There has been quite a resurgence of interest recently in the world’s best-selling novelist Agatha Christie, and her novels. There was an excellent adaptation last year of And Then There Were None, and two biopics about Agatha’s life are in the pipeline, one focussing on the 11 days when she went missing. Kenneth Branagh is currently directing Murder on the Orient Express (with Angelina Jolie in the cast), and there has been discussion about filming a Julian Fellowes script of Crooked House.
On the subject of film adaptation of the classics, I was terribly disappointed by the recent Dr Thorne, Julian Fellowes’ version of Trollope’s great novel. Please do not judge the novel by the incredibly abbreviated 3-part TV version. The novel is one of my favourite 19thC books – Trollope slowly builds up character and dilemma, probing the psychologies of his characters with such insight. All that was left in the TV version was the hugely cut plot – the charm had gone. Do yourself a favour and read the novel, or listen to Timothy West read it to you on unabridged audio. Sheer bliss!
Far far better is the new film version of Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan – the movie is called Love and Friendship. I loved it – clever script, lovely acting and gorgeous costumes. Do go and see it, and try reading the book on which it is based to see just what a genius Jane Austen was as a teenager.
If you enjoyed Love and Friendship, come and learn more about the novel behind the movie. Jane Austen wrote Lady Susan in her late teens. Margi Abraham will give a fascinating talk about the novel, its subversive heroine, and the recent film adaptation at a meeting of the Jane Austen Society of Australia. Saturday 20 August, 2pm at the Uniting Church Hall, Lord St, Roseville. Cost $5 and afternoon tea included. No need to book – just turn up on the day.
Which movie adaptions have you enjoyed? Have you seen Love and Friendship? What did you think it? Do you generally enjoy the book more than the film? I’d love to hear your comments, please click below.
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