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6 reasons to watch The Colour Room

This Autumn’s hottest new film release comes courtesy of Sky Cinema and it's a corker! A period drama with real punch and passion, here's why you need to make time in your diary or on your sofa to watch it.

1/ Hello Matthew Goode

We’re modern, forward-thinking and totally woke on Muddy so of course we didn’t think for a minute about splattering this feature with multiple images of Matthew Goode (actually, it was more like half an hour). The 40-something hunk, who’s starred in everything from Brideshead to Downton and The Crown, is the UK’s première earnest heart throb – soave and sexy, bristling with repressed English passion, and with the added uncanny ability to look awesome with a clipped period drama ‘tashe. We approve.

2/ Support a strong female team

From left The Colour Room producer, Georgie Paget, writer Claire Peate, director Claire McCarthy and co-producer Thembisa Cochrane

Let’s hear it for the sisterhood. An original commission from Sky, The Colour Room is one of a lamentably small club of films that boasts a female director (Claire McCarthy), writer (Claire Peate – read our interview with her), producers (Thembisa Cochrane and Georgie Paget), and lead character (Phoebe Dynevor). So not only does it tell the story of a feisty woman, but it took a team of them to make it.

3/ Meet the next gen of acting talent  

Casting Phoebe Dynevor (left) and Darci Shaw (right) as sisters is absolute screen genius. Not only are they utterly believable as siblings, but the 26 and 19 year old, respectively, have absolutely nailed the accents, look and vibe of the period, as well as the niggly but ultimately boundless nature of sisterly love.

4/ Check out the coolest artist you’ve never heard of 

Clarice Cliff’s designs were pioneering, daring – and far more colourful than those being produced by competing designers. Her joyful Art Deco style has endured is still highly collectible today. And, as per Cliff’s original intention, there are some pieces that are still relatively affordable – just check out eBay!

5/ Get your period drama fix (with a difference)

Anyone else getting slightly fatigued by the ‘bodice-ripper’ upper class period dramas? Replacing frilled shirts with artists’ smocks and stately homes with factory towers, The Colour Room is drama grounded in the reality of life in Stoke-on-Trent in the early 20th Century – even the beautiful people aren’t over-styled (though let’s be honest, Phoebe Dynevor looks awesome whatever you put her in).

6/ It’s a kick up the backside

Watching the story of Cliff, you can’t fail to be inspired to revisit your goals, pursue your creative side, or bust some glass ceilings. Dynevor portrays a woman who isn’t purely wholesome and gifted, but brave, a little ruthless, and utterly driven. We could all do with a bit of her confidence and sass rubbing off on us ready for 2022, don’t you think?

Want more? Read these:

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