Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Anticipating Wuthering Heights

The Gazette Series reports a local milestone:

A milestone visit turned into a celebration at the Wotton Electric Picture House as the 100,000th customer crossed the threshold.
The volunteer-run cinema has gone from strength to strength since it re-opened in 2005. And it was during last Friday night’s screening of Jane Eyre that the 100,000th customer entered the 100 seater cinema. Anne Cross, of Cherry Orchard, Wotton-under-Edge, had the lucky ticket and was presented with a bottle of champagne, a box of chocolates and a brand new Wotton-under-Edge photo calendar by Electric Picture House volunteer Rob Carruthers.
More local cinema news as The Express and Star lists the times and dates for showings of Wuthering Heights at Wolverhampton Light House:
Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë’s classic romance is given an austere, naturalistic interpretation in this adaptation from filmmaker Andrea Arnold which strips the story of much of its dialogue and adds a racial component to this tale of forbidden love. It follows the life of Heathcliff, a mysterious gypsy-like person, who rises in his adopted family and then is reduced to the status of a servant, running away when the young woman he loves decides to marry another. He returns later as a self-made man and sets about gaining his revenge on the two families that he believed ruined his life.
Digital Spy certainly recommends the film as one of 5 must-watch November movies:
Wuthering Heights
Release Date: November 11
Why you should see it: Oscar-winning British director Andrea Arnold follows up her acclaimed drama Fish Tank with Wuthering Heights, her unique take on Emily Brontë's tragic tale of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliffe (sic). Skins' Kaya Scodelario is Cathy, while newcomer James Howson is the brooding Heathcliff. The film itself will likely divide viewers and critics, but we took a shine to it after seeing it at the London Film Festival. (Simon Reynolds)
The Telegraph and Argus posts something that happened 25 years ago yesterday (November 2nd).
25 years ago: The Brontë sisters’ birthplace, the former Thornton Parsonage, was up for sale. Historians and speculators were preparing bids of up to six figures for the Bradford terraced house.
An alert from Wakefield, UK:
Members of the Crofton Reading group meet on Wednesday, November 2 in the library to meet Yorkshire playwright Michael Yates, whose recent play The Brontë Boy depicting Branwell Brontë’s life, has recently toured parts of Leeds, Halifax, Bradford and Wakefield. The male lead from the play won the best actor at the recent Wakefield Festival. Copies of the play will be available for purchase to reading group members. (Wakefield Express)
Blog and the Beast posts about 'Imagination and excitement in Jane Eyre' and Reading is Fashionable writes about the novel in general. Hamlette's Soliloquy discusses Jane Eyre 2011. Over the Edge thinks up a dream cast for The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë.

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