13 january 2013

Arts-Culture #29- Canadian documentary: Serving the Royals


Image from - Serving the Royals- documentary which looks at the lives and working conditions for the hundreds of servants employed by the Royal Family

In this edition we hear from Montreal-based filmmaker John Curtin. He has just produced his third documentary on the Royal Family.  Following on his previous work "After Elizabeth" and "Chasing the Royals", this latest hour-long film looks at the lives and what it is like to work as a servant for the Royals, or what is colloauially termed "the Firm".

Because the hundreds of currently employed servants are sworn to secrecy, and could even face prosecution for revealing details of life inside "the Firm", Mr Curtin spoke to several past servants who collectively spent decades serving closely with several members of the Royal family. The life they describe is an anachronistic lifestyle little changed from Victorian times, and rather like what one sees on the hit TV series "Downton Abbey"

His latest documentary is called, "Serving the Royals-Inside the Firm".

Why are Canadians, and others, fascinated with the Royals and how do you go about filming such a subject with no access to the Royals themselves or their many properties?  John Curtin answers these and many more questions this week. I hope you'll enjoy this week's conversation and do feel free to contact us with your thoughts or suggestions.

Canadian documentary filmmaker John Curtin with the corgis used in his film "Serving the Royals"

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