Find out which adapted screen plays are making their way to your TV screens and cinemas.
15th June – Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, the story of a wedding night nightmare, starring Saoirse Ronan from Lady Bird. You might also remember Ronan as the tale telling little sister in the film adaptation of McEwan’s Atonement.
13st August – Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger, a country side doctor is called to the crumbling estate of Hundreds Hall in rural Warwichshire, only to find a family in conflict and himself entangled. Waters at her spookiest. Charlotte Rampling plays the creepy lady of the manor, Mrs Ayres.
28th September – Boy Erased by Garrard Conley tells the true story of the son of a baptist preacher who is forced to go into a gay conversion program by his religious parents (played by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe).
19th October – Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. Opinionated genius architect mum Bernadette disappears one day and it’s up to her daughter Bee to track her down. Based on the bestselling, very funny book and starring Cate Blanchett.
25th December – Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. I’d forgotten that this was actually a book before becoming a classic children’s film. Can anyone beat Julie Andrews?
Date TBC – Ray Bradbury’s dystopian classic Fahrenheit 451. About a society where books are forbidden and where firemen burn the books of those who don’t obey. You’ll find it on HBO.
Date TBC – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. If you crave a dose of feel good, this film, based on a post Second World War story about an author who starts to correspond with a group of Guernsey inhabitants, should do.
Date TBC – In The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath masterfully draws us into the mental break down of Esther Greenwood. Plath’s only novel is widely regarded as a roman a clef where the main character is Plath herself. Plath committed suicide only a month after it’s UK publication.
Date TBC – Bel Canto by Ann Pratchett describes a failed kidnapping in an unnamed South American country. While hostage negotiations take place, unexpected relationships are formed between the hostages and their captors.
I’m tempted to read McEwan’s On Chesil Beach and to dive into Plath’s The Bell Jar ahead of the film releases. Which ones will you pick up?