Sunday, October 03, 2010

Whodunits and Lunatic Spouses

Alert reader Corey has pointed us to another name in the cast of Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights is already public: Frances Earnshaw is played by Amy Wren according to management agency Waring & McKenna.

Picture credits: Catherine Bradley 

The Telegraph reviews the paperback release of P.D. James's Talking About Detective Fiction:

Acknowledged as the prime expert in the genre, PD James now gives us some ideas on how to do it, and indeed on fiction in general, for her net is wide, her examples going well outside whodunits and embracing such as Austen and the Brontës. (Nicholas Bagnall & Holly Kyte)
As a matter of fact P.D. James only mentions briefly Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Project Q Atlanta explains quite explictly one of the appearances of Wuthering Heights in the film The Four-Faced Liar:
When we first meet [Marja-Lewis] Ryan’s character Bridget (top photo from film, left) in the lesbian comedy, she’s on the john, smoking a cig, reading Emily Brontë. (Jim Farmer)
Emily Brontë's novel is, according to The Sun which quotes from the book The Nation's Favourite... The UK's Best-Loved Things by Mathew Clayton, British people's favourite love story.

Lancaster Sunday News publishes an article about Libby Sternberg's Sloane Hall:
A creepy mansion, a powerfully attractive employer, strange cries in the night, a tragic fire.
Put them together and you get what Lancaster resident Libby Sternberg calls "my reimagining of [Charlotte] Brontë's classic, set in old Hollywood." But, "I will tell readers right now — there is no lunatic spouse in the attic!" the author says.
Sternberg's new historical novel for adults, "Sloane Hall," may have been inspired by "Jane Eyre," but it "tells a fresh story of obsession and forgiveness," she says. (...)
"I wanted it to be a re-creation of the emotional journey found in 'Jane Eyre,' with recognizable references to the original storyline," said Sternberg, who admits to be a huge fan of the classic.
That means that there is a secret in the attic after all, even if it's not the insane spouse.
In conceiving the secret, "I wanted to re-create the feelings that 19th-century readers might have had — equal measures of sympathy and disgust," Sternberg said. (Jo-Anne Greene)
Collider interviews Ruth Wilson who is in the US presenting her latest film Luther. But Jane Eyre 2006 is still very present in the mind of her interviewers:
Ruth, your past roles in Jane Eyre and Small Island were set in time periods where women had to submerge their intelligence a little bit. Now, you’ve got this character who fiercely uses her intelligence as a weapon, all the time. What is it like to have been in those period pieces and then, suddenly, be this extremely modern woman?
Ruth: It’s fantastic. What you aim for, as an actor, is to be able to play a range of different roles. What I found with those characters was that they were very much intelligent women, but were unable to express themselves fully. They were also emotionally driven. They were driven by a loss or a love, or an oppression of both of those. (...) (Christina Radish)
Precisely, the series is recommended today on Between the Pages.

The Australian describes in a quite cryptic way the athletes’ village in the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010:
For extended periods each night the village resembles a set on Wuthering Heights or Sherlock Holmes as the fumigators go into action.
The Brussels Brontë Blog commemorates the 100th anniversary of the demolition of the Pennsionat Heger (and the Quartier Isabelle) quoting from a (fascinating) contemporary press clip.

YA Bookmark features Clare B. Dunkle's The House of Dead Maids; Project Read loves Jane Eyre; Susie's Blog loves and posts extensively about Wuthering Heights and Peter Von Brown posts about Sarah Gray's Wuthering Bites.

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ksotikoula said...
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Hi! The link to "Project Read" leads to "Brussels Bronte Blog" and I can't in fact find any blog or page named Project Read anyway :)

M. said...
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Thanks for telling us. We have now corrected the link.

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