From Book to Screen

The Secret Life of Pets has to be one of my favourite films this year. In fact, it’s probably one of the most enjoyable wagging tales of four-legged beasts minus all the bad puns. This is New York, New York and everything we love about it is highlighted in its opening scenes – the bike… Read More

The classic cast-of-thousands biblical epic that we know as Ben-Hur was a family favourite of ours. This was especially the case on Good Friday when every available movie channel would broadcast Crucifixion stories. There was more to it than just a chariot race and Jesus (though for some those would understandably be the highlights) but… Read More

“At least we can all agree the third one’s always the worst” says Jean Grey. It’s an inside joke, and well timed too, as the young teenage mutant exits Return of the Jedi alongside Night Crawler and Cyclops, but it nevertheless seems an unfortunate jest. Bryan Singer’s latest cinematic apocalypse is more of a spectacular… Read More

Among some of the book adaptations to hit the screen this year was one of New Zealand’s own, Māhana. Taking its storyline from Witi Ihimaera’s novel Bulibasha: King of the Gypsies, it weaves a narrative of family rivalry and coming of age. While the movie might not have caused as much excitement as news of… Read More

Based on an original story by Alan Bennett, I found this a very amusing movie. It all revolves around an elderly lady, Miss Shepherd, who lives her whole life inside an old van, moving from spot to spot, often along the same London street. The writer and playwright Alan Bennett had in real life moved… Read More

After being pestered and pestered for longer bedtime stories I’ve just started reading Harry Potter to my daughter. She’s only four and half, but you’re never too young to start, right? We’ve just got up to the part when the glass disappears and the snake slithers out and chases after Dudley. Reading it a second… Read More

The world is waiting with baited breath for the release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, something that promises to be a true cinematic masterpiece. It’s amazing to think of the milestones that Austen adaptations have achieved since their first renderings on screen. Mostly-accurate-to-the-books period drama series, film adaptations, YouTube vlog series, South Asian musicals… Read More

The task of adapting a well-known and (presumably) well-loved novel into film is a difficult one, and some might say it can never be done with complete success. Nevertheless, whether you prefer the book version, the film version, or think each should stand or fall on their own merits, it can’t be denied that more… Read More

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