Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018 11:35 am by Cristina in , , , , , , ,    No comments
York Press Arts editor Charles Hutchinson picks his favourite culture events of 2017.
Stage production of the year in York made outside York: Jane Eyre, National Theatre, Grand Opera House, York, May
"You will not see a better theatre show in York this year, and you won't have seen a better theatre show in York since The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time". So The Press review stated in May. How true that proved to be. Sally Cookson's devised production of vivid, vital imagination brought Jane Eyre back to Yorkshire with breathtaking results.
The Guardian discusses 'the new wave of progressive costume drama'.
The rise of progressive-minded historical dramas – as opposed to the sunlit Laura Ashley-style period films of the 1980s and 90s (think Room with a View to Shakespeare in Love), and the likes of TV’s Downton Abbey – goes back to films such as Andrea Arnold’s radical adaptation of Wuthering Heights, which cast mixed-race actor James Howson as Heathcliff, and the Amma Asante-directed Belle, the 18th-century-set biopic of Dido Belle, who went from childhood among slaves on a West Indian plantation to frilled frocks in Kenwood House. (Andrew Pulver)
Filmmaker Magazine interviews cinematographer Noah Greenberg about his work for the film Lizzie.
Filmmaker: Were there any specific influences on your cinematography, whether they be other films, or visual art, of photography, or something else?
Greenberg: There were a number of random influences in terms of palette, tone, lighting, and camera movement, but three films that were consistently a part of the conversation were Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Wuthering Heights and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
The Scotsman reviews the book Literature And Union - Scottish Texts, British Contexts, edited by Gerard Carruthers and Colin Kidd and makes a moot point:
Is there a difference between Scottish and English literature? Indubitably. There could not not be, just as there is a difference between literature from Norfolk or Newcastle or Nairobi or New York. One thing does strike me though. In the works of Smollett, Scott, Stevenson and Buchan, for example, we have peripatetic narrators, who cross borders. In much of “English” literature, we have settled communities – Wuthering Heights, Middlemarch, Barchester, Casterbridge – into which there is an intrusion. (Stuart Kelly)
Fodor's Travel recommends '12 Essential Stops in Ireland’s Most Haunted County', ie. County Offaly.
Charlotte Brontë’s Irish Honeymoon
WHERE: Banagher, County Offaly
Arthur Bell married into the famous literary Brontë family. He brought his new wife, Charlotte Brontë , to his childhood home in County Offaly on their honeymoon. The couple visited the old parsonage and Bell’s future home, now a guesthouse called Charlotte’s Way. The current owners are well versed on the Brontë sisters’ sickly fates, their Irish father, and Charlotte’s Irish husband, as the house became a shrine to the family when Bell returned to stay some years after he was widowed. It puts Charlotte’s Way right onto Ireland’s literary map. (Vic O'Sullivan)
Shetland News inquires into Shetland Library's most loaned books in 2017 and we are surprised to find this:
Library manager Karen Fraser said downloadable talking and audio books are becoming increasingly popular.
"Some of our top authors haven't changed much in recent years, but we always find the trends in these charts quite interesting," she said.
"Clive Cussler and Ann Cleeves have the highest e-book loans, though interestingly Charlotte Brontë's Villette makes a respectable third place."
Much as we love writer Elizabeth Taylor, we don't think her works have much to do with Emily Brontë's as Welt (Germany) claims:
Die Romane der Engländerin Elizabeth Taylor (1912–1975) werden oft mit denen von Jane Austen oder Emily Brontë verglichen. (Translation)
The Thousander Club posts about Wuthering Heights and Steve Pafford celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of Kate Bush's musical take on it.

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