10 Fascinating Facts About Charlotte Brontë - On Wednesday 7th December, I’m very honoured to be returning to my old University, the University of Huddersfield, to give a public lecture on Charlotte Br...
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The producers of a major new film about the Bronte family say they soon hope to make further progress on casting actors for the key remaining roles.We are certainly looking forward to it!
The film, called The Brontës, is being made by Yorkshire-based Clothworkers Films, and is due to be released in April next year.
Actors’ roles are being chosen by casting director Sarah Leung.
One of the actors announced so far is Matthew Lewis, who will play Branwell Brontë. Mr Lewis is well known for playing the part of Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films.
Director David Anthony Thomas said he was expecting the rest of the selection process to be complete “within the next few months".
“A lot depends on the dynamics and interplay between the Brontës, both as family members and as chief protagonists, so that's where we've been focusing so far,” he said.
“The cast will be announced upon the completion of the casting process.
“The level of interest and anticipation has far surpassed our expectations, and it's unusual for a project at an early stage of development to achieve this level of excitement.
“It is very encouraging, and we look forward to building on this as we release more news over the coming months. We will be sharing our work with the thousands who've been following our progress so far.” (Miran Rahman)
Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books of all time and it has been adapted for big and small screen many times. Jane Eyre is Charlotte Brontë's best-known novel and saw her create one of literature's greatest heroines.Flavorwire also brings up the film when discussing the screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd.
In 2011, Jane Eyre was adapted for the big screen again with Cary Fukunaga, Moira Buffini on writing duties, and Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender cast as Jane Eyre, and Edward Rochester.
First and foremost, it was just perfect casting - Wasikowska is closer to the age of Jane in the book and was able to capture the strength, innocence, and vulnerability of this character perfectly. Fassbender is my favourite depiction of Rochester so far - an intense and flawed man who dominates every scene that he is in.
While Jane Eyre is a story that has been told more times than I care to count, there is something bold, fresh and modern about this adaptation. The fast-paced script and the sweeping cinematography breaths new live into this great tale.
Fukunaga has also told this story in a non-linear manner, which not only makes this feel like a new story, but it also allows the director to put his own stamp on Jane Eyre and the characters. It is one of the best adaptations of this terrific novel that I have seen and is a must for all fans of the book. (Helen Earnshaw)
So why is Vinterberg’s Far From the Madding crowd frustratingly mediocre?The Advocate reviews the Louisiana State University production of The Book Club Play in which
I think it’s because there’s a widespread misapprehension, both in Hollywood and among those of us who consume its products, that it’s nigh on impossible to make an exciting film adaptation of a classic novel. Apparently classic novels, particularly classic 19th-century novels, are boring to today’s audiences. The society they describe looks remarkably different from our own (if only at first glance), and even farther from contemporary pop culture. Everyone speaks formally and wears a corset, and sex is referred to in only the most elliptical fashion. This leaves screenwriters and directors with two options: they can expand inventively on what’s universally appealing in the book they’re adapting (as Cary Fukunaga recently did in his haunting Jane Eyre, or even as Amy Heckerling did with Clueless), or they can make a movie designed to please people who particularly enjoy corsets, chaste love stories, and stilted language. (Judy Berman)
Jen (Maggie McGurn) is another longtime club member, a bundle of aching loneliness who searches in vain for her Heathcliff, the romantic hero of “Wuthering Heights.” (George Morris)
If there has ever been a writer whose works speak for themselves — and for him — it is Mark Twain, and nowhere in his oeuvre is that as apparent as in his prodigious travel writings. Critics and fans can dispute whether “Tom Sawyer” or “Huckleberry Finn” is his magnum opus, but his literary fame certainly rests with those twin giants of American fiction. Which of them one prefers in the end comes down to personal taste, as is the case with those twin pillars of the 19th century English novel, “Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights.” Of course, they were written by sisters Charlotte and Emily Brontë, while Twain managed to produce both of his seminal works by himself. (Martin Rubin)
But when my students write, "Jane Eyre vocalized her inner emotions to Mr. Rochester" I underline "vocalized" as well as "inner emotions" and insist they write something more text-specific, precise and informative. "What do you mean and why is it important?" is what I usually ask.
By the third rewrite, they usually know what they mean and they know how to say it.
I've learned, after 28 years of teaching, that "vocalize," like "relatable," is a dodge: It is an intellectual sleight of hand. If a student defines a character as "relatable," I ask: Does that mean he's sympathetic, intriguing, recognizable, emotionally complex, cliched, seductive, likable, familiar, accessible or perspicuous? If my student says, "Yeah, that's right — relatable" I know she hasn't done any of the reading. (Gina Barreca)
It's a stark contrast to the way children interact with their schoolyard friends today, but it's nothing compared to Robinson's advice on how top treat women in a system that produced men with the kind of decorum and charm that most of us thought only existed in a Brontë novel. (James Dunn)