Film Review: Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

By Louise Gay Amid a resurgence of interest for peplum and the rise of medieval fantasy movies in the early 2000s, the director Ridley Scott, after having conquered the world with Gladiator, returned to the historical drama genre with Kingdom of Heaven in 2005. Set in the late twelfth century, the film proposed a veryContinue reading “Film Review: Kingdom of Heaven (2005)”

Global Queenship in Disney’s Pocahontas (1995) and Moana (2016)

By Amy Saunders and Johanna Strong **Please note that this post includes discussion of racial slurs, including historical terms our followers may find offensive.** Disney has long been synonymous with princesses, but rarely have their films meaningfully approached the topic of female rule as a theme. When they do, in films such as Pocahontas (1995)Continue reading “Global Queenship in Disney’s Pocahontas (1995) and Moana (2016)”

King George III and Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Netflix’s Bridgerton

By Amy-Jane Humphries In 2022, Bridgerton returned to Netflix to popular acclaim. The role of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of Great Britain was once again masterfully played by Golda Rosheuvel, who expertly balances the queen’s performative frivolity with the fragility that lay at the heart of the monarchy, within the royal marriage itself. While QueenContinue reading “King George III and Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Netflix’s Bridgerton”

No Reign: Mary, Queen of Scots on Screen

By Jessica Storoschuk Mary, Queen of Scots has remained a popular historical figure in the centuries since her death and remains so to this day. She has appeared in countless television shows and feature films, both as a protagonist and as a secondary character. Despite leading Scotland in a politically turbulent period (both internally andContinue reading “No Reign: Mary, Queen of Scots on Screen”

Girls on Film: On-Screen Depictions of Queens in Warfare

By Catherine Capel Queens have been brought to life on the screen for many decades, highlighting their turbulent and enigmatic reigns and portraying key themes analysed within queenship studies – reception of female power and rulership, succession crises, sexuality, and motherhood to name but a few. But warfare as an aspect of queenship has notContinue reading “Girls on Film: On-Screen Depictions of Queens in Warfare”