The Book Show Saturday 15 March 2014

Books to Films

This week’s show look at book-to-film adaptations.

Zoe Comyns explores Gone With The Wind as the most famous book-to-film adaptation of all time. She speaks with Nerys Williams of UCD School of English, Drama & Film and Film Producer and former Director of Film Classification John Kelleher.

 

Lenny Abrahamson’s What Richard Did used Kevin Power’s Bad Day at Blackrock as a jumping off point for the film and he met with Sinead to talk about what makes a good film when working from a novel. He is currently in pre-production for the film version of Emma Donohue’s Room and Lenny discusses the challenges involved in constructing the film whilst retaining the tone of the novel. 

Writer and film director John Butler and Grainne Humphries, Director of the Dublin Jameson International Film Festival are in studio to discuss some of the best Irish and international film adaptations.

 
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2006 novel Half of A Yellow Sun has been adapted for film by Biye Bandele. Sinead caught up with Biyi to discuss the film and spending time with Chimamanda to convince her to let him be the one make it.

Philomena is the 2013 film adaptation of Martin Sixsmith’s book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee – Martin Sixsmith joins The Book Show to discuss the transition from page to screen.


In this week’s Footnote Regan Hutchins shares a formula for getting the most out of making the leap from book to film.

'Dear Character' Competition Update

Thanks to everyone who has sent a letter to a character as part of our Dear Character competition. We have been delighted by the response and have drawn up a shortlist of letters which we have sent to our judge, the Laureate for Irish Fiction, Anne Enright.

She will choose a winning letter and this will be read at our special episode which will be recorded in Smock Alley theatre in Dublin on October 21st 2017.

The winning entry will also win a €250 book token.

At our Smock Alley show we will be reading excerpts from some of the letters. The winning letter will be published online on our RTÉ web page after the broadcast.

Sinéad Gleeson will be in conversation with Lisa McInerney, Anne Enright and Paul Howard. We’ll have music by singer Lisa O’Neill and readings from some of our letters to characters by actors Derbhle Crotty and Dermot Magennis.

The show is now sold out but it will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on Saturday October 28th, 7-8pm.

A full list of those writers whose letters have been shortlisted is below - congratulations to all:

Character: Anna Livia Plurabelle 
Writer: Holly Furey
From: Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Character: Auggie Pullman
Writer: Keeva Holloway
From: Wonder by RJ Palacio

Character: Anna Arkadyevna Karenina
Writer: Lev Nikolayevich (Eoin Shaughnessy)
From: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Character: Bobby Mahon
Writer: Rebecca Ivory
From: The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

Character: Captain Ahab
Writer: Stephen Phelan
From: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Character: George Smiley
Writer: Karen McCormack
From: Various George Smiley novels by John LeCarré


Character: Gregor Samsa 
Writer: Bernard Mahon 
From: Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka


Character: Holden Caulfield
Writer: Aoife Kavanagh
From: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Character: June
Writer: Anita Fennelly
From: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Character:  Mr. Toad 
Writer: Liam Cahill; 
From: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Character: Nora Webster, 
Writer: Shelley Tracey, 
From: Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

Character: Raskolnikov
Writer: Sylvia (AKA- Mark Dennehy)
From: Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Character: Robinson Crusoe
Writer: Klara Golez
From: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Character: Rosaleen Madigan 
Writer: Marion O’Donnell (Miriam Hurley)
From: The Green Road by Anne Enright

Character: ‘She’
Writer: Papa (Stephen Wade)
From: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Character: Voldemort
Writer: Claudia Rose-Mohan
From: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
 

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