ORIGINAL NOVEL A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley Larry Buttrose
SCREENPLAY Luke Davies
Venue – The Electric Palace
OSCAR NOMINATED FILM – 6 Nominations
BAFTA WINNING FILM – 2 Wins
Lion tells the extraordinary true story of Saroo Brierley, who was born in India but adopted by an Australian couple after he was separated from his family.
When he was five years old, he got lost on a train travelling away from his home. Years later, living in safety and security in Australia, he yearns to reunite with his family, and decides to use Google Earth to track them down. But his memories are hazy, and it could take years.
Based on Saroo’s book of his experiences, ‘Lion’ is a critically-acclaimed true story that would be almost impossible to believe if it hadn’t actually happened.
ORIGINAL NOVEL The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp
SCREENPLAY Philip Mackie
Venue – Bridport Art Centre
Based on Quentin Crisp’s 1968 autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant stars John Hurt as Crisp, an outrageous flamboyant gay man who publicly declared his homosexuality during the brutally homophobic and misogynistic England of the 1930s and ’40s — a time when this being homosexual was still an offense punishable by imprisonment in Great Britain. The film made for British and American public television broadcasts tells of Crisp’s coming of age and growing into old age in conservative England.
STARS Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Fritz Lang, Jean-Luc Godard
ORIGINAL NOVEL A Ghost at Noon by Alberto Moravia
SCREENPLAY Jean-Luc Godard
Venue – Bridport Arts Centre
Le mépris. That’s contempt in French, and it’s the feeling that Camille has for her writer boyfriend Paul during the time he’s summoned to Rome’s Cinecittà film studios and the stunning island of Capri to help Austrian-born Hollywood director Fritz Lang (playing himself) and coarse American producer Prokosch (Jack Palance) improve their movie version of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’.A sumptuously stylish study of a rocky marriage and fraught professional relationships.
STARS Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery
ORIGINAL NOVEL The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes
SCREENPLAY Nick Payne
Venue – The Electric Palace
Tony Webster, divorced and retired, leads a reclusive and relatively quiet life.
One day, he learns that the mother of his university girlfriend, Veronica, left in her will a diary kept by his best friend who dated Veronica after she and Tony parted ways.
Tony’s quest to recover the diary, now in Veronica’s possession, forces him to revisit his flawed recollections of his friends and of his younger self. As he digs deeper into his past, it all starts to come back; the first love, the broken heart, the deceit, the regrets, the guilt… Can Tony bear to face the truth and take responsibility for the devastating consequences of actions he took so long ago?