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Calling all volunteers…

From Page To Screen is recruiting volunteers to work as stewards at all of the festival events and other important festival jobs. Not only do volunteers get to interact with leading authors and film makers, they get to watch lots of great films and take home a free festival t-shirt.

Want to see some fantastic adaptations? Contact Rebecca Varndell, the From Page To Screen Volunteer Co-ordinator now to sign up:

Full Programme Brochure Now Available

2011 Programme Brochure

From Page To Screen’s 2011 programme brochure may now be downloaded here.

Printed copies will be available by 25 March throughout Bridport.

Correction: in the centrefold spread diary (p25), the venue for THE AMERICAN is listed incorrectly as Electric Palace. The correct venue for the screening of THE AMERICAN on Saturday 16 April is Bridport Arts Centre. All other details for this film are correct. For full online details see the film’s page.

Tickets Now On Sale For All Events – printed programme coming soon

Tickets for all events at the 2011 From Page To Screen festival curated by Jonathan Coe are now on sale at the Bridport Arts Centre box office (01308 424204) or the Bridport Tourist Information Centre (01308 424901).

Of course, you can book seats online by selecting the day and event on the right side of this page and click on ‘buy tickets online’ at the bottom of the page.

The printed brochure will be available to download from this website in the coming days or may picked up at the Bridport Arts Centre, the Electric Palace or many other locations in and around West Dorset.

See you at the festival!

Kazuo Ishiguro to Open From Page To Screen 2011

Jonathan Coe is Guest Artistic Director

Internationally renowned author Kazuo Ishiguro will be attending the opening night of From Page to Screen, the UK’s only film festival dedicated to the adaptation of books into films. The first night will feature the film adaptation of Ishiguro’s best-selling novel `Never Let Me Go’, following an on stage conversation between the author and Jonathan Coe, From Page to Screen’s artistic director and writer of bestsellers What a Carve Up! and The Rotters’ Club.

Ishiguro, who won the Booker prize for his novel `Remains of the Day’, will open the film festival, to be held in Bridport, West Dorset, on April 13-17th 2011. There will also be screenings of `Remains of the Day’, which was nominated for eight Oscars, and the `The Saddest Music in the World’, for which Ishiguro wrote the original screenplay.

Coe said: “Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the most loved literary novelists of the past decade. We are delighted that he is coming to this year’s From Page to Screen event and it will be fascinating to hear him talk about the relationship between film and the written word.’’

Ishiguro said: “I was thrilled to discover that there is now a film festival dedicated to the adaptation of books into films and I am really looking forward to taking part in it.’’

Coe, whose novel The Rotters’ Club was adapted for television in 2005, has revealed some of the other films he has chosen for this year’s event. They include `Housekeeping’, filmmaker Bill Forsyth’s adaptation of the Marilynne Robinson novel. Forsyth will be on stage `in conversation’ following the screening.

Other highlights of the festival will include screenings of `Brighton Rock’, based on the novel of the same name by Graham Greene, `Barney’s Version’, a film adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s last novel, ‘The Dead’, adapted from the short story of the same name by James Joyce, and `They Were Sisters’, based on a novel by Dorothy Whipple. Nicholas Mosley, author of 13 books including Hopeful Monsters, will also talk to Coe ahead of the screening of Harold Pinter’s adaptation of his early novel `Accident.’

Coe, who has been a jury member for the Venice and Edinburgh Film Festivals, and film critic for the New Statesman, will announce the full line up of 19 films in due course.

From Page To Screen was founded in 2007 by Bridport Arts Centre, as a sister-festival to the Bridport Literary Festival and the Bridport Prize – one of the UK’s longest running and respected literary prizes.

Bridport Arts Centre in collaboration with The Electric Palace cinema will show 19 films over five days at the two venues. Most screenings will feature a talk by someone involved in either the book or the making of the film, giving audiences the chance to go beneath the surface of their favourite films and discover more about the film-making process. (Last year the Oscar nominated A Single Man – based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood – was introduced by Isherwood’s biographer, Kate Bucknall, who was adviser to director Tom Ford, while writer and journalist Lynn Barber made a special guest appearance at the screening of the An Education, the film based on her memoir of the same name.)

The 2011 festival will also launch a ‘flash-film’ competition, giving film-makers the opportunity to adapt the winning story in the Bridport Prize’s Flash Fiction competition in to a 60-second film, and there will be other short talks, workshops and screenings throughout the week.

The festival’s full schedule will be published in March. For up-to-date information and listings visit

Mark your diaries: From Page To Screen 2011

Mark your diaries for the third edition of the UK’s only film festival celebrating the art of adapting books to film: Bridport’s film festival From Page To Screen from 13 – 17 April 2011.

Big excitement for 2011: leading author Jonathan Coe brings his personal flavour to the festival as guest artistic director. He’ll be making his own personal selections, recruiting authors to participate and will present a few of the films himself.

We’ll be world premièring shorts made specifically for From Page To Screen: Flash Film home-made shorts adapted from the Bridport Prize Flash Fiction entries. Anyone can make and submit their own film. Check back for additional details on how to enter in January.

And, of course, more fantastic films coupled with your favourite authors.

Find out more in the coming weeks and months at or Twitter @page2screen

See you in April.

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