Whilst one might need a train or a plane to lose themselves within the glorious English countryside, The Embarkiste can just as easily escape there by the warmth of a cosy cup of tea and a rather good film to pop in. Effortlessly losing herself in fantasies of jewel-adorned sovereigns and romantic dying poets, England has produced a collection of cinema gems worthy of any daydreamer and romantic alike.
Here, The Embarkiste selects several favourite flicks peppered with British accents and Georgian manors, including similar suggestions and her very favourite film of all time, Joe Wright’s dazzling 2005 rendition of Pride and Prejudice. Alas, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day is worth a watch for the costumes and set design alone, while Pirate Radio might interest the opposite of sex for a rather amusing date night. Film plots are provided by Wikipedia.
Based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same name, Pride and Prejudice is a humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Georgian era. Mr Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and five daughters; the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia. The story follows the Bennets as they deal with issues of marriage, morality and misconceptions.
Shakespeare In Love follows an imaginary love affair involving Viola de Lesseps, a privileged and aspiring actress during an era of male actors, and playwright William Shakespeare while he was writing Romeo and Juliet.
On the eve of her 18th birthday and succession to the English throne, young Princess Victoria is caught in a royal power struggle. But, it is her blossoming relationship with Prince Albert that will determine the strength of her reign. Can she dedicate her life to her country and her heart to the one man she truly loves? Discover the passion and the romance behind one of history’s greatest love stories.
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In 1818, high-spirited young Fanny Brawne finds herself increasingly intrigued by the handsome but aloof poet John Keats, who lives next door to her family friends the Dilkes. After reading a book of his poetry, she finds herself even more drawn to the taciturn Keats. Although he agrees to teach her about poetry, Keats cannot act on his reciprocated feelings for Fanny, since as a struggling poet he has no money to support a wife.
It’s on the edge of WWII in 1939 and governess Guinevere Pettigrew finds herself out of work and on the bread line. Middle-aged and running out of options, she takes an uncharacteristic gamble when, after being refused work at an employment agency, she steals the details of a juicy assignment and pursues the job herself. What follows is one fantastic and unforgettable day with the sweet and flamboyant singer-actress Delysia Lafosse.
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Based on the memoir, the story takes place during World War I when Oxford University student Vera Brittain postpones her studies to serve as a nurse while her suitor, her brother and a secret admirer face death in the trenches.
Vivacious Becky Sharp makes a dazzling ascent up the social ladder by scheming and seducing her way to the top until love and romance threaten to get in the way. Her daring adventures prove that all is fair in love and war.
Nowhere Boy is a 2009 British biographical musical drama film about John Lennon’s adolescence, his relationships with his guardian aunt and his mother, the creation of his first band, the Quarrymen, and its evolution into the Beatles.
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A young ballerina joins an established London ballet company and becomes the lead dancer in a new ballet called The Red Shoes, though a wicked obsession for perfection makes things far from graceful.
At the start of the New Year, 32-year-old Bridget decides it’s time to take control of her life — and start keeping a diary. Now, the most provocative, erotic and hysterical book on her bedside table is the one she’s writing. With a taste for adventure, and an opinion on every subject – from exercise to men to food to sex and everything in between – she’s turning the page on a whole new life.
When Tim Lake is 21, his father tells him a secret: The men in their family can travel through time. Although he can’t change history, Tim resolves to improve his life by getting a girlfriend. He meets Mary, falls in love and finally wins her heart via time-travel and a little cunning. However, as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds that his special ability can’t shield him and those he loves from the problems of ordinary life.
Amanda and Iris, two lovelorn women from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, temporarily exchange homes to escape heartbreak during the holiday season.
Rosie and Alex are best friends until Alex’s family moves to America. They gamble everything to keep their love and friendship alive over the years and miles.
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In 1985, Brian Jackson is a first-year university student and information sponge. It has been his life-long dream to be on the TV quiz show University Challenge, though things get complicated when he rivals against a fellow teammate and falls in love with another.
Set among the Riot Club, a fictional all-male, exclusive dining club at Oxford University, two first-year students join the secret society and learn that their reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of one evening.
Set in 1966, it tells the story of the pirate radio station “Radio Rock” and its crew of eclectic disc jockeys, who broadcast rock and pop music to the United Kingdom from a ship anchored in the North Sea while the British government endeavours to shut them down.
Chaos reigns when members of a dysfunctional family gather to bury a loved one. Son Daniel anticipates a face-off with his famous brother Robert, while cousin Martha and her fiance Simon are desperate to make a good impression on her father. In the midst of the family turmoil, a mystery guest threatens to bring the deceased’s skeleton out of the closet.
Peter Colt, a British professional tennis player in his thirties whose ranking has slipped from 11th to 119th in the world, has never really had to fight for anything, as his wealthy family allowed him to easily pursue his tennis ambitions. Though when he earns a wildcard spot to the Wimbledon tournament, his luck begins to turn with a winning streak and a chance at love.
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An 18-year-old daughter of Punjabi Sikhs in London is infatuated with football but her parents have forbidden her to play because she is a girl. Despite her family’s wishes, she joins a local women’s team which makes its way to the top of the league.
After a deadly earthquake destroys his home in Peruvian rainforest, a young bear makes his way to England in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed “Paddington” for the london train station, finds shelter with the family of Henry and Mary Brown. Although Paddington’s amazement at urban living soon endears him to the Browns, someone else has her eye on him: Taxidermist Millicent Clyde has designs on the rare bear and his hide.
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