Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016 11:01 am by M. in , , ,    1 comment
The Daily Express never disappoints. Talking about To Walk Invisible, its main concern is the use of the 'f-word' which will shock 'sensitive' viewers (it seems that the other viewers are unsensitive)... Sic transit gloria mundi.
To Walk Invisible: The f-bomb shocker that will stun viewers and Brontë sisters alike
Sensitive viewers are in for a shock when the BBC screens a new period drama about the Brontë sisters over Christmas.
Branwell Brontë, played by Adam Nagaitis, uses the f-word within minutes in the opening episode when he is arguing with his father, Patrick, portrayed by Jonathan Pryce.
The drama, called To Walk Invisible, will go out just after the 9pm watershed four days after Christmas.
Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright, who is no stranger to controversial drama, said: “There was a debate about whether Branwell would use the word f***. I wasn’t sure about it, but I’m reliably informed that he would have used that word.
“We also talked about the word congress, used by Charlotte Brontë in the scene, then we finally decided that it was an appropriate euphemism.”
The biggest challenge was the dialogue, to try to make it feel authentic and alive
Sally Wainwright
At the press launch in London, there was also discussion about whether the words addictive behaviour would have been used in the 1840s to describe the personality of Branwell.
Sally explained:
“The biggest challenge was the dialogue, to try to make it feel authentic and alive.
“We have a sort of period drama language now but I wanted to make it a bit more vibrant and alive. I didn’t want it to sound old-fashioned. (David Stephenson)
The Daily Mail has an article on Chloe Pirrie, Emily Brontë in the film:
The big idea? To Walk Invisible is written and directed by Sally Wainwright, of Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax fame. It tells the story of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë – and their brother Branwell, an alcoholic and drug addict.
To prepare, Chloe read Emily’s poetry and her only novel Wuthering Heights. ‘There’s a real wildness and violence to the story that I had never noticed as a teenager,’ says Chloe, 29. (Laura Silverman)
In the same tabloid, a profile of Miriam Margoyles:
Words of wonder
Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, Emily Brontë and George Eliot all inspire me. My favourite book may be Oliver Twist. (Olivia Buxton)
The Times Educational Supplement talks about the effect a comment from a teacher can have:
We make hundreds of comments to students every day, often without even thinking. We trust ourselves, and so we should. We are professionals with good intentions.
But it’s also worth considering that one throwaway remark, made from a good place, can be remembered, forever. It can create its own legacy.
Children, regardless of how some appear, have the most impressionable of souls.
When, in 1895, Albert Einstein’s teacher told him he will “never amount to anything”, do you think he remembered? Do you think it inspired him to more?
When Charlotte Brontë was told that she “writes indifferently”, did it make her want to prove them all wrong? (Thomas Rogers)
Communities Digital News talks about the the Keighley Worth Valley Railway:
The KWVR Company opened in 1867 when wealthy mill owners funded the project in order to get their products to market. The sound of the engine sent echoes throughout the steep sides of the valley while gigantic clouds of steam rose from the rails.
One of the major problems in operating the line was the steep gradient from Keighley which has always been a challenge for steam locomotives.
Many of the wool mills that lined the tracks no longer exist, but those that do remain are permanent reminders of the glory days of textiles in that part of the country.
Coal was as important for the mills as it was for the railroad, so hundreds of tons of it was transported into the valley to keep looms running and the trains operating. Though the journey was only five miles long, it was romanticized by the Brontë sisters, Emily, Charlotte and Anne. (Bob Taylor)
Movies NDTV celebrates the 94th anniversary of Dilip Kumar:
In 1966, Dilip Kumar tried his hand at direction with Dil Diya Dard Liya, the Hindi adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic novel, Wuthering Heights. The film was co-directed by A R Kardar.
Dilip Kumar played the lead role in the movie, which also featured Waheeda Rehman, Pran, Rehman, Shyama and Johnny Walker.
El Mundo (Spain) describes the football field of the Osasuna team:
El frío constante y la niebla habitual han revestido al campo navarro de ese aire a las lúgubres colinas del norte de Inglaterra en las que se ambienta 'Cumbres borrascosas'. Allí donde la felicidad es una ilusión pasajera, donde sólo importa la supervivencia. (Sergio R. Viñas) (Translation)
Kookbokery reviews Jane Eyre.

1 comment:

  1. The brouhaha over language stems from the fact that we do NOT have the original manuscripts of the Brontë children which are said to have included commonly used vulgarities of Yorkshire dialect. Those hand written manuscripts would be invaluable additions to the Brontë legend. Surely there are comparable writings of the period and place where such language is documented. Perhaps some historian familiar with period language can respond to these pages by way of enlightenment.