A few years ago a period drama website I followed (which has since disappeared) hosted a Period Drama Challenge - watch a certain number of period dramas in a year and review each one. That challenge is what got me started reviewing films.
Now I'd like to issue a similar challenge to all of you! This Period Drama Challenge is given in the hopes that it will inspire you to not only watch new and interesting period films but also share a love for these films by reviewing them!
- Choose a number of period films to watch (see levels below).
- Leave me a comment to let me know you are going to participate and post on your blog or website that you're going to join in.
- Watch the number of films you choose between January 7th - July 7th, 2013.
- When you watch a period film review it on your blog or website.
- When you review a film leave a comment here with the link to your review.
- Each month I'll be posting links to the reviews posted during that month.
- Each month I'm also planning to post some tag questions for participants to answer just for fun.
How Many Period Dramas Will You Choose To Watch?
Choose a number of films from the list below. You can change the number of films you watch and review as you go along. You don't have to tell me which films you're going to watch and review - part of the fun is finding new things to watch. You can choose to re-watch a film you've seen before, but just make sure it's one you've never reviewed before. Pick however many films you think you can reasonably watch and review in six months.
Choose one of these amounts:
- 5 Films - Period Film Admirer
- 8 Films - Period Film Lover
- 10 Films - Period Film Devotee
- 12 to 15 Films - Period Film Fanatic
What Makes A Period Drama?
A television costume drama, big screen film or TV series set in a historical era. They could be adaptations of classic novels, based upon historically set books, stories of historical events or even biographical flicks. For what eras are eligible I'd say anything from Ancient times up to the 1940's (like World War II). Also eligible are films that travel back in time or start in one era and moves to another (such as Lost In Austen, From Time To Time, Somewhere In Time or The Love Letter).
Here's a list of historical eras to help you out:
- The Ancient Era (Biblical times, 4000 B.C.-476 A.D.)
- The Medieval Era (476-1450)
- The Renaissance Era (1450-1600) & Elizabethan Era (1558-1603)
- The Baroque Era (1600-1750)
- The Georgian/Colonial Era (1714-1811)
- The Regency Era (1812-1830, also known as the Jane Austen era)
- The Victorian Era (1837-1901)
- The Edwardian Era (1901-1919. and World War I)
- The 1920's
- The 1930's
- The 1940's (World War II films)
Having a hard time choosing something to watch? Check out my Period Films page and also this handy list with synopsis, trailers and links to reviews of each film.
What Should You Include In Your Reviews?
Firstly, the films you choose should preferably be family friendly, but if they do have questionable scenes please note this somewhere in your review. Other than that the style of review is up to you! Your review can be fairly short (one or two paragraphs) or ramble on at length - but, if you usually write very short reviews I encourage you to go into more detail. It's a good idea to talk about things like the music, scenery, story, actors, costumes & hairstyles. And if it's based on a book or historical era, you might mention how accurate it is to the book and time period. And don't forget to tell how much you liked or disliked it the film and whether you'd recommend it. Consider including film clips, quotes, photos or soundtrack clips in your review too. Overall, just have fun with them!
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