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Friday, May 15, 2009

The recent re-cast of the Wuthering Heights film project is not the only piece of Brontë film news coming from Cannes 2009. It seems that Tamasha's à la Bollywood Wuthering Heights... will really be a Bollywood film:
Ex-soap star Deepak Verma is hoping his Bollywood movies can emulate the success of Oscar-winner Slumdog Millionaire. (...)
He has three movies in production with his company, Pukkanasha Films, and is no stranger to the festival.
His Bollywood version of Wuthering Heights is currently being developed as a film. (Independent Television News -ITN)
Pol-Piniwn talks about the London performances in Welsh.

The Knaresborough Post has an article on the Open Gardens day at Little Ouseburn. The place has Anne Brontë connections as it was in the Holy Trinity Church in Little Ouseburn where she and the Robinson family worshipped when she was a governess at Thorp Green.
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LITTLE Ouseburn is holding its Open Gardens day this weekend on Sunday, May 17.
Villagers are hoping for fine weather, following an excellent day last year when visitors came from across the north of England to view the gardens.
Taking place from 10am till 5pm, proceeds from the event this year will be shared equally between the church and the village hall.
The village centre is a Conservation Area with a Grade One 12th century church. Following a ten year restoration programme, the Thompson Mausoleum associated with Anne Brontë, situated in the churchyard, will be open for visitors on the day.
Around 12 gardens will be open for the public, ranging from the grand to the jewel-like in size, from traditional to contemporary in design. There will also be home-made lunches and teas, a plant stall and tombola.
Adults £4 with children free. Car parking and a courtesy bus service available with disabled parking and wheelchair access to many of the gardens.
Bodoï reviews Édith & Yann's Les Hauts de Hurlevent:
Et c’est toute la force de cette adaptation de Yann et Édith : parvenir à transcrire la noirceur du roman d’Emily Brontë. Une dureté d’autant plus exacerbée qu’elle contraste avec le trait enfantin et charmant d’Édith. Baignées dans la douce lumière des crayons de la dessinatrice, les landes de Hurlevent n’en sont que plus fantomatiques et intrigantes. Habilement manipulés par Yann, les personnages gagnent en quelques pages toute leur profondeur. Une jolie réussite. (Alison Reber) (Google translation)
The Wall Street Journal presents Lilian Pizzichini's biography of Jean Rhys, The Blue Hour:
Born on the Caribbean island of Dominica in 1890, Jean Rhys, the daughter of a Creole-Scotch mother and a Welsh physician, sailed to England in 1907 to be educated at a posh boarding school.
Of course her story wouldn't be as interesting if things had worked out as her family had planned. She soon abandoned the school. On her way to becoming a writer in Paris (where she fell into the literary circle around the writer Ford Madox Ford), she took on various roles and jobs, including stints as a chorus girl and a prostitute. She went on to author the 1966 novel "Wide Sargasso Sea," a book many critics consider a classic of post-colonial literature. (Colin Channer)
The Alexandria Echo Press advocates for a rule for a compulsory list of characters at the beginning of books:
Same with Emily Bronte, author of Wuthering Heights, that sinister and brooding work of genius which I just finished reading for the third time in my life. Trouble with that masterpiece is Bronte shifts around time, and two of the characters, mother and daughter, are both named Catherine. (Dennis Dalman)
The Brontë Parsonage Blog publishes the following call for help:
I am compiling a census of two Bruxelles 1849 editions of Jane Eyre in French language. If any one knows of any copy other than those listed below, please let me know. (Read more)
My speculation is that other copies will turn up in personal Brontë or Victorian woman writer collections or library shelves of people who have inherited books and don’t know the significance of what they have.
If you know of other copies of either edition, please contact me at: jalindseth@aol.com
(John Lindseth)
Books I done read has read Wuthering Heights and Amor Vincit Omnia (and thecupcakegoddess on flickr) Jane Eyre. The novel by Charlotte Brontë is reviewed on Rhiannon Hart. Holly Hock reviews Agnes Grey in Swedish, The Romantic proposes her perfect cast for a Brontë biopic (but seems a little bit outdated concerning Michelle Williams involving in Angela Workman's project).

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