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FEATURE: THIS YEAR’S BEST BOOK ADAPTATIONS

From the very beginnings of cinema, novels have been a constant source of inspiration for films. And it continues to this day. For instance, 22 July sees the release of THE BIG PICTURE, based on Douglas Kennedy’s fantastic novel about life choices and identity, and starring Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve. Which gives us the perfect opportunity to have a look at the best book adaptations of 2011…

Submarine
Joe Dunthorne’s Swansea –set coming –of-age novel was the basis for IT Crowd star Richard Ayoade’s first film as a director. A critical smash, great things are now expected from not only Ayoade, but also newcomers Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige, who respectively starred as oddball teenager Oliver Tate and pyromaniac Jordana, the objection of his affection. (IMDB)

 

 

 
The Help
Kathryn Sockett’s ale of African-American maids in the 60s was a true word-of-mouth phenomenon in America, slowing rising through the Los Angeles Times bestseller list to eventually hit No 1 a year after its release. It was inevitable then that it would make it to the silver screen, and this autumn sees Emma Stone star as the daughter of a rich white family who takes a stand over civil rights.(IMDB)

 

 

 

 

One Day
The tearjerker that was ubiquitous on public transport is coming to cinemas, from An Education director Lone Scherfig, and starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturges as the central couple. The book is beloved by so many you can’t help but think that the film has an uphill struggle meeting its fans expectations. (IMDB)

 

 

 

 

We Need To Talk About Kevin
Lionel Shirver’s Orange Prize winning book was highly controversial on its release, not only for its depiction of a Colombine-style shooting but also for its deeply unsentimental take on the nurture versus nature debate. The film version, starring Tilda Swinton and John C Reilly and featuring music from Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, made its debut at this year’s Cannes festival, where it was met with rapturous acclaim. (IMDB)

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Any rundown of recent literary adaptations wouldn’t be complete without the young wizard’s final swansong. Harry, Ron et al bowed out in style, breaking box offices and wowing audiences around the world, even if the make up in that final scene is a bit iffy. (IMDB)

 

 

 

 

 

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Fresh off the success of The Social Network, David Fincher takes on the long awaited English language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s international crime bestseller. James Bond himself Daniel Craig steps amply into the shoes of journalist Mikael Blomkvist, though many have questioned how relative newcomer Rooney Mara can compete with Noomi Rapace’s take on Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish version. (IMDB)

 

 

 

 

The Big Picture 
The big screen adaptation of Douglas Kennedy’s superb novel switches the action from Connecticut to Paris, but loses none of the intrigue, tension and poignancy of the original story. Romain Duris (Heartbreak, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) proves he more than just a pretty face, giving a scintillating performance as a lawyer whose comfortable middle life is blown out of control in a moment of murderous rage. The cast is rounded out by a range of great European talent, including international screen legend Catherine Deneuve.(IMDB)

 

 

THE BIG PICTURE is released today in UK & Ireland.

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