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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.

Young people – see your film review published!

Young people who enjoy cinema can take part in a film-review competition as part of the From Page To Screen festival taking place in Bridport this week (April 13-17).

Anyone under 18 can review any of the films they see during the event and have their review judged by one of the UK’s leading authors, Jonathan Coe. The winning reviews will be posted on the From Page To Screen website.

Coe, who is curating the five-day festival, said: ‘ We really want  young people to take part in the festival and we’re hoping they’ll use this opportunity to go and see some of the brilliant young people’s films being screened throughout the week.’

He added: ‘This is a great opportunity for young writers and budding film-makers to have their say and get their work published in the public domain.’

Polly Gifford, director of Bridport Arts Centre said: ‘From Page To Screen celebrates cinema’s relationship with the written word so how better to get young people involved than to ask them to write about what they see.

‘The internet and social media have changed the art of criticism and it will be interesting to see how young people respond to some of the titles we’ve chosen. There’s a great selection of children’s and animated titles and older kids can review any of the films being shown (as long as they’re PG rated!).’

Young people’s films being shown during the festival include:

•    The Pied Piper on Wednesday at 10.30am, Bridport Arts Centre
•    The Secret of Kells, Friday April 15 at 11am, Bridport Arts Centre
•    Winnie the Pooh, Saturday April 16, 11am, Electric Palace
•    How to Train Your Dragon, Saturday April 16, 2pm, Bridport Arts Centre
•    Winnie the Pooh, Sunday April 17, 11am, Electric Palace

Review competition rules:

Entrants must be 18 or under and must write about a film they have seen during the festival.

There will be two age categories: 5-12, 13-18yrs.

Reviews should tell us what the reviewer thought about the film and why, in no more than 400 words and should be submitted by email to

Entries must be received no later than April 30, 2011