I have some exciting news to share. My youngest brother, Luke, has worked on a project for four years now and I’m thrilled to announce his first feature documentary, Lord Montagu, is showing at two international film festivals this spring. I couldn’t be more proud!
I recognize I’m biased since Luke is family, but Lord Montagu is one of the most brilliant and beautiful documentaries I’ve seen in many years. The storytelling is compelling, the cinematography is stunning and it’s all wrapped in beautiful music.
So who is Lord Montagu? A nobleman who lost his father at an early age, he was one of the youngest members of parliament and sole heir to his family’s estate. His life was rich and privileged, but in 1954 he became the focus of a national scandal that changed his life forever and set him on course to be one of England’s most controversial and iconic aristocrats.
The film documents a man who didn’t let scandal define him, but instead rose up and saved his family’s estate through hard work, innovation, and perseverance. If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, you’ll love this film. It includes beautiful scenery, music, and a fascinating story line. After watching it, I wanted to book a ticket to Beaulieu immediately and still hope to visit the palace sometime in the near future.
(Appropriate for ages 13 and up)
If you’re going to be in the Dallas or Cleveland areas in April, you can purchase tickets for the Dallas International Film Festival screening here and ticket for the Cleveland International Film Festival here.
I thought it fitting to include a British classic for this post. These scones are buttery and light, and are meant to be eaten with a fork. The dollops of cream and lemon curd add the final chorus and complete this delicacy.
Lord Montagu, Palace and Garden credit: Phillip Glickman – used with permission.
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