It’s a new era at DOWNTON ABBEY and in-town to promote the latest Film in the dearly-beloved Franchise are Kevin Doyle, who plays butler Joseph Molesley and Raquel Cassidy who plays maid Phyllis Baxter. Will these two finally seal the deal in this latest chapter after years of flirtation?
In DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA, directed by a returning Simon Curtis, we see a Film Crew wish to make a silent film at Downton and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) decides to stay behind to supervise. Soon we find the staff and Lady Mary growing increasingly invested in this Film, as she befriends director Jack Barber (Hugh Dancy), who struggles to get the project completed, as Silent Films continue to decline in popularity. Meanwhile, Violet (Maggie Smith) who is unwell, learns that she has inherited a villa from a man she once had been romantically-involved with, which opens-up a series of questions, particularly in son Robert (Hugh Bonneville) about his identity. Butler Thomas Barrow (Robert James-Collier) strikes an unexpected friendship with Movie Star Guy Dexter (Dominic West), and Cora Crowley (Elizabeth McGovern) is battling a mysterious illness.
A brand-new Trailer out in time for the Film’s release:
So many juicy story lines, with a generous dash of wit, and also the lingering feeling that times are changing with Downton begins to see some of its gradeur fade. DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA is a pure joy. And believe me, you don’t need to have watched the Series or this Film’s predecessor for that matter to enjoy it!
Doyle and Cassidy did a day of press out of Scotiabank Theatre, where they also surprised fans at a Special Advance Screening of the Film, moderated by our friend Bonnie Laufer. And *Spoiler Alert* they talk about their characters’ relationship together and filming through the Pandemic.
Some Snaps from the evening:
Last week, we were so fortunate to get to attend a Macaron-making class with Toronto institution Le Dolci in celebration of DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA‘s release. Of course, with the Movie being set partly in France, it would only make sense!