Books and Beyond: From page to screen
On this week's Books and Beyond, Karen and Louisa talk about the best, worst and most memorable film adaptations from books and their picks for this year's New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF).
- Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx. Also available on DVD
- Hunger by Knut Hamsun; translation and afterword by Robert Bly; with an introduction by Paul Auster. Learn more about the 1966 film adaptation on the NZIFF website.
- Breath by Tim Winton. Currently screening at the NZIFF and will also be released on DVD later this year.
Movie adaptations authors weren't happy with after their release
- "My Foolish Heart" was adapted from J. D. Salinger's short story "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut" from Nine Stories. After it was released, J.D Salinger refused to let any more of his books be adapted into films.
- A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. In the 1957 film adaptation, Hemingway was unhappy with the casting of the female lead.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The musical movie adaptation starred Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka and the rewriting of his screenplay disappointed Dahl who wrote the story with Charlie as the star.
- The Shining by Stephen King. In Stanley Kubrick's movie adaptation, Stephen King didn't like that the emphasis was on Jack Nicholson's character, rather than the hotel.
- Breakfast at Tiffany's: a short novel and three stories by Truman Capote. In the movie adaptation of his novella, Truman Capote did not agree with Audrey Hepburn playing his Holly character.
- In Cold Blood: a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences by Truman Capote. Based on Gerald Clarke's biography, Capote stars one of Karen's favourite actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman, as Truman Capote.
- Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, also available as an eAudiobook, read by Orson Welles. The movie adaptation of the book had a different ending as Marlon Brando insisted on having a big emotive scene.
- 1982 cult movie, Blade Runner: the director's cut was based on Philip K. Dick's novel Do androids dream of electric sheep?
Louisa and Karen's favourite book to movie adaptations
- Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones. The 2012 film based on the book was shot in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, and also around several Auckland locations, including Glendowie College. The movie was directed and produced by New Zealander Andrew Adamson and stars Hugh Laurie as Mr Pip.
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Adapted for the screen and directed by David Lean, the 1946 movie starred John Mills, Jean Simmons and Alec Guinness.
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