Watch Mr. Malcolm's List Starring Gemma Chan

Gemma Chan in Mr. Malcolm's List short film

When was the last time you watched a 19th century period drama where the female lead character was Asian? Never, right? Refinery29, Untitled Entertainment and Rebelle Media presents period romantic comedy Mr. Malcolm’s List starring Gemma Chan and Freida Pinto. Based on the novel by Suzanne Allain, the story is about the game of love and matrimony. Set in England in the early 1800’s, a wealthy and very eligible suitor Mr. Malcolm played by Sope Dirisu garners all attention from all the single ladies vying for his courtship. Chan’s character Julia is lucky enough to be courted by Mr Malcolm, although she is unaware of his high list of qualifications for a future bride.

Directed by Emma Holly Jones the short film depicts the traditional period dramas we have been accustomed to in the style and reverence of a Jane Austen novel. However, Mr. Malcolm’s List features an inclusive cast of actresses and actors that brings a refreshing view of old English bride needs groom fairytales. According to Deadline, the short film is now being expanded into a feature.