Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013 2:56 pm by M. in , , , , ,    No comments
The Telegraph & Argus echoes the Rachel Teate casting as Anne Brontë in the Clothworkers Films Brontë biopic project:
Responding to the news last week, the actress, who is originally from North Yorkshire, said: “I’m incredibly excited about being part of the film, and being able to play Anne Brontë is a dream – I can’t wait to start filming!”
Yorkshire-based Clothworkers Films revealed in October it is targeting an estimated budget of £10 million for its planned biopic about the Brontë siblings – Charlotte, Emily and Anne.
The production company said the film will be the world’s first English-language project of its kind. The two-hour film is due to be released on April 21, 2016. (...)
She added: “I’ve never been to Haworth before, but I’m definitely going to pop up in the New Year before any filming to do my own research.
“It’s an amazing feeling knowing someone has so much trust in your ability. The Brontë sisters are so iconic that I need to make very strong and accurate character choices. Luckily, Anne is very feisty, but you see a softer side to her, which I’m looking forward to exploring.(...)
“I studied A-level English literature, so did some work on Wuthering Heights. I loved the writing style and how dramatic it was, but never read anything by Anne Brontë. So this year I hope Santa brings me The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall!”
Director, David Anthony Thomas, said: “I’m absolutely delighted Rachel has agreed to play Anne Brontë.
“In the Brontës film, Anne is an incredibly challenging and complex character, with a fantastic personal journey, and I feel Rachel is the perfect choice to play her. I know her casting will please both Brontë purists and the general cinema-going public.”
EADT24 Ipswich discusses the sponsors of  the production The Brontës of Dunwich Heath and Cliff:
Two firms have joined forces to support a wuthering new festive panto taking a sideways look at the celebrated novels of the Brontë sisters.
Legal eagles Barker Gotelee have joined forces for the first time with long-time sponsors Ensors chartered accountants to support Eastern Angles’ The Brontës of Dunwich Cliff and Heath.The madcap interpretation of Wuthering Heights features Mad Cath, Plain Jane and a panoply of off-the-wall characters, as literature and laughs combine in the musical Christmas caper. 
The Alternative Press (Sparta, NJ) talks about the Poetry Out Loud Contest held in the Sparta High School on December 16:
Rebecca Senatore won the competition with her presentation of “Ah! Why Because the Dazzling Son” by Emily Brontë.
The poem is also known as Stars (1845).

The Guardian reviews the re-release of Jack Clayton's memorable film The Innocents:
Removed from the world in an idyll of apparent purity, things darken as the governess perceives, or perhaps merely imagines, that the children's last governess, Miss Jessel, and her Heathcliff-esque lover, the virile servant, Peter Quint, have returned from the dead to possess the children. (Michael Newton)
The Mirror highlights the Jane Eyre 2011 airing on BBC Two:
This adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic romantic drama stars Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Jamie Bell, and tells the tale of a governess who gradually manages to soften the heart of her abrupt new house master. However, when she discovers he is hiding a terrible secret, it threatens to destroy their relationship.( David Edwards , Kevin O'Sullivan , Mark Adams , Claire Hodgson).
The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR) reviews a local production of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata:
The real Duplessis, as did Verdi’s star-crossed heroine in “La Traviata,” died young of tuberculosis. The ravaging respiratory disease claimed many famous lives during Verdi’s career, including poets John Keats and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, writers Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Bronté (sic), and fellow composer Frederic Chopin. (Randi Bjornstad)
The Personal Tech section of the New York Times gives advice for all the new owners of e-readers:
While you may see a lot of self-published romance and fantasy works among the free offerings, many freebies are classics now out of copyright and in the public domain. You can find “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” by Arthur Conan Doyle, Frederick Douglass’s autobiography and “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, as well as many works by Jane Austen, Mark Twain, the Brontë sisters, William Shakespeare and other notable authors. (J.D. Biersdorfer)
Time Magazine traces a profile of Joan Fontaine:
Opposite Orson Welles in Jane Eyre and Louis Jourdan in Letter from an Unknown Woman, she created indelible portraits of shy girls who summon the resources to match the whims of imperious men. (Richard Corliss)
The Kalamazoo Gazette presents the novel Paint by Grace Tiffany, based on the figure of Emilia Bassano Lanier (a candidate to be Shakespeare's 'dark lady'):
"She did some amazing things. ... She was the first Englishwoman who was not an aristocrat to get her poems published. She ran a school. She was an independent, intellectual woman about 200 years before the Brontës," Tiffany said. "So she's worth a story." (Yvonne Zipp)
This is Money makes a 2013 economical quiz. One of the questions is:
29/. Which famous woman will appear on banknotes after a feminist campaign? a) Emily Brontë; b) Emmeline Pankhurst; c) Elizabeth Fry; d) Jane Austen
Regrettably the answer is not a) as you well know.

La Verdad (Spain) interviews the writer Diane Setterfield:
Comparada por su pulso decimonónico con Dickens, Jane Austen o las hermanas Brontë, la autora resta importancia a los elogios de la crítica y prefiere definirse como «lectora antes que escritora». (Mónica Bergós) (Translation)
The Brontë Parsonage Christmas Tree can be seen here; another nice Jane Eyre 2006 collage by lizzymaxia.


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