South Riding

South Riding

DVD - 2011
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When Sarah Burton returns to her hometown as headmistress, she is full of ambition, determined to create a great school and to inspire her girls to take all they can from life. But in the aftermath of the First World War, the country is in depression and ideals are hard won. Lydia Holly, the scholarship girl from the shacks, is the most brilliant student Sarah has ever taught, but when her mother's health fails, her education must be sacrificed - there is nobody else to care for the children.
Published: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2011.
ISBN: 9780780671430
Branch Call Number: DVD F SOU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (177 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Jun 24, 2018

Terrific cast, well done sets. The BBC usually does a great job with period pieces but couldn't get past the first scene. The character of Sarah Burton in the opening was redolent of very modern sensibilities, not believable for that time and place. Others were so readily identifiable as to be caricatures, and the combination really inhibited engagement.

May 15, 2015

Enjoyable mini series!

xaipe Dec 14, 2014

If you haven't had enough cotted cream and stiff upper lips here comes another Masterpiece drama for the holidays. The good thing about this one is that it's an antidote to all the pomp and teacups of D.A. The story is set between the wars and depicts both wealthy landowners and the Dickensian poverty of Yorkshire shanty towns. There are only 3 one-hour episodes, but they are packed with low key drama and truly excellent acting and script writing. Anna Maxwell Martin, little known in the US, is excellent as the new school teacher who sees the glint of promise in the grit of a decrepit, moldering school for girls. I really enjoyed every minute of this short drama, and highly recommend it.

Apr 15, 2014

Another very enjoyable period piece from the BBC. Anna Maxwell Martin is mesmerizing as a feisty headmistress in post-WWI Britain. Good perspective to contemporary women's rights, freedoms and opportunities.

Apr 12, 2014

Rated 8/10.

Dec 09, 2013

Enjoyed this Masterpiece Theatre movie. Part of it shows what it is like to be poor.

Sep 23, 2013

Good actors and acting. Good cinematography. However, the story line is too dark and depressing.

Jul 04, 2013

This time, I'm following a different procedure: first seeing the T.V. adaptation, then reading the book. So far, this is a well-acted and realistic, but overly familiar story of a depressed, isolated village. And naturally, Miss Interference comes to town, to get everyone out of their ruts and generally mix up the plot. I'm as much of a romantic as anybody (and think that David Morrissey is hot stuff) but given their differences, the lead characters get together too easily. But maybe there isn't much else to do in Yorkshire, once you run out of money, and your horse dies. The series has some unsubtle moments. For example, the sprightly socialist schoolteacher goes to her job interview in a bright red ensemble. How unlike her dowdy, reactionary peers. One odd choice: the actor hired to play the "young" version of Morrissey's character is only slightly younger than Morrissey himself. They could have put the money towards, say, renting more than one vintage car for the production.

Froster Oct 01, 2012

Everything the Beeb does well is in place: plucky heroine, period sets and costumes, noble causes, gossipy villagers, feminist sensibility. What went wrong? A too-easy reliance on hoary “romance novel” tropes that go all the way back to the Brontes, as well as character types that go all the way back to Dickens. This piece is at once too sloppy and too tidy, and is far too manipulative for its own good. A real disappointment.

Sep 18, 2012

"South Riding" looks at a community in England between the two world wars and is set in 1934. Our main character is an outspoken thirty something teacher, Sarah Burton, who takes the job as headmistress of the all girls community school. She is for peace and modernizing the girls education so finds herself in conflict with some on the Council Board who oversee the school. This series tackles some major issues: political corruption, socialism vs. conservatism, institutionalizing of the mentally ill, women's changing roles, who gets access to good education and who doesn't and more.
Sarah has a romantic interest. A brooding upper class married man who harbours a terrible secret. He seems very much a Bronte type hero-riding his horse across the moors and even has a "mad" wife locked away. She also has a "good guy" socialist after her. The aftermath of the First World War on all levels of English society is referred to many times . "South Riding" would be a good mini film fest. paired with "The Shooting Party" which looked at the upper class in England just before the First World War. Anyways, this three part series is well worth watching.

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