Radio Times (UK) – December 17-30, 2011
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Big thanks to Lorna.
On the next Downton Abbey
The sun is rising behind Downton Abbey, a great and splendid house in a great and splendid park. So secure does it appear, that it seems as if the way of life it represents will last for another thousand years. It won't.
British coming-of-age comedy drama, Albatross, has been released on Video-On-Demand yesterday (2nd December), starring Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s Downton Abbey) as 17-year-old Emelia Conan-Doyle, the heir to the legacy of Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle.
Directed by Niall MacCormick (TV’s The Song of Lunch), Albatross follows Emelia, an aspiring writer who hopes to follow in the literary footsteps of her grandfather, whilst she’s also working at a seaside hotel on the south coast of England, owned by writers-blocked Jonathan (Sebastian Koch – Unknown). His wife Joa (Julia Ormond – My Week with Marilyn) also runs the hotel, and Emelia becomes friends with his daughter, Beth (Felicity Jones – Like Crazy). Their friendship is soon threatened, however, when Emelia and Jonathan begin an affair after they connect over their love of books.
Premiering at the Edinburgh International Film Festival earlier this year, Brown-Findlay has received a universal praise for her performance.
The film stars a number of other Brits including Peter Vaughan, Harry Treadaway, and Thomas Brodie Sangster, and as well as the IFC films Video-On-Demand release (check your cable box on-demand section for availability) it will also have a limited theatrical release on 2nd January, 2012.
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Last but not least, please give a warm welcome to the WWW to DowntOnline, our brand new Family Affiliate Site.
“Abbey” Row — The strenght of Downton is all character”, Julian Fellowes says when asked why we love his phenomenally successful Downton Abbey quite so much. There is a perfect mix of aristocratic and servant intrigue, of big storytelling, love, gossip and beautiful people in beautiful costume. “It looks like classic period drama, but the structure is more like The West Wing“, Fellowes continues. “Everything is very quick; we shot it with the speed of a soap”.
Kate Mosse, the author of Labyrinth posted about the filming of Jessica’s first scenes for the miniseries. Spoilers for those who have not read the book!
The following day, though, summer was back. With temperatures pushing 29 degrees at midday, we decamped to the beautiful little town of Lagrasse, some 30 km from Carcassonne, to film the first of the 13th century scenes – the scene where Alaïs finds a dead man in the river (the label for his costume in wardrobe was wonderful!). It was extraordinary to see the quiet determination of the Czech actor (with wet suit and nose plugs) under his medieval robes and the stunt man in the water with him and Jessica Brown Findlay, perfect as Alaïs – beautiful, poised, other-worldly – walking in a beautiful sage green robe along the river bank with mist (from wonderful machines) being generated behind her to give the impression of a dawn in 1209.
Brown-Findlay, the actress who plays idealistic young Sybil, was shot in sultry pose by the photographer Rankin as she discussed her plans for life after Downton.
“I’m hungry for a cold and mean character. I’d love it if someone thought I could play gritty. I want to play a baddie – someone really scary,” she said.
The 22-year-old trained as a ballerina but her hopes of a dance career were dashed by injury. She took up acting as an alternative and landed her first major role in the period drama.
She told The Hunger magazine: “I feel a bit like a kid who gets into a club with their fake ID, and everyone there knows they’re under-age. To be included in these lists of ‘new talent’ with such great people is a bit bizarre.
“It’s good, though, because now I have to step up and rise to it, and learn as much as I can. That’s why I like working with people like Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery and all these wonderful actors in Downton Abbey. If you’re going to learn anything at all, it will be from these people.”
The Hunger, Rankin’s biannual magazine, and www.thehunger.tv launch on November 17
Will they ever find love? Exclusive interviews with the Downton sisters!
Date Posted: 17/Oct/2011 15:56
By: Tessa Hawley
ONE of the stars of Albatross – a film shot entirely in the Isle of Man – has described the Island as “stunning”.
British actress Jessica Brown-Findlay, who plays the lead in the film, has been singing the praises of the Island during promotional interviews.
Speaking about the Isle of Man on Steve Wright’s BBC Radio 2 show last week Jessica said: “It was stunning. The countryside out there is amazing and we had, despite filming in November and December, some wonderfully sunny days. It’s freezing but glorious.
“I adored every 4am wake up and was sort of bounding on set at 5.45am in the morning! I just adored it. It was a dream role and I fell in love with it from day one.” Read full story »
By Emily Cronin | Posted: Fri 14 Oct 2011
The star of Downton Abbey tells us about her new film project, and what it’s like to wear those costumes…
As Lady Sybil, the youngest Grantham daughter on Downton Abbey, Jessica Brown Findlay has to contend with scheming older sisters, strict class divisions, a draughty stately home—and corsets.
‘I might wear one if they weren’t so uncomfortable,’ she laughs. ‘Sometimes I catch a look onscreen and think, “Ooh, my waist looks small there,” forgetting that I was wearing a corset and that I could hardly breathe.’
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