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From The Crown to Peaky Blinders, from Bridgerton to Chernobyl, from Game of Thrones to The Queen’s Gambit, historical subjects dominate the big and small screen.
Why do we love historical drama – or love to hate it? How do we reconstruct history on screen? And is it dangerous – does it skew how we view history and even the present?
Hannah Greig and Alex von Tunzelmann have been presenting the History Film Club podcast since 2020, talking to historians and filmmakers about the history on screen they love – and the parts they don’t.
Join them for this special live recording at the Chelsea History Festival 2022 as they talk about how and why we fictionalise our history. Come prepared with your questions!
Hannah Greig is a historian at the University of York and expert in 18th-century British history. She is also a consultant to film and TV whose credits include feature films The Duchess (2008) and The Favourite (2019), as well as TV shows Poldark, Sanditon and Bridgerton.
Alex von Tunzelmann is an internationally bestselling historian and screenwriter whose latest book, Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History, was shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2022. Alex’s screenwriting credits include Churchill (2017) and winner of the Capri TV Series Award in 2016, Medici, Masters of Florence (I Medici).
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