Bridport Page to Screen Festival celebrates 150 years of films with exhibition

Bridport Page to Screen Festival celebrates 150 years of films with exhibition

BLOCKBUSTERChiwetel Ejiofor in a still from 12 Years A Slave

CURATOR: author Jon Ronson

First published in News Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Photograph of the Author by

AS tickets go on sale for Bridport’s Page to Screen Festival the arts centre will host an exhibition celebrating 150 years of screen adaptations.

The World of Dreams exhibition, from March 8 to April 5, showcases more than a century of artefacts related to adaptation, from the collections of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum in Exeter.

Museum curator Dr Philip Wickham will be talking about the artefacts and the stories behind them on Saturday, March 22 at 2pm. Entry is free.

Dr Helen Hanson of Exeter University will discuss the history of adaptation on Saturday, April 5 at 1pm.

The Page to Screen festival, from April 2 to 6, will feature more than 20 films, including Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave, The Railway Man, Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down and Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita.

Polly Gifford, director of Bridport Arts Centre, said: “The 2014 line-up really does have something for everyone and we are looking forward to welcoming film-lovers of all ages and tastes to this fabulous event.’’ The films have been chosen by this year’s curator Jon Ronson – journalist, documentary filmmaker and author.

He has chosen films that reflect themes from his writing career as well as long-standing favourites. Lolita is being shown alongside Ronson’s 2008 documentary ‘Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes’.

He spent a year following Kubrick before his death and his wife Christiana Kubrick will be a guest speaker at the screening.

Ronson has also chosen the film Badlands – to reflect his fascination with psychopaths.

Badlands was adapted from news reports of a real life story and stars Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. Ronson said: “Adaptation is a strange process, as strange as the film industry itself, and I’m really looking forward to drawing out the strangeness in the Q&As with the brilliant, accomplished, world-renowned people who have agreed to come – Nick Hornby, Christiane Kubrick, Peter Straughan and Lenny Abrahamson.

“We’re also showing what I honestly believe to be among the best adaptations ever made, and if the curator is supposed to bring his or her interests to the festival, this one is chock full of mine – psychopaths, outsider musicians and soldiers who try and kill goats just by staring at them.”

The opening night will see a pre-release screening of Frank, which received rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

It was directed by Lenny Abrahamson and co-written by Ronson and Peter Straughan, a writer and director best known for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Ronson will then talk to Straughan and Abrahamson about the film.

Ronson is also telling the true story behind the movie in his show Frank: My Story.

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