Sophie Barthes' Madame Bovary is finally arriving on DVD in the UK and fights it corner well as a worthy adaptation of the Gustave Flaubert novel and yet as time goes on, it seems to become harder and harder for filmmakers to create their own vision of this well known tale.
When it comes to literal titles, The Dinner certainly addresses its brief. An adaptation of Herman Koch’s novel, this is a dinner tale infused with clammy claustrophobia. It is also more puffed out and bloated ... Read More...
Christopher Menaul's Summer in February is based upon the 1995 novel by Jonathan Smith, which concentrates on a group of artists called the Lamorna Group, who were based in Cornwall during the early 20th century. This bohemian group included Alfred Munnings (played by a very out of place Dominic Cooper), who in 1944 was elected president of the Royal Academy of Art, Laura Knight (a scene stealing Hattie Morahan) and Harold Knight (Shaun Dingwall). In their own private world, these artists and their friends lived by their own rules, finding art in everything they looked at and always working to make sure they get better and better. But that was during the day, when the evening's came, the drinks would be served and everyone would enjoy themselves and their lives.
Charlotte Rampling gives a powerhouse performance as the overbearing dying matriarch in Fred Schepisi's adaptation of Patrick White's 1973 novel, The Eye of the Storm. Rampling plays Elizabeth Hunter who for one reason or other is the owner of a beautiful estate in the Sydney suburb of Centennial Park.