Monday, April 01, 2013

Sheila Hancock's Perspectives: The Brilliant Brontë Sisters was finally broadcast last night (it is available for free for one month here). Previously she spoke to ITV's Daybreak about her lifelong love for the Brontës' work. The Dewsbury Reporter is thrilled that the programme visited the city:
Actress Sheila Hancock has visited the Spen valley to film a documentary about the Brontë sisters which will be screened on Easter Sunday– and learned all about a resident ghost.
Sheila visited Hollybank Trust’s Roe Head building in Mirfield and Red House Museum in Gomersal, where the sisters spent some of their formative years.  (...)
The film crew spent two hours at Roe Head taking shots of the 17th century building and the grounds.
Once her work was done, Sheila met staff and chatted to pupils at the school, which educates children and young people with profound and multiple disabilities.
Marketing Officer Rosey James showed her the more mysterious aspects of Roe Head.
Rosey said: “I pointed out the small attic door behind which the ghost of Roe Head is reputed to live. It’s at the top of a steep flight of steps which the story says is where a servant fell to her death. Sheila was very excited and insisted on going into the attic to see for herself.”
Sheila was shown round the attic rooms which used to be the servants’quarters and into a part of the attic which is unused. Through a gap in the wall, it is possible to see an antiquated, very dusty prayer kneeler covered in cobwebs.
The crew also travelled to Red House which Charlotte visited regularly during the 1830s.
You can follow our live tweet coverage here.

USA Today interviews the writer Roslyn Hardy Holcomb:
Michelle [Monkou]: From your books, which hero is a fan fave?
Roslyn:  (...) My other hero that I get a lot of feedback about is Koss from Try a Little Tenderness. Koss is an absolute sweetheart who loves Lola unconditionally despite the fact that she's an absolute head case. I guess he's Heathcliff with an electron microscope. (Can you tell I'm a bit hung up on Wuthering Heights?)
Michael Glitz announces the winners of the Ira awards (given by the New York Independent Film Critics) in The Huffington Post. Wuthering Heights 2011 appears in two categories:

1. Todd Woody Richman and Tyler H. Walk for How To Survive A Plague - 20 pts.
2. Bora Goksingol for Once Upon A Time In Anatolia - 17 pts.
3. Bill Morrison for The Miners' Hymns - 12 pts.
4. Wolfgang Widerhofer for Michael 10 pts.
5. Nicolas Chaudeurge for Wuthering Heights - 9 pts.
1. Kari Perkins for Bernie - 22 pts.
2. Colleen Atwood for Snow White and the Huntsman and Dark Shadows - 12 pts.
3. Steven Noble for Wuthering Heights - 10 pts.
4. (tie) Ruth Myers for The Deep Blue Sea - 9 pts.
Mark Bridges for The Master - 9 pts.
RTÉ interviews the artist Sara O'Neill:
 What inspires you?
Music, film, history, art, fashion, theatre and literature are great sources of inspiration. My last exhibition ‘Love me to Death’ was based on classic gothic literature and one of my favourite shoots was inspired by Wuthering Heights.

Readers News (South Korea) announces a series of lectures about British novel at the KU Department of English Language and Literature, including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights:
19세기에, 유럽에서 아무 의지할 곳도 도와줄 사람도 없는 젊은 여성이 생존하기 위해서는 자기의 존재를 드러내지 않으면서 사는 길밖에는 없었던 것이다. 비록 그 고통을 편지에 담아 땅에 묻고 길거리에서 혼절하는 한이 있어도. 그래서 『빌렛트』는 샬롯트 브론테가 주인공의 침묵을 빌어 절규하는 소설이다.  (...)
이 작품은 출간됐을 때는 기괴하고 잔인한, 소설 같지도 않은 소설이라며 반감을 사고 외면당했으나 점차 언니 샬롯트의 성공작 『제인 에어』를 능가하는 사랑과 격찬을 받았고 20세기부터는 독보적인 명작으로 확고한 위치를 지니고 있다. 아마도 너무도 속악한 세상, 사랑도 이해타산을 초월할 수 없는 삶을 사는 독자들에게 모든 것을 무력화하는 핵폭풍과 같은 사랑의 위력이 주술적인 힘을 발휘하는 것 같다. (Translation)
Freshman Monroe Scholars Summer Research Projects gives the abstract of one of the projects: The Novels of Charlotte Bronte: Fact, Fiction, or Far In-Between? by Mary Griffith; Shut Up and Let Me Read and Penny's Bokblogg (in Swedish) reviews Jane Eyre.

Finally an announcement from the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
Do you own old photographs of the Parsonage or Haworth? Is there a picture of you as a child standing on the front steps? Or playing in the meadow? Walking up Main Street? Or playing hide-and-seek in the churchyard? If so, we’d like to you bring them in and show us – as you visit the Museum for free! – on Sunday April 14, ‘Go Local Day’.
‘Go Local’ Day is when you can visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum and many other local attractions free if you live in postal areas BD20, BD21 or BD22. To celebrate the day and our new exhibition, ‘Heaven is a Home’, which focuses on all the people who lived at the Parsonage as well as the Brontes, we’re collecting local people’s pictures, and would love to copy them to add to our exhibition either in the Museum, or online.
So for free entry to the Museum on April 14, just bring a utility bill or driving license showing you live locally – and if you have pictures, too, we’d love to copy them to add to our collection. Our doors open at 10am, and last entry is at 5pm before we close at 5.30pm.


  1. Is Perspectives available in the U.S.?

  2. I'm afraid that is not, as the ITV player only works (in theory) in the UK. You should use a proxy or look around for torrents.