent :)

Noelle the dreamer said...

Young Victoria was interesting due to the historical context but only Calendar Girls was deemed entertaining Laura for us!

Wendy said...

I might just have to check a few of these out. I know my all time favorite movie is Last of the Mohican's with Daniel Day Lewis but it's actually based in the U.S. but had british citizens in it :) So not sure if that applies to your post.

PURA VIDA said...

I love most of these...but my favorite is Pride and Prejudice..could watch it a thousand times

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Ana Isabel Navarro said...

Hello Laura!
My favourite film is "Titanic", but I like so much also Mel Gibson y his film "Braveheart".
I haven´t seen the other films. Let´s see if I have a relaxed time and I can watch some of these films that you recommend.
See you soon!