EIBF 2011: five book-to-screen adaptations
Featuring Joe Dunthorne, Val McDermid, Michel Faber, Alan Hollinghurst and Alexander McCall Smith
This article is from 2011.
With his debut, Submarine, the Welsh poet and author captured the peculiar, rainy-day awkwardness of adolescence, and Richard Ayoade’s film, with Dunthorne’s assistance, did a fair old stab at bringing it further to life.
19 Aug, 10.15am, £10 (£8).
Taken from a line in TS Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’, Wire in the Blood brought Fifer McDermid to national attention thanks to Robson Green and Hermione Norris and some of the most lurid serial killers ever brought to ITV viewers. Which is saying something.
18 Aug, 6.30pm, £10 (£8).
Viewed by some as one of contemporary literature’s most unfilmable authors, the Beeb did a fine old job with the recent adaptation of Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White about the dark side of Victorian London featuring Romola Garai, Richard E Grant and Gillian Anderson.
18 Aug, 8.30pm, £7 (£5).
One of the quickest adaptation turnarounds in literary history, The Line of Beauty had barely had time to enjoy its status as the 2004 Booker winner when a BBC version arrived of this tale of a gay Oxford graduate in early to mid-80s Thatcherite Britain.
20 Aug, 8pm, £10 (£8).
Alexander McCall Smith
The gentle crime stories of Mma Ramotswe were shockingly transformed into a blood and guts-strewn horror thriller by David Cronenberg. Not really, the late Anthony Minghella was tasked with adapting The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency for the BBC and everyone thought it was all rather splendid.
19 Aug, 8pm; 20 Aug, 6.30pm, £10 (£8).