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From Books to Movies at this Year’s Sydney Film Festival

May 30, 2015

Sydney Film Festival kicks off this Wednesday 3rd June, and we’re excited to report that there’s a strong literary element to this year’s festival – many of the featured movies began life in book form.

It’s been a while since there’s been a Thomas Hardy screen adaptation so we’re more than ready for a remake of Hardy’s classic Far From the Madding Crowd which last saw the big screen as the beautiful John Schlesinger 1967 classic starring Julie Christie and Alan Bates.

If you’re Hardy fans like us, you’ll relish the chance to see tragic heroine Bathsheba Everdene reimagined with Carey Mulligan of Great Gatsby fame.

In another classic adaptation, Mia Wasikowska takes on the role of the tragic Emma Bovary in the newest cinematic adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s poignant novel, Madame Bovary. Wasikowska delivers a brave performance in a demanding role. A stellar supporting cast includes Rhys Ifans, Paul Giamatti, Olivier Gourmet and Ezra Miller.

Moving to more modern times (well, the 1970s), Diary of a Teenage Girl, is a film adaptation of the 2002 graphic novel of the same name, about an over-sexed teenage girl who has an affair with her mother’s boyfriend. It won Best Feature Film at the Berlin Film Festival 2015 and Cinematography Award at Sundance 2015.

Kate Grenville fans shouldn’t miss the chance to catch the adaptation of the Australian writer’s multi-award-winning novel, The Secret River. It’s been adapted into a two-part television mini-series by two of Australia’s most talented screenwriters, Jan Sardi (Shine, 1996) and Mac Gudgeon. The impressive production stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven), Sarah Snook, Lachy Hulme, Tim Minchin, Genevieve Lemon and Trevor Jamieson.

And for more local interest, there’s the screen adaptation Holding the Man, originally a memoir by Australian actor and activist Timothy Conigrave. Holding the Man stars Guy Pearce and is directed by Neil Armfield.

The Sydney Film Festival runs from June 3-14. For more information and program, check out the Sydney Film Festival website.


The Secret River



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