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Yeah it is very good esp the excellent Fiennes. Ive been meaning to watch it again and ditto on the much promised (to our kids) visit to the British museum
We visited the Sutton Hoo site a couple of years back, once it's fully open again it's worth a visit as you get a feel for the site overall and in the house there's are nicely-done displays of photos of Edith Pretty and the others from the time of the excavation.
 
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Watched it a couple of nights ago and thought it was brilliant.
Ralph Fiennes was excellent.

Will make our next trip to the British museum even more interesting.


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I agree, the film is a very good watch. Very well crafted.

Having said that, there was a recent article in the Telegraph entitled: "Archaeologist in Netflix film 'a bumbling sexist caricature". The article basically stated that Netflix had become embroiled in a sexism row after portraying the young female archaeologist Peggy Piggot played by Lilly James, as a "bumbling, deferential, sidekick to her husband". However Rebecca Wragg-Sykes, a leading archaeologist writing in the Times, said that she was by then an extremely experienced excavator. Well all I can say is that when you watch these productions you don't expect them to be completely factually accurate!

We visited Sutton Hoo some years ago with friends and shortly afterwards, the British Museum to see the finds. I found the intricacy of the workmanship in each piece jaw dropping. I'd recommend anyone putting both on their bucket list.
 
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I agree, the film is a very good watch. Very well crafted.

Having said that, there was a recent article in the Telegraph entitled: "Archaeologist in Netflix film 'a bumbling sexist caricature". The article basically stated that Netflix had become embroiled in a sexism row after portraying the young female archaeologist Peggy Piggot played by Lilly James, as a "bumbling, deferential, sidekick to her husband". However Rebecca Wragg-Sykes, a leading archaeologist writing in the Times, said that she was by then an extremely experienced excavator. Well all I can say is that when you watch these productions you don't expect them to be completely factually accurate!

We visited Sutton Hoo some years ago with friends and shortly afterwards, the British Museum to see the finds. I found the intricacy of the workmanship in each piece jaw dropping. I'd recommend anyone putting both on their bucket list.

Terrible modern habit but googled what happened to the photographer when he went off to war. Can’t recall the exact details but the photographer was someone completely different and not a relative.

Nice story though.

Sutton Hoo on our list


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Terrible modern habit but googled what happened to the photographer when he went off to war. Can’t recall the exact details but the photographer was someone completely different and not a relative.

Nice story though.

Sutton Hoo on our list


Mike
Yes, I am always Googling stuff to find out more. I agree, often the scope of the artistic licence used is laid bare by a few key strokes.

Have you watched "White House Farm" on Netflix yet. It is one of those series that you find yourself binge watching in the early hours. I'll say no more except that given your background, I'm sure you would enjoy it. I don't know how accurate a depiction it is though but who cares.
 
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Yes, I am always Googling stuff to find out more. I agree, often the scope of the artistic licence used is laid bare by a few key strokes.

Have you watched "White House Farm" on Netflix yet. It is one of those series that you find yourself binge watching in the early hours. I'll say no more except that given your background, I'm sure you would enjoy it. I don't know how accurate a depiction it is though but who cares.

Thanks we are looking for a new lockdown series.

Will give it a whirl.


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I agree, the film is a very good watch. Very well crafted.

Having said that, there was a recent article in the Telegraph entitled: "Archaeologist in Netflix film 'a bumbling sexist caricature". The article basically stated that Netflix had become embroiled in a sexism row after portraying the young female archaeologist Peggy Piggot played by Lilly James, as a "bumbling, deferential, sidekick to her husband". However Rebecca Wragg-Sykes, a leading archaeologist writing in the Times, said that she was by then an extremely experienced excavator. Well all I can say is that when you watch these productions you don't expect them to be completely factually accurate!

We visited Sutton Hoo some years ago with friends and shortly afterwards, the British Museum to see the finds. I found the intricacy of the workmanship in each piece jaw dropping. I'd recommend anyone putting both on their bucket list.
Maybe, the writer of the Telegraph article needs to relax and understand it was a film not a documentary.
 
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We visited the Sutton Hoo site a couple of years back, once it's fully open again it's worth a visit as you get a feel for the site overall and in the house there's are nicely-done displays of photos of Edith Pretty and the others from the time of the excavation.
It does sound amazing. Its definitely on the 'after lockdown' list. Mind you its a big list :D
 
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Maybe, the writer of the Telegraph article needs to relax and understand it was a film not a documentary.
I agree. Although in fairness, the article did imply that said criticism had originated from third party sources, possibly critic's reviews.

Many of these productions start by saying "based on true events" or something similar which as most people know, really means content might contains some basic facts. The rest of the story is usually either well massaged or completely conjured up to provide entertainment. I don't usually have a major problem with that so long as history isn't completely re-written.
 
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I agree. Although in fairness, the article did imply that said criticism had originated from third party sources, possibly critic's reviews.

Many of these productions start by saying "based on true events" or something similar which as most people know, really means content might contains some basic facts. The rest of the story is usually either well massaged or completely conjured up to provide entertainment. I don't usually have a major problem with that so long as history isn't completely re-written.
Yes I like 'based on true life'-type flicks, or just those with a historical backdrop. They often give me a reason to go and find out a little bit about the real story, even if it's just looking at Wikipedia.
 
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I’m a bit late to this party and can’t remember if Netflix or Prime but I enjoyed these:

Green Book
The Haunting of Blye Manor
Remember
The Siege of Jadotville
The Laundromat
Top of the Lake
The Stranger
Safe
The First of The Few
Ozark
The Conversation (1974)
Unbelievable
Unforgotten
The Fall



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"White House Farm" on Netflix. A gripping series based (don't know how closely), on true events that you may recall.

Very well made.
I watched the first 2 episodes last night and I couldnt stop watching it, nearly squeezed in a 3rd. it is gripping and a great watch. Really quite eerie. Looking forward to more :thumb
 
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Excuse me for going off topic but if you have Amazon Prime here is a peach of a film to try.
"The man in the hat" is a beautifully made and rather quirky film with that feel good factor in spades. It has to be one of the nicest films I've watched in a long while.
 
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I’m a bit late to this party and can’t remember if Netflix or Prime but I enjoyed these:

Green Book
The Haunting of Blye Manor
Remember
The Siege of Jadotville
The Laundromat
Top of the Lake
The Stranger
Safe
The First of The Few
Ozark
The Conversation (1974)
Unbelievable
Unforgotten
The Fall



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Excuse me for going off topic but if you have Amazon Prime here is a peach of a film to try.
"The man in the hat" is a beautifully made and rather quirky film with that feel good factor in spades. It has to be one of the nicest films I've watched in a long while.


Thank you for all those recommendations :)

I feel cheated by this lockdown. Whilst it seems the rest of the planet were doing useful stuff like ironing the inside of the garden shed for the 5th time I have been in a daze since Christmas as I ran into support overload . My phone had not rung so much since the time I advertised Albert for sale at£400 instead of 40,000 pounds,

So, now, time on my hands a brilliant binge-watch coming up. I have only just resubscribed to Netflix, mostly so that Jo can watch "The Crown".
 
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Thank you for all those recommendations :)

I feel cheated by this lockdown. Whilst it seems the rest of the planet were doing useful stuff like ironing the inside of the garden shed for the 5th time I have been in a daze since Christmas as I ran into support overload . My phone had not rung so much since the time I advertised Albert for sale at£400 instead of 40,000 pounds,

So, now, time on my hands a brilliant binge-watch coming up. I have only just resubscribed to Netflix, mostly so that Jo can watch "The Crown".
The Crown is brilliant. A truly sumptuous no expense spared production that whilst being mostly fiction, is a superb unmissable watch.

Btw, "To lose one zero, Mrs Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness." :thumb
 
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The Crown is brilliant. A truly sumptuous no expense spared production that whilst being mostly fiction, is a superb unmissable watch.

Btw, "To lose one zero, Mrs Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness." :thumb

Oh it was truly dreadful!!

I was using a spreadsheet to list all his options and accessories, but posting it in with round pounds whilst my excel equations were doing the same.

I find being an historian really at times inhibits my leisure activities. So difficult to watch "the Crown" type programmes without risking imminent execution by one's other co-watchers by saying "Not true" .... "didn't happen like that"...."Fake history".... etc.

I was once asked by a cinema employee to please be quiet during a showing of "the longest day". Since then if I go to the cinema I have to sit and eat my popcorn on my own.
 
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The Crown is brilliant. A truly sumptuous no expense spared production that whilst being mostly fiction, is a superb unmissable watch.
Yes sod historical accuracy, it's a complete binge fest, loved it. The episode when Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) goes to the White House is completely priceless.
 
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Yes sod historical accuracy, it's a complete binge fest, loved it. The episode when Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) goes to the White House is completely priceless.

I will watch it.

However I have to wait until Jo has finished watching. She refuses to watch any historical drama's with me in the same room.
 
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Oh it was truly dreadful!!

I was using a spreadsheet to list all his options and accessories, but posting it in with round pounds whilst my excel equations were doing the same.

I find being an historian really at times inhibits my leisure activities. So difficult to watch "the Crown" type programmes without risking imminent execution by one's other co-watchers by saying "Not true" .... "didn't happen like that"...."Fake history".... etc.

I was once asked by a cinema employee to please be quiet during a showing of "the longest day". Since then if I go to the cinema I have to sit and eat my popcorn on my own.
As pure entertainment we found the Crown very good binge watching material. I fully understand your predicament though. I imagine that any production with any historic reference is highly likely to fail in your eyes. However, we set a much lower bar. If we are still awake after the first quarter of an hour then the production isn't half bad. Either that or it's so bad that it's compelling viewing. We have a rule that every offering gets five minutes max. If it doesn't grab us in that time it gets gonged off. Most films don't even get off the starting blocks.
 
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As pure entertainment we found the Crown very good binge watching material. I fully understand your predicament though. I imagine that any production with any historic reference is highly likely to fail in your eyes. However, we set a much lower bar. If we are still awake after the first quarter of an hour then the production isn't half bad. Either that or it's so bad that it's compelling viewing. We have a rule that every offering gets five minutes max. If it doesn't grab us in that time it gets gonged off. Most films don't even get off the starting blocks.

I am not so critical of historical films, only when they pretend to be factual. I have worked on a number of productions, my biggest claim to fame being the 5 year update to Ken Burns "the civil war", one of about 20 million editorial assistants,

It's when they get things deliberately wrong in order to better suit the acting style of some hopelessly miscast actor that stirs me up, my public tirade watching the longest day being reserved for the hackneyed script writing just so John Wayne could play Ben Zandervoort, the oldest actor on the set playing the youngest LtColonel to turn up in reality. The equivalent today would be casting Michael Caine as a Prince Charles speaking with a phoney cockney accent.
 

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