Is it just me, or is this woman in everything these days? She’s only 24, but she’s already massed a list of historical films that shows no sign of stopping any time soon. I figured if we don’t get on top of her repertoire now, we will be doing extra work in the coming years, because she shows no sign of stopping any time soon!
A preamble to the immensely popular and long-running British mystery show Inspector Morse, this show focuses on Morse’s early years in the 1960s, and marks Anya Taylor-Joy’s first documented historical film.
Viking Quest (2015)
I don’t know anything about this film, but I think it’s just shot to the top of my list of films to review for next month’s Snark Week. In this photo, her costume looks actually pretty good, historically speaking, but the rest of of the shots I’ve seen from the movie look highly sus.
The Witch (2015)
We reviewed this one a while back, but I still haven’t seen it. However, I will point out that it’s some of the most historically accurate early 17th-c. costumes of the non-elite class yet seen on film.
Ok, so this is quasi-historical, and definitely more fantasy than not.
Not the show called “Barry” I was thinking about when I saw this entry, and also not a character in a show that is pre-1969, but I wanted to include this role anyway. Anya plays Barack Obama’s college girlfriend, Charlotte, in this biopic about America’s 44th President. This character appears in the early 1980s.
A ghost story set in the late 1960s. Anya plays the love interest of the main character, played by George McKay.
The Miniaturist (2017)
If The Witch was the most historically accurate 17th-century non-elite costuming I’ve seen on film, The Miniaturist is the most historically accurate elite costuming I’ve seen on film. Based on Jessie Burton’s acclaimed novel with exquisite costuming by Frock Flicks favorite, Joanna Eatwell.
Playing Marie Curie’s eldest daughter in this biopic, specifically when the pair work to bring radiology to battlefield hospitals in World War I.
Peaky Blinders (2019)
You have no idea how much I want to like this show, but I just find the ridiculous levels of gratuitous violence almost cringeworthy.
A total eye-candy flick. Everyone loves to hate Emma Wodehouse, and Anya Taylor-Joy does a great job making the objectively awful Emma relatable and endearing.
The Queen’s Gambit (2020)
I. Loved. This. Show. Seriously, I encourage anyone looking for a gripping, but not emotionally intensive binge-watch right now to sit down and try it. I don’t think you will regret it.
Anya Taylor-Joy has two more shows coming down the pike in the next year, Last Night in SoHo (2021) which is set in the late 1960s, and The Northman (no release date yet), which the IMDB entry says is “a Viking revenge saga set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century.” We will obviously keep you posted as to when these flicks drop!
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