BFI: Films adapted from booksBy TheStudentGuide
This year’s BFI London Film Festival offers several new films based on books, reflecting a common trend in modern cinema.
Proving that intelligent story-telling is something that should transcend format and translate through alternate medium, this year’s festival has some fantastic adaptations to choose from.
Directed by Deepa Mehta, this Official Competition film is a riveting allegorical saga that parallels the dramatic upheavals in one’s family history with the events that would define contemporary India. Salman Rushdie is conducting a Q&A on the adaptation from his book on October 15.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
This film opened Venice Film Festival earlier this year. Adapted from Moshin Hamid’s best-selling novel and telling the story of a young Indian man who is living two lives caught up in his big city stockbroker career, it documents the unfolding conflict and persecution surrounding Pakistani extremists after 9/11. Starring Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland.
Dickens’ novel made household names of the likes of ‘Pip’, ‘Magwitch’ and arguably one of literature’s most melancholic character, ‘Miss Havisham’. All of the above pave the way for an entire collection of literary adaptations that are rife within this year’s programme.
The glamorous and mesmerizing adaptation of Jens Lapidus’s bestselling novel Stockholm Noir Trilogy. This silver screen version tells of the double life a poor student leads as he lives among the wealthy elite of Stockholm. This thrilling film directed by Daniѐl Espinosa follows the unfortunate scholar as drugs, the mob, and hitmen all alter his life and the lies he has been living.
John Dies at the End
When a pair of college drop outs find themselves responsible for saving humanity due to the discovery of a new perception-bending drug, an entire world is opened by the perverse mind of director Don Coscarelli. John Dies at the End is interestingly tailored from the adored book of the same name to the silver screen in this mind bending film expected to achieve cult status.
Director and Screenwriter Barnaby Southcombe’s debut feature is the London based noir thriller I, Anna. Taken from Elsa Lewin’s novel of the same name, this version is told from the view of a femme fatale as she falls in love with an obsessive police detective. The woman’s mysterious dark secrets unravel through Southcombe’s wonderful depiction of this intense novel.
You can see all of these literary adaptations at the 56th BFI London Film Festival which runs 10-21 October 2012. For ticket information and bookings, visit the website.