Archive for July, 2010

And even more “Behind the Scenes of Garrow’s Law”

While we usually admire the elegance of 18th century gentlemen’s fashion here, it would be a crime not to share the pictures of actress Eileen Young, an extremely cute young lady with you. She looks absolutely perfect in 18th century’s garb; my compliments to the casting department.

“‘T WAS A BARGAIN AT THE MILLINER’S!”

SPRING FASHION 1782

FULL LENGTH SHOT

Before anybody complains about “too much make-up”: you’ll need tons of it when you’re in front of a camera, or you’ll look like you’ve just been visited by your friendly neighbourhood vampire (the non-sparkly variety, I hasten to add).

Also, make-up in the 18th century wasn’t exactly what I’d call restrained

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16 July, 2010 at 9:49 am 1 comment

PotC goes Lego: “Pirates of the Caribbean – the Lego Movie”

Media fans are often very dedicated to their hobby, and many of them are amazingly creative. That’s a great thing, because it means we all get more mileage out of a movie or a TV show. And if you’ve ever suffered through “Pirates of the Caribbean: At Wits End”, you’ve learned to appreciate the quality of fan movies.

Philippe Vergauwen is the name of one such fan, and he’s worked 1.5 years on the Lego-version of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (the first half of the movie, that is). And while he skipped some key scenes, he did include all our beloved naval gentlemen. So you can enjoy Commodore Norrington, Lt. Gillette and Lt. Groves all Lego-shaped! Plus Mullroy and Murtogg, of course.

Oddly enough, Lt. Gillette starts out as a marine, and the Admiralty would probably not have approved of stubbles and moustache, but eh, Commodore Norrington isn’t a good role model there, so we’ll let it slip.

Mr. Gillette has a mid-scene uniform change on his way to the Dauntless, but it looks like he’s lost his razor. Maybe Lt. Wilkinson could have helped him out there.

We all know that this won’t end well for our hero…

Commodore Norrington and Lt. Groves watch the goings-on aboard the Dauntless with great suspicion. Also, Mr. Groves seems to be the only one in the Royal Navy who owns a razor blade.

“… and then the Interceptor sailed into the sunset…”

This is great fun, and just the right distraction in this heat (it’s 38° here, the asphalt is melting and so am I). Compliments to Philippe and thanks for sharing!

You can watch the videos on youtube:

PART I

PART II

PART III

Have fun!

14 July, 2010 at 11:10 am 4 comments

On the set of “Garrow’s Law”

Keep your  fans and sal volatile bottles within reach, dear friends. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we can catch a first glimpse of the costumes on the set of “Garrow’s Law”, second series. And the extras who are wearing them, of course.

ON THE SET OF GARROW’S LAW

For a self-confessed misanthrope, young Master Larkin is very generous when it comes to sharing pictures. Ah, I shan’t be the one to complain. And as I’m of a kind nature, I won’t shatter the illusions of dandyism, though it’s clear to see that we’re dealing with Fops and Macaronis here. Which is far preferable, in terms of entertainment! Could we have some Mollies now as well, please?

I’m most delighted, my friends; ‘t is surpassing my expectations by far!

And – good grief! Did I just spot dashing young gentlemen in red uniforms?
Dashing young gentlemen in blue ones would be preferable, of course…!

Bring on series two, I say, and there better be a lot of Garrow in a velvet coat!

Edit: looks like I linked to the wrong entry. Fixed now, sorry! And thanks for the heads-up.

And as we’re already talking about Macaronis – Emma Collingwood has guestblogged for The Macaronis; you can read her article here:

Saucy, Rude and Crude: The 18th Century Chapbook

Comments are always welcome.

9 July, 2010 at 7:32 am Leave a comment

TV/Screencaps: Andrew Buchan in “Jane Eyre”

Hot, hot, hot. No, not Andrew Buchan in “Jane Eyre”; I’m talking about the weather. 36°!  Please send very cold thoughts the way of crew and cast of “Garrow’s Law” next week. Those poor souls have to put on robes, coats and wigs; they’ll probably melt within two minutes.

Now, who could possibly do serious research under such conditions? Not me. So, rather than a book review or interesting facts about the mating-rites of dungbeetles in the 18th century, here are some screencaps of Andrew Buchan as St. John Rivers in the 2006 adaptation of “Jane Eyre”.

Confession-time of a literature ignoramus: I don’t like “Jane Eyre”. It was one of the least-liked books of my childhood, though I couldn’t tell you what irks me so much about the story. Too much suffering and tearful gazes, I suppose – the character I liked best was Rochester’s dog, and I felt sorry for his wife. I guess I missed the point.

Anyway.

“Jane Eyre” was a BBC mini series, in which Andrew Buchan played the uptight missionary St. John Rivers. He does so with all the awkwardness and sad beagle looks that the role requires. Aidan McArdle is in there somewhere as well, so it’s almost a small “Garrow’s Law” meeting.

Unfortunately Ruth Wilson (who plays Jane Eyre) bears a truly uncanny resemblance to James D’Arcy, so all I could think while taking caps was:

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2 July, 2010 at 1:25 pm 3 comments


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