New Worlds 2014

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In England, the restored monarchy of Charles II has betrayed its promises and reverted to tyranny. Behind the decadence of the Court, a terror machine is repressing the freedoms won for the people during England’s bloody civil war. In America, the tentacles of state terror reach the colonists but they, themselves, are ruthlessly stalking their claim to the territories occupied by the native American Indians in a chilling echo of the tyrannical behaviour they seek to escape. Against this turbulent backdrop, four young people - Beth, Hope, Abe and Ned – struggle to choose between love and ideals in the harsh reality of the changing world.

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 20 minutes
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 19 May 2014
Main languages English

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I first placed a version of this here early to alert anyone who doesn't know already that it follows on from 'The Devil's Whore' by taking up the story more than 20 years later. There are connections between some of these characters and the characters of that piece who belong to the previous generation. Angelica Fanshawe appears again but played by a different actress (who unfortunately looks nothing like the original actress). The real historical individual called Edward Sexby, and who was the hero of of the earlier series, ended up in the Tower of London, (where he died) for plotting to assassinate Oliver Cromwell having come to believe him a tyrant because he has destroyed as a political force the Levellers, the true revolutionaries of the Civil War, along with Sexby's friend the famous Leveller John Lilburne. In The Devil's Whore' Sexby commits suicide before he can be arrested. We appear to be encouraged to think that Beth is Sexby's daughter (she was left pregnant after Sexby's death) but it is never explained how Angelica has met and come to marry her current husband a devout Catholic, especially when we consider that she renounced God at the beginning of 'The Devil's Whore', albeit as a child (but since this is a constructed drama we have a right to understand her character in this way from then on). Angelica to all intents and purposes is a totally different personality since Flannery and Brant seem to have completely redrawn her character for this new story. Her daughter Beth on the other hand is very much more like the old Angelica Fanshawe.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Stewart on 8 July 2014
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From the first frames, where a New England colonist outpost is being stormed by native Indians, "New Worlds" grips you by the throat and the heart and doesn't let go for 4 episodes of tense, emotionally charged drama. It's a story on an epic scale, told through the lives of young idealists fighting repressive autocracy and played out between the England of Charles II and his colonial dependencies in the New World. It takes you on a journey through hope and despair, through joy and anguish and tears, into a world three centuries ago which is familiar today as we watch our freedoms being eroded by the reaction of the state to terrorism. Who said you can't inform as well as entertain?

We think of Charles II as the Merry Monarch, carousing with his mistresses, and the Restoration as an age of excess and debauchery, and it's true that for a while after Charles Stuart's return in 1660, freed from Puritan strictures the theatre burst into flower, the new science flourished and the first political parties emerged. But by 1680, when "New Worlds" opens, the merriment masked a darker, more vicious reality. Fears that Charles' Roman Catholic brother, James, would succeed to the throne opened old religious schisms and fanned the embers of republican idealism. Charles' response was ruthless. In an escalating battle to win public support, both the King and his Whig opponents whipped up an atmosphere of anxiety and suspicion. All who refused to conform were targeted, especially Roman Catholics, who were cast much like terrorists today. There followed such intense persecution that the final years of Charles' reign became one of the most repressive periods ever known in English history.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maria Elena Rossi on 7 Jun 2014
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I was not aware of the struggle for Independence of Massachusetts from the rules of the UK during the 1600s.
The history of Great Britain is very involved as far as kings, changing at the drop of a hat and at times difficult to understand. In this film it becomes clear how terrible the life of the poor people really was, how a word said to the wrong person could get your head chopped off and your body quartered, how the killing of the Indians was a sport and how many people took advantage of their position in society on both sides of the ocean to kill, rob and maim.
The film is put together moving between the two Continents and keeping a thread steady so that the two parts come together very well. The acting is very good and so is the direction. A very interesting way to learn facts of history.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joan, manchester on 1 Aug 2014
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This was ok to watch, but I thought it a little slow. The trailer was more interesting.. it has references to "Kings whore" which was much more interesting and exciting..
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By vaughan jones on 15 Jun 2014
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A really enjoyable DVD cannot fault in anyway will order from again in the future a perfect gift or a good added to DVD collection
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