Friday, February 26, 2016

Keighley News reports some developments concerning the Brontë biopic.
Shooting for a big budget film portraying the extraordinary lives of the Brontës will be taking place later this year.
The team behind the biopic 'The Brontës' have also revealed important new backing being offered to the film.
The £10 million movie is being made by Yorkshire-based Clothworkers films.
Director, David Anthony Thomas, said: "I met with David Wilson at Bradford UNESCO City of Film, who expressed strong interest in supporting the film.
"The nature of the deal is open, but for now they are keen to link us with the 116 other UNESCO Creative Cities, which will prove incredibly useful when we come to release the film, as a strong international release has always been expected for our project.
"They are also assisting us regionally, as the majority of the team are based in London."
He added: "We're starting the next round of casting and hope to be able to reveal more big names soon as they are cast.
"We are looking to shoot between November this year and January 2017 in almost entirely original locations, having met with the Brontë Society last week." (Miran Rahman)
Keighley News also features the new biography of Anne Brontë by Nick Holland.
In Search Of Anne Brontë is hailed as the first biography of the youngest Brontë siblings in over half a century.
Nick Holland’s book, in advance of Anne’s on bicentennial in 2020, claims to reveal a life filled with light and loss.
Nick Holland, who lives in Yorkshire, is a bestselling author, professional copywriter and active member of the Brontë Society, and he runs the website and blog
The History Press, the book’s publisher, said Anne Brontë was often overshadowed by her older and more famous sisters Emily and Charlotte.
Yet she remains a bestselling author nearly two centuries after her death at the age of 29.
A spokesman said: “Anne Brontë lived and died in total obscurity - nobody knew the private and honest woman was in fact bestselling author Action [sic] Bell - and yet her works and her life still fascinate readers nearly two hundred years on.
“The brilliance of Anne’s poetry and of her two boundary-pushing novels, the revolutionary Agnes Grey and the feminist Tenant of Wildfell Hall, belies the quiet, truthful woman who often lived in the shadows as the youngest Brontë.”
The “revealing” new biography opens Anne’s most private life to a new audience, and imparting her talents to a new generation.
It explores Anne’s life from birth and early childhood to her writing career and the great difficulties she faced in becoming a published author.”
In Search Of Anne Brontë is said to cover the true nature of her relationship with her sister Charlotte - one sometimes fraught with jealous rivalry.
Nick Holland pieces together a fuller picture of Anne’s life together using letters, firsthand accounts of close relatives and friends, and her own works.
He reveals that Agnes Grey contains 60 examples drawn from Anne’s experiences.
In Search of Anne Brontë will be published in March and will cost £20 in hardback. (David Knights)
And Keighley News also recommends another sort of Brontë-related book: the AA's 50 Walks in West Yorkshire.
And a potted history of the Brontës accompanies the description of a 7.5-mile walk from Haworth along the Brontë Way to Top Withens, the derelict farmhouse reputably the inspiration for the setting of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. (Alistair Shand)
Back to the movies, as Khaleej Times mentions the Indian take on Wuthering Heights Dil Diya Dard Liya.
Decades before Aisha and company, Dilip Kumar and Wah-eeda Rehman exuded high histrionics in Dil Diya Dard Liya, a rendition of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. The story of vindictive love was a commercial and critical disaster, driving its producer Abdur Rashid Kardar into virtual bankruptcy. (Khalid Mohamed)
El País (Spain) interviews actress Isabelle Huppert, who played Anne in André Téchiné's Les Soeurs. Brontë.
¿Qué importancia tuvo la cultura en su juventud? Una importancia inmensa, porque fue una fuente permanente de curiosidad, de placer y de vitalidad. Pero convertirme en una actriz conocida nunca formó parte de mis sueños. A menudo pienso en las hermanas Brontë, que vivieron toda su vida en un perímetro minúsculo, sin que su imaginario y su creatividad se vieran perjudicados por ello. Yo creo que podría haber sido actriz sin salir de mi habitación. De hecho, nunca me he inspirado en lo vivido, sino en mi propia imaginación, que es mucho más poderosa. (Álex Vicente) (Translation)
Two of them lived abroad for a while, though.

Cinema Retro reviews the Blu-ray release of the 1987 film adaptation of J.L. Carr's A Month in the Country.
The exploration of class distinctions and gender roles has been a staple in English drama in movies and TV for decades and the audience appears to always be hungry for more. The likes of Austen, Brontë and Dickens and stores of England through WWII have provided fertile ground for countless tales that continue to fascinate and entertain. (Doug Oswald)
NPR Music looks at the musical achievements of the Newman family.
Edmund Stone says that when Alfred Newman ran the studio's music division, he was a prolific composer whose lush, expressive music was intended to heighten the film's acting and dialogue. (Stone knows a thing or two about movie music; he hosts a radio show about it called The Score.)
"Wuthering Heights, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, How to Marry A Millionaire, The Song of Bernadette, How Green Was My Valley, and on and on," Stone marvels. "Hundreds of films that he either composed or conducted." (Neda Ulaby)
Here's how Asia Golf Online describes the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.
Fifty Shades of Grey is a Gothic novel masquerading as a Hollywood movie. It’s Wuthering Heights (Wuthering Tight?) with extra bondage scenes. 
The Daily Mail reviews ITV's Jericho describing it as a
bizarre hybrid of Wuthering Heights and Dodge City. (Christopher Stevens)
The Guardian replies to the recent New Yorker article on teenagers' reading habits.
More of the western canon isn’t the solution: the best conversations about books fold in a vast variety of perspectives. Teens read broadly and read deeply, and they read without bias. They clamor for diverse authors, they cross genres without batting an eye, and they’re as likely to read a story on Wattpad as they are one of the Brontë sisters. This open-mindedness marked my teenage years as well: I read great swaths of Denby-approved literature alongside millions of words of Harry Potter fanfiction. (I’m still doing this more than a decade later, and, full disclosure, I freelance for the New Yorker too.) Both camps sharpened my critical tools, and both gave me all the pleasure that reading affords. (Elizabeth Minkel)
Miami Herald interviews writer Peter Straub and asks about his daughter Emma, also a writer.
Q. And yet your daughter Emma Straub [author of “Other People We Married,” “The Vacationers” and the upcoming “Modern Lovers”] went into the family business despite all this! Emma is a very remarkable human being. It’s a terrible cliché, but she does have her head screwed on right. She’s absolutely determined in her core to do her job as well as she can do it. Making up a kind of life that seems as real as the one you actually have, that’s an odd activity, but Emma, it turns out, is good at it. … When she was right out of college she wrote a long Wuthering Heights-type novel set in high school. She gave me this manuscript about 800 pages long, and I took it with some trepidation. As soon as I started to read it, though, I could relax, because though it might have been kind of a mess, Emma could really write. She had this built-in ability to write very agreeable, well balanced, thoughtful, funny sentences. When you read her prose, you trusted her. This is a real gift. (Connie Ogle)
El Día de Córdoba (Spain) interviews writer Lucía Etxebarría and asks her about the writer's way of life.
-¿En qué son distintas las vidas de los escritores? -El escritor no tiene una vida diferente de las de los otros, aunque probablemente es una persona mucho más introvertida que las demás. Ha habido escritores con vidas disipadísimas como Hemingway y escritoras que se han pasado la vida en su casa como Emily Dickinson. Ha habido muchos escritores alcohólicos como Hemingway y Scott Fitzgerald y escritoras que no han probado el alcohol... Estoy contraponiendo escritoras con escritores, voy a pensar en un escritor sobrio... Desgraciadamente se tiene mucho la imagen del escritor alcohólico, y es cierto que es una imagen masculina porque tradicionalmente la mujer no se podía permitir darse al alcoholismo. George Sand, Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë..., eran escritoras con una vida muy moderada, por la cuenta que les traía. Ha existido una diferencia de género. Mi vida, por ejemplo, es de lo menos glamurosa. Yo compro en el Dia... (Alfredo Asensi) (Translation)
The Liverpool Echo thinks it's wrong on the part of Travelzoo not to have included Liverpool in its literary map of the UK and goes on to list several references to Liverpool in literature such as the fact that
5. Heathcliff, the dashing hero of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, is discovered as a homeless boy on the streets of Liverpool by Mr Earnshaw, who adopts him and takes him back to Yorkshire. (Laura Davis)
That may or may not have been a mistake, but this well and truly was: TIME magazine included Evelyn Waugh on its list of List of Most-Read Female Writers, as reported by KQED, which then lists female writers who wrote under male names such as the Brontës. Business Day Live (South Africa) features a homeless man who loves reading books, such as Wuthering Heights. BBC News describes singer Adele as 'alone and exposed like a Brontë heroine in the landscape'. Lots of Planets have a North tells about a visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum. Mimi Matthews posts about Jane Eyre and the Legend of the Gytrash.


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