From Print to Screen: The New Zealand International Film Festival

The annual international film festival is almost here (July 29 to August 14): time to read or re-read some books that will be making the leap to the big screen. Here are some film festival films based on books, or inspired by books:

Guilty Pleasures. A documentary about the wonders of Mills & Boon! Perfect, since Wellington City Libraries has recently launched its Mills & Boon collection (complete with competition to win a Sony E-Reader – winner announced soon!). Incidentally, the Mills & Boons are fair flying off the shelves: browse for them on the library catalogue here.

Norwegian Wood. Murakami fans take note! Haruki Murakami’s masterpiece, Norwegian Wood, has been made into a film that has caused critics everywhere to wax lyrical. It also features music by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood!

Submarine. Based on the novel of the same name by Welsh poet Joe Dunthorne.

The Duel. Based on a novella by Anton Chekov and filmed on location in Croatia.

The Solitude of Prime Numbers. Based on the best selling Italian novel (La solitudine dei numeri primi – which, incidentally, we also have in traditional Chinese) by Paolo Giordano (also incidentally, the author is a particle physicist according to The Guardian).

It looks wonderfully eclectic and interesting! There will of course be much much more in due course. We will let you know when the brochures are out!

Ten Books: From Graphic Novel to Film

Graphic novels lend themselves well to movie adaptations, and there have been a few quality ones in the last few years, with cinematographic imagery ranging from realism (Road to Perdition) through looks-like-a-graphic-novel (Sin City and 300, for example) to animation (Persepolis). Here are ten graphic novels that have been converted to successful films, all of which are available from Wellington City Libraries.

  1. Sin City, graphic novel series by Frank Miller, DVD (2005, recut and extended edition)
  2. Persepoliscomplete graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi (2007), DVD (2007, the film won the Jury Prize at Cannes that year)
  3. 300, again graphic novel by Frank Miller (2005), DVD (2007)
  4. V for Vendettagraphic novel by Alan Moore (1990), DVD (2006, starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving)
  5. A History of Violence, graphic novel by John Wagner (1997), DVD (2006)
  6. Road to Perdition, graphic novel by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner (1998), DVD (2003, won the Best Cinematography Oscar in 2003)
  7. Ghost World, graphic novel by Daniel Clowes (1996),  DVD (2003, with a pre-fame Scarlett Johansson)
  8. Akira, graphic novel series by Katsuhiro Otomo, DVD (1987)
  9. Ghost in the Shell, graphic novel by Masamune Shirow (1995), DVD (1995)
  10. The Surrogates, graphic novel by Robert Venditti (2006), DVD (Surrogates) available soon!