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2015 Brochure is Here! Buy tickets at the Bridport Arts Centre box-office now!

It’s been months in the making and now it’s finally out – the From Page to Screen 2015 brochure. From Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th April we’ll be screening a selection of brilliant adaptations with curators that include the best-selling author Deborah Moggach and our festival supporters the Bridport film Society. Special guests include Harriet Walter, Emily Watson, Mark Bostridge, Dr Corinna Wagner and Judith Noble. Plus there will be code-breaking workshops from the Bletchley Park Outreach team and our Paddington Screening will be followed by a free Teddy Bear’s Picnic.

Films include oscar-winning The Imitation Game, the heart-wrenching Studio Ghibli anime Grave of the Fireflies, and the classic fairy tale of The Princess Bride, to name but a few. So take a look through our programme, book your tickets through the Bridport Arts Centre, and join us on our journey from these pages to the big screen.

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All was not fair in love and war… Brittain’s Biographer Mark Bostridge to speak at Testament of Youth screening

Mark Bostridge BookMark Bostridge is a British writer and Vera Brittain’s biographer. He has incredible knowledge of the remarkable woman whose personal loss and plea for peace formed the story of Testament of Youth. As consultant on the film and with a new book detailing its rise to success, we are incredibly honoured to have him hold a Q&A session at our Electric Palace screening of the much-anticipated Testament of Youth.

The From Page to Screen team recommend the film to our festival goers because director, Kent and screenwriter, Towhidi, have brought visual justice to Brittain’s words; while Vikander plays the role of Vera with absolute ‘delicacy and poise’.

But what did Mark Bostridge think?

Within his interview with Ham & High, he said he found Vikander’s performance ‘absolutely extraordinary.’

Testament of Youth‘I did wonder whether a Swedish actress would work, but she utterly convinces as an Englishwoman. You are mesmerised by her face. It’s a glorious performance.’

The London-based author also said:

‘I wanted to cry. The last scene… always brings a lump to my throat.’

‘The voiceover says: ‘they’ll want me to forget you and I can’t forget I have to remember you’.

‘This was very true to Vera – she had to immortalise these young men and show how their lives had been cut short and wasted. I think a lot of people will find it very moving.’

To be shown in April as part of the 2015 festival, don’t miss your chance to see Brittain’s memoirs brought to the big screen and hear from the man who knows her story so well.

Tickets available soon.

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A Welcome Sign from the Marigold Hotel…

Second Best Exotic MarilgoldThe new release of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is here. Make your reservation to see it on the Friday night of this year’s From Page to Screen festival.

Guest curator Deborah Moggach, who wrote the original novel on which the 2012 prequel was based, will be at our screening at the Electric Palace where we’ll host a Q&A session with the best-selling author.

BEMH2_18119crpAfter the runaway success of the first film (it took the global box office by storm, earning more than £82m worldwide on a production budget of £6m), screenwriter, Ol Parker, and director, John Madden, have teamed up again to create more magic from the Jaipur guesthouse for the Elderly and Beautiful.

Set eight months after our previous visit, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sees the return of an incredible British cast and follows their characters’ stories, lives, and relationships as they continue to settle into retirement in India.

The narrative and themes reached out and struck a chord with many filmgoers, and though, in a recent interview, the film’s stars say that they ‘never had expectations of there ever being a second film,’ Dame Judi says:

‘It’s refreshing to have a film about people our age, all struggling to fit into a slot and not be taken for granted.’

Second Best Marigold HotelJudi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Bill Nighy all return as the expat retirees, while new guests – American writer, Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig) – are welcomed through the Marigold’s doors

According to a BBC interview with Madden, Gere ‘Didn’t need much persuading’ to join the other hotel residents and head to India.

‘We didn’t show Richard the script until we’d finished it and it turned out he was a huge fan of the first film.’

If you’re a fan of the first film too, then pack your bags, as we give you your passport to what should be another incredible journey to India.

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Theory of Everything actress comes to Bridport Page to Screen festival

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It is the film of the moment and actress Emily Watson will be in Bridport to introduce The Theory of Everything at the From Page to Screen festival in April.

The festival is the UK’s only film festival dedicated to the adaptation of books into films.

Emily will be talking on Saturday April 11 ahead of a screening of the Oscar-winning film, which documents the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking’s battle against motor neurone disease and his relationship with his wife Jane Wilde.

Emily Watson plays Jane’s mother in the film, which stars Eddie Redmayne as Professor Hawking and Felicity Jones as Jane. The film is based on Hawking’s bestseller ‘A Brief History of Time’, which has sold millions of copies world-wide.

Laura_Cockett_BAC_ DirectorLaura Cockett, director of Bridport Arts Centre, said:

“We are looking forward to welcoming Emily to From Page to Screen and talking to her about her incredible career and the extraordinary and uplifting story of one of the world’s greatest living minds.’’

Emily Watson was Oscar-nominated for her first film Breaking The Waves, having got her first big break when she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in the early 1990s.

She has starred in movies such as Hilary and Jackie – for which she received her second Oscar nomination – and silence of the lambs prequel Red Dragon. Watson has appeared in films as diverse as Angela’s Ashes, Gosford Park and Warhorse and The Book Thief.

There is a strong female line-up at this year’s From Page to Screen. Watson joins Dame Harriet Walter, best known for her work in the theatre, who will talk ahead of a screening of Suite Française, an upcoming romantic World War II drama film directed by Saul Dibb and co-written with Matt Charman.

Suite FrancaiseShe plays Viscountess de Montmort. The film is based on Irene Nemirovsky’s 2004 novel of the same name, starring Michelle Williams and Kristen Scott Thomas and centres on a romance between a French villager and a German soldier during the early years of the German occupation of France.

Harriet Walters 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.

deborah_moggach_From 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. Familiar faces including Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench and Dev Patel will return to the film along with new hotel guest Richard Gere.

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

(From Bridport and Lyme Regis News)

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The imitation that’s made a big impression…

Imitation_Game_posterWe’ll be screening Oscar winning film The Imitation Game at this year’s festival in April.

Not only will you get to see Benedict Cumberbatch’s excellent portrayal of Alan Turing, but thanks to the Bletchley Park Trust and their Enigma Outreach Programme, you can take part in workshops designed to give an insight into codes & ciphers throughout history – and how to break them.

Bletchley Outreach Workshop ImageYou’ll also have the chance to get up close and personal with one of the Codebreakers’ biggest challenges and one of the stars of the movie – a real, working Enigma machine.

There will be two incredible workshops:

– A 60-minute workshop for children and their adults (8–14).

– And a 75-minute one for the general public, aimed at adults.

Both will take place at the Bridport Arts Centre.

What is The Imitation Game?

THE IMITATION GAMECumberbatch expertly plays Alan Turing in this biographical masterpiece detailing the British cryptanalyst’s life and work during the Second World War. Leading a team of codebreakers at the top-secret Bletchley Park, their mission is a pressure-fuelled race against time to crack the Nazi’s Enigma code.

Why should you see it?

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The pioneer of modern day computing who helped save thousands of lives, but saw devastation in his own, really is a story that had to be told, and one that definitely need to be watched.

Graham Moore, the film’s screenplay writer says, ‘I think my goal with this piece, and the goal of everyone on our team, was to do right by the legacy of Alan Turing.’

This is your chance to see if they’ve done just that.

You can read more of the interview with Graham Moore here.

2014, THE IMITATION GAMEWhat do the critics say?

This must-see film has garnered much success. With five Golden Globe, six Critics’ Choice, eight Academy Award nominations, and an Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay, this well-deserving adaptation has reached new heights in the accolade stakes.

The best British film of the year.” – The Independent

A superb thriller and a worthy biopic of a real hero.” – Empire

 

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Suite (Francaise) Dreams for Sunday’s Festival

Suite FrancaiseIt’s one of the most anticipated adaptations of the year and we’re extremely happy to be showcasing Suite Française on Sunday night of our festival this year. To add to our excitement, Harriet Walter who plays Viscountess de Montmort in the film, will be our guest speaker. Come and join us for her post-film Q&A session on Sun 12 April.

What is the story of Suite Française?

Suite_Francaise_book_10.16x13.55cm_300dpiSet in 1940s France and based on the international best-selling work of Irène Némirovsky, Suite Francaise follows beautiful Lucile Angellier who awaits news from her husband, a prisoner of war whilst leading a stifled existence with her domineering mother-in-law. When Parisian refugees pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers’ homes, Lucile’s life is turned upside down. In the Angellier home, Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno, the handsome and refined German officer who has been posted to live with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and traps them in the tragedy of war.

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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).

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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.

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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: