“Downton Abbey” devotees take note, especially if mom's a fan too because here's a Mother's Day Weekend tip for you.
On Saturday, May 10th at 7 p.m. at the Newman Center (90 Broad St, across from SUNY Plattsburgh's Myers Fine Arts), you'll have a rare big-screen opportunity to see the movie whose literary source also gave birth to "Downton Abbey."
1985's "The Shooting Party," starring James Mason and a great cast of British favorites, is based on Isabel Colegate's 1980 novel of the same name, which in turn inspired "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes to dream up his runaway hit TV series.
"The Shooting Party" chronicles a day in the lives of the landed gentry and their servants shortly before World War I breaks out, and parallels with "Downton Abbey" come fast and furious in their own quiet, understated way.
www.forbookssake.net, devoted to books by and for independent women, says: “It seems rather strange, after the large influence Colegate evidently had on Downton Abbey, that few are actually aware of her existence.”
Free and open to everyone, "The Shooting Party" will be presented on good old-fashioned reel-to-reel (16mm) film, not DVD. For more details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org