Gosford Park

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Name: Gosford Park
Abbreviation(s): GP
Creator: Robert Altman, Bob Balaban, Julian Fellowes
Date(s): January 2002
Medium: film
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: IMdB
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Movie details

November 1932, Gosford Park is the magnificent country estate to which Sir William McCordle and his wife, Lady Sylvia, gather relations and friends for a shooting party. They have invited an eclectic group including a countess, a World War I hero, the British matinee idol Ivor Novello, and an American film producer who makes Charlie Chan movies. As the guests assemble in the gilded drawing rooms above, their personal maids and valets swell the ranks of the house servants in the teeming kitchens and corridors below-stairs. But all is not as it seems: neither amongst the bejewelled guests lunching and dining at their considerable leisure, nor in the attic bedrooms and stark work stations where the servants labor for the comfort of their employers. Part comedy of manners and part mystery, the film is finally a moving portrait of events that bridge generations, class, sex, tragic personal history and culminate in a murder. Ultimately revealing the intricate relations of the above and below-stairs worlds with great clarity, Gosford Park illuminates a society and way of life quickly coming to an end.

Fannish interaction

Gosford Park fandom is small, focussed primarily on fan fiction based on the film. Initially stories appeared on the Silverlake mailing list, and in the Misc. Film category of Fanfiction.net before 2006. Since 2006, a Gosford Park category was added to Fanfiction.net, and 13 stories have been written as part of the Yuletide rare fandoms gift exchange. A masterlist of Gosford Park fan fiction (both completed and works-in-progress) is updated at the Gosford Park Livejournal Community.

Due to the setting and themes of the film, the fandom includes a high number of Upstairs/Downstairs fans, Campion fans, period film/costume drama fans, as well as fans who came in via actor fandom with Clive Owen and Jeremy Northam, and the high concentration of actors who also appear in the Harry Potter film franchise.

The dominant romantic pairings in the fandom are Robert Parks/Mary MacEachran, Robert Parks/Henry Denton, Robert Parks/Ivor Novello, Elsie/Mary, Elsie/Isobel.

Notable fanworks