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Actress Harriet Walter joins Bridport’s Page to Screen festival (From Dorset Echo)


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AWARD-WINNING actress Harriet Walter is among the top names joining Bridport’s prestigious Page to Screen festival this year.

Dame Harriet Walter, who is best known for her work in the theatre, has been added to the line-up for the festival, which is the UK’s only film festival dedicated to the adaptation of books into films.

This year’s festival takes place from April 8 to 12.

Ms Walter, who has won Olivier, Evening Standard and Tony awa-rds for her performances with the RSC, will talk ahead of a screening of Suite Française, an upcoming romantic Second World War drama film directed by Saul Dibb and co-written with Matt Charman, in which she plays Vicountess de Montmort.

Ms Walter, who lives in Dorset, has also chosen her favourite adaptation, John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, which was filmed in Lyme Regis, to be screened at the festival.
Second_Best_posterFrom Page To Screen also welcomes best-selling author Deborah Moggach, who will be talking ahead of a screening of upcoming British comedy-drama film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This is a sequel to the hugely successful The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, adapted from Deborah’s novel These Foolish Things.

The original feature film followed the attempts by retirees to enlighten themselves in India at an allegedly ‘luxurious’ hotel.

Pride and Prejudice posterDeborah will also run a workshop connected to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice, for which she wrote the screenplay.

Director of Bridport Arts Centre Laura Cockett said: “We are delighted to confirm that Harriet Walter and Deborah Moggach will attend this year’s From Page to Screen festival and we can’t wait to welcome them to Bridport.”

Bridport Arts Centre, in collaboration with the Electric Palace cinema, will show a wide range of films over five days at the two venues. Some screenings will feature a talk by authors or film-makers, giving audiences the chance to go beneath the surface of their favourite films and discover more about the film-making process.

The full programme and other guest speakers will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Actress Harriet Walter joins Bridport’s Page to Screen festival (From Dorset Echo).


Cary Elwes’ Tales of The Princess Bride… Inconceivable!

It’s like The Guardian read our minds!


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Journalist, Hadley Freeman takes a look at childhood favourite The Princess Bride and interviews the film’s star, Cary Elwes about his new bestselling book As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.

“Back in 1987, my mother took my little sister Nell and me to see a new movie she’d read something about in a newspaper: The Bride Princess, she thought, or maybe the The Princess Bride. This movie ended up changing my sister in a way that can only be described as profound. Before seeing The Princess Bride, Nell refused to wear dresses and didn’t much like books; afterwards, she relaxed the tomboyish dresscode and she read William Goldman’s extremely funny original novel, The Princess Bride, so many times that she got told off at school for bringing it in too much.”

Read more of the article here.

We’ll be screening The Princess Bride as part of 2015’s From Page to Screen Family Films.

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The Princess Bride?… As You Wish!

the-princess-bride-posterExciting news! As part of our Family Films selection at this year’s festival, the committee have chosen the well-loved fairytale film The Princess Bride.

Filled with swashbuckling adventure, we can’t wait to revisit the movie that became a childhood #favourite for so many. And as 2015’s festival takes place over the Easter holidays, children, parents, and grandparents alike can join in the fun at Bridport Arts Centre.

Why The Princess Bride?

Initially it was a cinema flop – due to its aimless marketing – but the film grew and grew in popularity once released for home viewing, cementing its status as a family favourite. Like a cinematic chinese whisper, this was a true testament to the quality of the film, and the reason – along with the fact that it truly is funny – why it’s gained a place on our final festival programme.


Film Society’s Ten Commandments for an Ultimate Festival

Bridport Film Society LogoFurther to our announcement last week that the Bridport Film Society will curate our 11 o’clock films, we caught up with Society member, Chris Pike, to find out more about his #favourite adaptations and personal vision of an ultimate FPTS festival –

Grapes-of-Wrath_Poster” When asked to consider my favourite adaptation, I immediately think of great American movies like Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s inspired transposing of Joseph Conrad’s colonial fable, Hear of Darkness to the horrors of the war in Vietnam. Or of John Ford’s masterful adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer-prize novel of the ‘dust bowl’ and economic migration, The Grapes of Wrath (screening at 2015 From Page to Screen Festival).

Dekalog (The Decalogue)For sheer ambition and audacity however, I turn to Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Dekalog series of ten-hour-long films, each of which provides an adaptation one of the Ten Commandments. To provide fresh insight into such familiar, and yet loaded, text and also to provide elements of a unified whole within the ten separate essays is a Herculean task, which these remarkable films achieve with effortless aplomb. Complex moral issues readily intertwine with baser human instincts and emotional turmoil in a merry Polish dance. The timing of the films, 1989, when Eastern Europe is braced for pivotal transition and new societal forms are about to emerge also seems important.

I remember seeing all of ten films shown back-to-back over a weekend at the Everyman, Hampstead cinema in its art-house days with gas lighting still present. Amidst, the sweaty fug of an audience dug in for a sub-titled cinematic marathon, great clarity and light emerged. The Director later went on to direct the Three Colours trilogy, Blue, White and Red, taking as inspiration Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.

IMBD database gives the Dekalog series a rating of 9.2, which puts it above all other films apart from The Godfather and The Shawshank Redemption, both also significant adaptations.

My FPTS dream would be to show all ten Dekalog films, maybe not back-to-back, but perhaps two on each of the five days of the festival.”

For a more in-depth look at Dekolog, take a look at this video of an interview with Kieslowski:


Bridport Film Society to Curate the 11 o’clock Club.

Bridport Film Society logoFrom Page to Screen prides itself on the partnerships and community involvement throughout the festival. This year, we are extremely happy to announce that the Bridport Film Society will curate the now-renowned ’11 o’clock club’ over the five days.

The Society have discussed and voted for their #favourite films to be screened. These include the wonderful:

Bicycle Thieves, The Grapes of Wrath, Persepolis, Night of the Hunter, and Jules et Jim.

All screenings will be at 11a.m. and a key Film Society member will give a short introduction to each chosen film.

From Page to Screen has a YouTube channel – here’s a little glimpse of the chosen #favourite films on our 11 o’clock playlist. Watch it here:

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Have you seen your #favourite book…?

Happy 2015 Everyone!

FPTS_2015_FAV01And what a year it will be as our unique festival of adaptations returns, bigger and better than ever. From Page to Screen provides an unrivalled entertainment experience, so come and join us at the Bridport Arts Centre in April, where we’ll be bringing you award-winning new releases and classic film adaptations. As usual, these will be accompanied by workshops, Q&A sessions, and discussions from the key people that make the journey from page to screen possible.

Described as ‘engaging’ and ‘thought-provoking’ in previous years, our festival, its films, and its guest speakers are not to be missed. But what can you expect to see? All tastes are catered for with an eclectic mix from different genres and there truly is something for everyone – from Family Films and activities to Short Film Specials.

With a long list of high-quality films and inspirational people we’d love to work with, the selection process each year is never easy. Our team really had to think hard about the shortlist and ask ourselves ‘what are our favourites and why?’

This thinking about favourites then developed a basis and theme for 2015’s festival, which, we’re excited to announce, will see not just one curator, but a host of respected authors, actors, and film academics curate the festival over its five days from 8–12 April.

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Harriet Walter, Deborah Moggach, Dr Corinna Wagner, and Judith Noble, to name but a few will choose their favourite adaptations to form part of this year’s schedule, whilst their discussions and workshops will provide insight and context to the films, screenplays, and books we’re proudly showcasing.

Adaptations are certainly big news at the moment, with The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything hotly tipped as front-runners to win numerous awards. As the only film festival in the UK to specialise in such adaptations, we hope you’ll join us as we enter a very exciting year of adaptation celebration. Who knows, you may even find yourself a new #favourite film.

This website will be regularly updated with information on our scheduled films and special guests, so please keep visiting us here, or you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

What’s your #favourite adaptation? Tweet us now @pagetoscreen– we’d love to hear from you.

Hot off the Fest Day 1!

With preparations concluded and volunteers trained and ready to go, we kick off From Page to Screen 2013 with The Talented Mr Ripley at Bridport Arts Centre and Willy Wonker & The Chocolate Factory at the Hayloft.  Today at 11am!  Tickets available on the door.

Watch coming-of-age classic The Graduate at 2pm, followed by Submarine at 4.30pm with author and FPtS curator Joe Dunthorne.and associate producer Ally Gipps of Warp Films.

We officially open the festival this evening with our gala screening of Oscar-winning Life of Pi – 7.30pm at the Electric Palace – when Joe will be discussing his adaptation choices.  Don’t miss out!

Bridport Arts Centre Director Polly Gifford’s festival highlights:

Dates announced for 2012

From Page to Screen 2012 will take place from 11 – 15 April 2012.

We’ve got some exciting feelers out for our next guest Artistic Director and will be announcing more details soon.

Watch this space for updates.

2011 Festival a great success!

“Fabulous festival, great programme, splendid guests, I wish I could be here for it all.”

The dust has settled on From Page to Screen 2011 and we are very pleased with how the festival went.

Guest Artistic Director Jonathan Coe did a fantastic job putting together an exciting and eclectic programme, that attracted increased audiences and very positive feedback.  In addition he was an excellent interviewer, giving audiences some fascinating pre and post show discussions with some very special guests, including award-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, legendary director Bill Forsyth and writer/director Rowan Joffe.

A huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the festival happen.

Planning has already started for next year’s event so watch this space regularly for the latest news.  We look forward to seeing you in 2012.

Flash Film winner announced

The winners of our inaugural Flash Film competition were announced on Sunday 17 April at a special event as part of the From Page to Screen film festival.

The festival’s Guest Artistic Director Jonathan Coe selected the winning film saying,

“I was not asked to choose a runner-up for the competition, but I would like to commend Alina Papp’s interpretation of GLASS FLOWERS for its poetic and imaginative imagery, and the rhythmic assurance of its editing.

“However, my choice of winner is THE PRESENT, by Robinson and Simpson from Isis Media. I really admired their imaginative take on the source material; the way they condensed so much of the original story into 60 fluid seconds; their film’s strong, charismatic central performance; and the unexpected balance between humour and seriousness they maintained throughout. A very impressive achievement.”

The creative team of Ben Robinson, Ross Simpson, Matt Hickinbottom had travelled to Bridport from Birmingham for the event and we were delighted to be able to present the prize to them in person.

A special Youth Award was also made to Esmerelda Voegele-Downing for her interpretation of GLASS FLOWERS.

The standard of entries was fantastic and we’re confident that Flash Film will go from strength to strength.

Many thanks to everyone who entered and we hope to see your work in future years.

You can watch The Present and all the shortlisted films via the Flash Film group page on Vimeo.