Petticoats and Poppies: History Girls at the Movies is a podcast hosted by Maggie Lovitt and Nicole Ackman. The “history girls” have backgrounds in history, having studied history at university and worked at historic sites in both the US and UK. Now, they're both involved in the film industry, Nicole as a film critic and Maggie as a member of the Screen Actors Guild. They discuss period dramas from the perspective of women who are both non-professional, accessible historians and 'film people.'
Episode 025 - The Brothers Grimm - "Matt Damon's Hair is Grimm"
The History Girls take in a viewing of The Brothers Grimm, the 2005 film directed by Terry Gilliam and staring acting sensation, Matt Damon. From a history perspective, they also look at many of the fairy tales we know today and discuss the differences from their origins. It's an episode about Matt Damon, Snails, and movies Nicole missed that send Maggie over the edge, the way only these ladies can deliver!
Episode 024 - Charlotte Gray - "The Women of SOE"
The History Girls go undercover as they discuss Charlotte Gray, the 2001 film directed by Gillian Armstrong and starring Cate Blanchett. The film follows the fictional character of Charlotte Gray, a member of Britain's Special Operations Executive during World War 2, but Maggie and Nicole also take a historic look at the untold stories of several other woman operatives in the SOE.
Episode 023 - In Secret - "We'd Do It Too, Girl."
In the steamiest episode yet, Maggie and Nicole discuss 2013's In Secret, directed by Charlie Stratton. The ladies look at the movie's historical accuracy throughout and revisit the fan favorite topic of poisons!
Episode 022 - Mudbound - "Black Soldiers in WWII"
In this episode the History Girls take a look at the critically acclaimed film, Mudbound, Dee Rees's 2017 film which takes a deep look into black soldiers during and after World War II. Maggie and Nicole also highlight some of the black veterans who served in the US military and take a look at the lengths costuming went through in order to accurately depict not only the military uniforms but also the everyday clothing worn during this time period.
Episode 021 - Albert Nobbs - "Glenn's Worst Role"
In this episode the ladies take a look at Albert Nobbs, the 2011 film and passion project of Glen Close, directed by Rodrigo Garcia. The film earned Close her third Best Actress Oscar nomination, but how did the girls feel about her performance and why did the film meet with mixed reviews? What was life like for trans women and men in Victorian Britain and who was Dr. James Barry? Join Maggie and Nicole as they celebrate the first anniversary of Petticoats and Poppies with these answers and much more!
Episode 020 - Ammonite - "The Inferior Seaside Lesbian Romance."
In the second romantic themed episode this month, Maggie and Nicole visit the recent, Ammonite, written and directed by Francis Lee and starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.
Join the History Girls as they share their thoughts on how the film shines at times and yet still feels frustratingly short of a being a "good" movie.
The ladies also take a fascinating historic look at the struggles of early female paleontologists, geologists, and scientists and the credit so many of them never received!
Beautiful nerdy podcast
Love the hosts and the topic.
I love learning little tidbits and facts about films... Bundle that with historical periods and you’ve got a fun, interesting, and educational podcast that everyone can learn from. Give it a listen!
Feeds my nerdy soul!
This podcast hits on so many things I love! Classic literature and period pieces in general! I’m a huge nerd for all of these things and it feeds my soul! Thank you ladies for this incredible podcast!