6 C
Madrid
Saturday, December 5, 2020

‘The Luminaries’ Review: A Sprawling, Period Adventure Set Down Under

The BBC miniseries follows a young adventurer named Anna Wetherall who travels from the United Kingdom to start a new life on the South Island's West Coast, situated in New Zealand, at the height of the gold rush

Must read

Freedom Of Press Under Threat, Patricia Mukhim Raises Concern

INDIA: Patricia Mukhim is a writer, journalist, social activist, and the editor of the Shillong Times. She is known for writing articles...

Deaf Community Faces Further Barriers To Communication During COVID-19

UNITED STATES. Rochester, New York: Home to the largest per capita population of Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) people in America,...

Jaipur Pink Panthers Coach Talks About Success And Failure Ahead Of Release Of Amazon Original Docuseries

INDIA: Amazon Prime Video upcoming docuseries, Sons of the Soil: Jaipur Pink Panthers takes us on the gritting journey of the team...

Philippine President Duterte Continues To Ashew Domestic Response To COVID-19 And Recent Typhoon Destruction

PHILIPPINES. Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has brought the country into more controversies. Besides the COVID-19 pandemic, a series of storms have...
Murtaza Ali Khan
Murtaza Ali Khan
Executive Director of Transcontinental Times, Murtaza Ali Khan is a noted film critic and journalist. He can be reached at murtaza.jmi@gmail.com.

I recently stumbled upon the new BBC drama titled ‘The Luminaries’, which is a joint British and Kiwi production. An adaptation of the 2013 Booker Prize-winning novel by Eleanor Catton, the miniseries centers around a young adventurer named Anna Wetherall, who travels from the United Kingdom to start a new life on the South Island’s West Coast, situated in New Zealand, at the height of the gold rush. The Luminaries is directed by Claire McCarthy, the Australian writer-director known for films such as Ophelia, Little Hands, and The Waiting City.

Eva Green as Lydia Wells in ‘The Luminaries’

The Luminaries is set in the year 1866 and so it is practically a Western saga set in the southern hemisphere. But it is also so much more. There is a murder mystery at the heart of it. And its cleverly crafted nonlinear narrative raises the level of suspense to another level. Also, there are dangerous levels of racism and misogyny prevalent in this treacherous world, which is inhabited by shifty fortune tellers, quixotic treasure hunters, duplicitous traders, friendly aborigines, damsels in distress and chivalrous men, and replete with all the charming coquetry and opium galore.

A still from ‘The Luminaries’
- Advertisement -

The Luminaries is a very complex novel and so adapting it into a miniseries was never going to be an easy task. Fortunately, the author herself was assigned the task of adapting the novel into the six episode miniseries and she seems to have done a solid job with the material. While cutting down heavily on the source material to the point of creating something very different, Catton still succeeds in keeping alive the novel’s epic quality, attention to period detail, sprawling appeal as well as the mystery and intrigue that makes the Booker Prize-winning novel what it is.

Eve Hewson in a still from ‘The Luminaries’

A character-driven show like The Luminaries depends on performances. And the ensemble cast led by Eve Hewson doesn’t disappoint. As Anna Wetherall, Eve Hewson brings a certain vulnerability to her portrayal of a damsel in distress that that adds conviction to her character as we are introduced to it. And as we get to learn more about Anna we begin to ask ourselves if she is really a damsel in distress, after all? For, she proves herself capable of holding her fort even under the most dire circumstances. Her enchanting beauty, grit and gumption are reminiscent of some of the most memorable Western heroines that we have come across over the last century.

Eva Green walking the beach in The Luminaries
Eva Green in a still from ‘The Luminaries’
- Advertisement -

Anna is pitted against a worthy adversary in form of Lydia Wells, essayed by none other than Eva Green. Lydia is an opportunist of the highest order but she is a survivor and knows what it takes to call the shots in a man’s world. Green is in the phase of her career wherein she is happy to play character roles that give her scope to try out new things. Lydia is not a likeable character by any means but every time Green is on screen one just can’t take one’s eyes off her. Hewson and Green are well supported by Marton Csokas, Ewen Leslie, Himesh Patel and the rest of the cast. Credit goes to director Claire McCarthy for overcoming budgetary constraints (as evident from the rather dim albeit moody lighting which all but spoils the party) to deliver a show that does what it’s supposed to do—take us on an escapist adventure down under.

Rating: 8/10

More articles

531 COMMENTS

  1. Heya! I realize this is kind of off-topic but I had to ask.
    Does managing a well-established blog such as yours take
    a massive amount work? I’m brand new to running a blog however I do write in my journal every day.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can share my own experience and views online.
    Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for
    new aspiring bloggers. Thankyou!

    My blog post – Shark Lean Review

  2. I precisely wanted to thank you very much once more.
    I do not know what I might have handled without the aspects revealed by you directly on such subject
    matter. It had been an absolute intimidating concern in my opinion, but
    being able to view your specialized manner you resolved that took me to weep over joy.
    I’m happier for this work and as well , hope you really know what a powerful job you are always doing teaching the others
    through the use of your site. I am sure you haven’t encountered all of us.

    Also visit my web site … http://mysticstyleserum.com/

  3. Great goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and
    you’re just too great. I actually like what you’ve acquired
    here, certainly like what you are saying and the way in which you say it.
    You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it wise.

    I can’t wait to read much more from you. This is actually a wonderful
    site.

    Here is my web blog; Watt Pro Energy Saver

  4. I have been exploring for a little for any high-quality articles or weblog posts on this sort of house
    . Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this website.
    Studying this info So i am glad to show that I’ve a very just right uncanny feeling I discovered just
    what I needed. I such a lot certainly will make certain to
    do not forget this site and give it a glance regularly.

    Visit my homepage :: http://nulavance.org/

  5. Howdy! I understand this is somewhat off-topic but I
    had to ask. Does building a well-established website such as yours require a
    massive amount work? I’m completely new to writing a blog however I
    do write in my diary on a daily basis. I’d like to
    start a blog so I can easily share my own experience
    and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any
    kind of ideas or tips for new aspiring blog owners. Thankyou!

    Also visit my blog post: Novum Keto Reviews

  6. hey there and thank you for your information – I have certainly picked up anything new from right
    here. I did however expertise some technical points using this site, as I experienced to reload the
    website many times previous to I could get it to load correctly.
    I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK?
    Not that I am complaining, but slow loading instances times will very frequently affect your placement in google
    and could damage your high quality score if advertising and marketing
    with Adwords. Well I am adding this RSS to my e-mail and could look out for a lot more of your
    respective intriguing content. Ensure that you update this again very soon..

    My site http://ascensionketo.org/

  7. Heya excellent blog! Does running a blog like this require a lot of work?
    I have virtually no knowledge of computer programming however I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyway, if
    you have any suggestions or techniques for new
    blog owners please share. I know this is off subject however I just had to ask.

    Appreciate it!

    My blog post :: Keto Lyte

  8. What you typed made a ton of sense. However,
    what about this? suppose you added a little information? I
    am not suggesting your information is not good, however
    suppose you added a headline that grabbed people’s attention? I mean 'The Luminaries'
    Review: A Sprawling, Period Adventure Set Down Under | Transcontinental Times is a little boring.
    You might look at Yahoo’s front page and see how they write
    post headlines to get people to click. You might add a related video or a related picture or two to get people excited about what you’ve written. Just my opinion, it would bring your posts a little livelier.

    Here is my blog … http://dermafilcream.org/

  9. Greetings from Carolina! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided
    to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break.
    I enjoy the knowledge you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m amazed at how quick your blog loaded on my cell phone ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, very good site!

    Feel free to surf to my blog post; http://beauserum.com/

  10. What i do not realize is if truth be told how you are now not really much more smartly-favored than you might be right now.
    You’re very intelligent. You know thus considerably in terms of
    this subject, produced me in my view consider it from numerous various angles.
    Its like men and women are not interested unless it is one
    thing to do with Lady gaga! Your personal stuffs nice. All the time take care of it up!

    my blog post :: http://activefinesseketoblend.net/

  11. Can I just say what a comfort to discover a person that actually understands what they
    are discussing on the internet. You certainly realize how
    to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people ought to check this
    out and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you
    are not more popular because you definitely possess the
    gift.

    Feel free to visit my web-site http://ketofabdiet.com/

  12. Undeniably consider that which you stated. Your favourite
    justification seemed to be at the web the simplest factor to be mindful of.
    I say to you, I definitely get irked at the same time as other people consider issues
    that they just do not recognize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest
    and outlined out the whole thing without having side effect , other folks could take a signal.
    Will probably be again to get more. Thanks!

    Here is my web blog Bella Face Cream

  13. Thank you for sharing superb informations. Your web-site is
    very cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this blog.

    It reveals how nicely you understand this subject.
    Bookmarked this website page, will come back for extra articles.
    You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the information I already searched everywhere and simply couldn’t come across.
    What a perfect web-site.

    Feel free to visit my web site – Pure Green Valley CBD Oil Review

  14. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew
    of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my
    newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite
    some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look
    forward to your new updates.

    My site … http://thecoinlife.org/

  15. I seldom drop responses, but i did a few searching and wound up
    here 'The Luminaries' Review: A Sprawling,
    Period Adventure Set Down Under | Transcontinental Times.
    And I do have a couple of questions for you if you don’t mind.
    Could it be only me or does it seem like a few of these responses come
    across as if they are written by brain dead visitors?
    😛 And, if you are posting at other sites, I would like to follow everything
    fresh you have to post. Would you make a list
    of every one of all your public pages like your Facebook page,
    twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

    My blog … http://kleanketo.org/

  16. Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The text in your content seem to be running off the screen in Internet explorer.
    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with
    browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.

    The layout look great though! Hope you get the problem solved
    soon. Many thanks

    Here is my blog: Kanna Leaf CBD

  17. Excellent goods from you, man. I’ve understand
    your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely excellent.
    I really like what you’ve acquired here, really like what you’re stating and the way in which you say it.
    You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it sensible.
    I cant wait to read far more from you. This is really
    a wonderful website.

    Here is my webpage – Vialix Reviews

  18. Greetings I am so happy I found your blog page, I really found you
    by mistake, while I was looking on Google for something else,
    Regardless I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a marvelous post and
    a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don?t have time to read through it all at the moment but I have book-marked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up
    the great jo.

    My web blog … Doorgaan

  19. hey there and thank you for your info ? I have definitely picked up anything new from right here.
    I did however expertise some technical issues using this website, as I experienced to reload the website a lot of times
    previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if
    your web hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, but slow loading instances times will often affect your placement in google
    and can damage your high quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords.
    Anyway I am adding this RSS to my email and could look out for a lot
    more of your respective interesting content. Ensure that you update this again soon..

    Also visit my website http://legride.com/UserProfile/tabid/61/userId/5296386/Default.aspx

  20. First off I want to say excellent blog! I had a quick question which I’d
    like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.
    I’ve had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there.
    I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally wasted simply just trying
    to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or
    tips? Thank you!

    Have a look at my blog – [ПЕРЕЙТИ]

  21. Hi there! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog.
    Is it difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal
    but I can figure things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about
    setting up my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have
    any tips or suggestions? Thanks

    Also visit my homepage – https://www.nauticaltrips.com/3-answer-why-you-have-man-boobs-and-the-right-way-to-get-rid-of-them/

  22. I wanted to check up and let you know how , a great deal I cherished discovering your
    blog today. I will consider it the honor to work at my place of work and be
    able to make use of the tips shared on your web-site and also engage in visitors’ remarks like this.
    Should a position involving guest writer become on offer at your end, remember to let me know.

    my site; https://wiki.framealbum.com/index.php/User:IsisGrenier585

  23. I want to show thanks to the writer for bailing me out of
    this trouble. After surfing around through the the net and finding
    tips which were not productive, I thought my
    entire life was over. Being alive without the strategies to the difficulties you’ve fixed as a result of your entire review is a critical case,
    and those which may have badly damaged my career if I hadn’t
    discovered your blog post. Your actual natural talent and kindness in touching all areas was precious.
    I am not sure what I would have done if I had not come upon such a step like this.
    I am able to now relish my future. Thanks very much for this
    specialized and amazing help. I will not hesitate to propose the website to any person who ought to have recommendations about this issue.

    my web blog: Bypass login…

  24. This is the perfect blog for anyone who would like to find
    out about this topic. You know so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need to?HaHa).
    You certainly put a fresh spin on a subject that’s been written about for
    ages. Excellent stuff, just great!

    my web page; Back

  25. Heya! I understand this is kind of off-topic however
    I had to ask. Does building a well-established website such as yours
    take a lot of work? I am brand new to running a
    blog but I do write in my diary on a daily basis. I’d like to start a blog
    so I can share my personal experience and thoughts online.
    Please let me know if you have any kind of recommendations or tips for new aspiring bloggers.
    Thankyou!

    Review my web site :: NOX Male Enhancement Review

  26. Good site! I truly love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well
    written. I am wondering how I might be notified when a
    new post has been made. I have subscribed to your RSS which must do the trick!
    Have a nice day!

    Here is my site; .

  27. My spouse and i were really happy that Raymond managed to do
    his analysis because of the precious recommendations
    he grabbed from your own site. It is now and again perplexing to simply be offering methods
    that some people might have been making money from.

    And we also take into account we need the
    website owner to give thanks to for that. These illustrations you’ve made, the easy
    site menu, the friendships you can aid to promote – it is everything wonderful, and it’s really aiding our son in addition to the family do
    think that subject is excellent, and that’s extremely essential.

    Many thanks for the whole lot!

    Review my blog Home Cash Sites

  28. Howdy I am so glad I found your blog page, I really found you by accident, while I was researching on Bing for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just
    like to say thanks for a marvelous post and a all round exciting blog (I also
    love the theme/design), I don?t have time to read it all
    at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I
    have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the awesome work.

    Feel free to visit my webpage – VidaGenex CBD Oil Review

  29. hey there and thank you for your information ?

    I?ve definitely picked up something new from right here.
    I did however expertise a few technical issues using this site, since I experienced to
    reload the website lots of times previous to I could get it to load correctly.
    I had been wondering if your web host is OK? Not that
    I’m complaining, but slow loading instances times will sometimes affect your placement in google
    and could damage your high quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords.

    Well I?m adding this RSS to my email and could
    look out for a lot more of your respective interesting content.
    Ensure that you update this again very soon..

    Look at my page – VidaGenex Keto

  30. I usually do not drop a lot of comments, but i did a few searching and wound
    up here 'The Luminaries' Review: A Sprawling, Period
    Adventure Set Down Under | Transcontinental
    Times. And I do have a couple of questions for you if you do not mind.
    Is it just me or does it look like some of these remarks appear as if they are left by brain dead
    visitors? 😛 And, if you are writing at additional online sites, I would like
    to follow everything new you have to post. Would you
    list of every one of your communal sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed,
    or linkedin profile?

    my blog http://vidagenexcbd.net/

  31. Hey would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with?
    I’m planning to start my own blog in the near
    future but I’m having a difficult time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your layout seems
    different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely
    unique. P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had
    to ask!

    Also visit my homepage – http://blauxportableac.net/

  32. I do not know whether it’s just me or if everyone
    else encountering problems with your website.
    It looks like some of the written text in your posts are running off the screen.
    Can somebody else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them too?
    This may be a issue with my internet browser because I’ve had this happen previously.

    Many thanks

    My website – Super Slim Keto Diet

  33. I became honored to receive a call from a friend immediately he found
    out the important recommendations shared in your site.
    Browsing your blog write-up is a real great experience.

    Thank you for taking into account readers just like me, and I want
    for you the best of achievements for a professional in this surface area.

    Feel free to surf to my webpage – Keto Low

  34. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author for your site.
    You have some really good posts and I think I would be a good asset.

    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
    Please blast me an email if interested. Cheers!

    Stop by my homepage; Keto One Pill

  35. I have been exploring for a little bit for any high quality articles or blog posts on this sort of area .
    Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this site.
    Reading this information So i am happy to show that I’ve an incredibly good uncanny feeling I found out just
    what I needed. I so much unquestionably will make certain to
    do not overlook this website and provides it a glance
    on a continuing basis.

    Also visit my blog :: http://pureleaforiginscbd.com/

  36. Definitely believe that which you stated. Your favorite reason seemed to be
    on the net the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you,
    I certainly get irked while people consider worries that they just do not know about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out
    the whole thing without having side-effects
    , people could take a signal. Will probably be back
    to get more. Thanks

    my blog: KnightWood Review

  37. Thanks for your marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you can be a great author.
    I will make sure to bookmark your blog and may come back in the
    future. I want to encourage one to continue your great posts,
    have a nice holiday weekend!

    Take a look at my web-site; Scholl

  38. I comment each time I appreciate a post on a site or if I
    have something to valuable to contribute to the discussion. Usually it’s caused by
    the sincerness displayed in the post I looked at.

    And after this post 'The Luminaries' Review:
    A Sprawling, Period Adventure Set Down Under | Transcontinental Times.

    I was excited enough to drop a thought 🙂 I do have 2 questions for you if it’s allright.
    Could it be just me or does it seem like some of the
    responses appear as if they are written by brain dead people?
    😛 And, if you are posting on other social sites, I would like
    to follow you. Would you list all of all your social sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

    my website … Enermize Reviews

  39. I have to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this blog.
    I really hope to view the same high-grade content by you in the future as well.
    In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me
    to get my own website now 😉

    Also visit my blog post Herzog

  40. I wanted to send a quick remark to be able to appreciate you for all the
    amazing tricks you are showing at this website. My time intensive
    internet search has at the end of the day been honored with reasonable facts
    and strategies to write about with my best friends.

    I ‘d assume that most of us site visitors are unquestionably endowed
    to live in a magnificent network with many marvellous people with very
    beneficial tactics. I feel really fortunate to have
    used your entire website page and look forward to so many more fun minutes
    reading here. Thank you once more for all the details.

    Here is my blog Advanced GlucaFix

  41. Thank you for your site post. Thomas and I are actually saving
    for our new e book on this subject and your writing has made
    us all to save money. Your thoughts really resolved all our problems.
    In fact, over what we had thought of ahead of the time we came across your wonderful
    blog. I actually no longer have doubts and a troubled mind because you have completely attended to our needs above.

    Thanks

    My blog post: Vitrexotin Pills

  42. I absolutely love your blog.. Very nice colors & theme.
    Did you create this website yourself? Please reply back as
    I?m hoping to create my own website and would like to know where you got this from or just what the theme is named.
    Cheers!

    my page – 確定

  43. Hey I am so happy I found your webpage, I really found you by
    error, while I was researching on Google for something else,
    Regardless I am here now and would just like to
    say thanks a lot for a remarkable post and a all round entertaining blog
    (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all
    at the minute but I have saved it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I
    have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the great job.

    Here is my blog post :: https://www.luckyflirt.com/blogs_post.php?id=35053

  44. Thanks so much pertaining to giving me personally an update
    on this matter on your web site. Please realise that
    if a new post appears or when any variations occur to the
    current submission, I would want to consider reading a lot more and understanding how to
    make good use of those techniques you discuss. Thanks for your time and consideration of other individuals by making your blog available.

    Here is my homepage: https://www.luckyflirt.com/blogs_post.php?id=34112

  45. The very next time I read a blog, I hope
    that it doesn’t fail me as much as this particular
    one. After all, I know it was my choice to read through, nonetheless
    I genuinely thought you would probably have something interesting to say.
    All I hear is a bunch of crying about something you could fix if you were not too busy
    seeking attention.

    Look into my webpage :: VidaGenex Review

  46. I definitely wanted to type a quick note in order to express gratitude to you for these great
    steps you are sharing at this website. My extensive internet research has
    at the end been rewarded with excellent facts and strategies to go over
    with my friends and classmates. I ‘d assume that we site visitors are very fortunate to dwell in a
    great place with many marvellous professionals with useful advice.
    I feel quite grateful to have used your entire weblog
    and look forward to plenty of more awesome moments reading here.
    Thank you once more for a lot of things.

    Here is my site – https://hotlinks.air-raid.co.uk/cannabis-vodka-a-brand-name-new-vodka-with-a-cannabis-kick/

  47. Wow, amazing weblog format! How long have you ever been running
    a blog for? you make blogging glance easy. The whole glance of your web
    site is great, as smartly as the content material![X-N-E-W-L-I-N-S-P-I-N-X]I simply couldn’t leave your web site before suggesting that I actually
    loved the usual information an individual supply for your guests?
    Is gonna be again frequently in order to check up
    on new posts.

    Review my web site https://vidyapraman.com/user/profile/26047

  48. Undeniably imagine that which you stated. Your favourite reason seemed to be on the internet the easiest factor to take into account of.
    I say to you, I certainly get irked even as folks think about worries that they plainly do not know about.
    You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest as neatly as outlined out the entire thing without having side-effects , other people could take a signal.

    Will probably be again to get more. Thanks

    Feel free to surf to my blog Home Cash Sites

  49. Hey there I am so excited I found your site, I really found you by accident, while I was searching on Digg for something else, Nonetheless
    I am here now and would just like to say many thanks for a marvelous post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don?t have time
    to browse it all at the moment but I have bookmarked it and also included
    your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be
    back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the superb work.

    Feel free to visit my blog – http://manifest-joy.com/?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=2494403

  50. We are a bunch of volunteers and starting a new scheme
    in our community. Your website provided us with
    valuable information to work on. You have done a formidable process and
    our entire community will be gratefu