Friday, May 29, 2020

Remember the news about Emily's biopic? Well, it was said then that Joe Alwyn would play Emily’s 'conflicted lover' but according to Backstage
 the project has also bagged Joe Alwyn as William Weightman (Laurence Cook)
We sincerely hope that they are not repurposing the thoroughly charming William Weightman as Emily's 'conflicted lover'.

Backstage also adds:
Currently in pre-production, Emily is scheduled to film in Yorkshire in early 2021 and casting director Fiona Weir is attached and casting now. (Laurence Cook)
We still ask: where is Anne?

The Yorkshire Post reports that the film adaptation of The Railway children turns 50 this year but the planned celebrations, which involved the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, have been cancelled. However, you can celebrate by helping them.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Railway Children hitting the big screen.
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, which operates the line and stations which featured in the film, had planned events to coincide with the milestone – before the coronavirus pandemic plunged the organisation’s future into uncertainty.
Jenny Agutter, who shot to fame following her appearance as Bobby in the 1970 film, has encouraged people to donate to the Worth Saving appeal, to ensure the line’s continued operation.
She said: “I have many fond memories of working at Haworth and Oakworth and along that wonderful railway line.
“Like many others I find that steam trains hold a fascination for me.
“Since the filming, I have returned for visits and love seeing the beautifully restored and cared-for engines and travelling in the old carriages.
“Because of the present situation, people have been unable to visit the Worth Valley Railway. Now without support, this treasure of a place may not survive.
“After all the care and hard work, much of it voluntary, that has gone towards making this such a special place it would be a loss for us, for our children and for future generations, if it were to close.
“Fifty years on I am waving my red flannel petticoat, metaphorically, hoping it will make people aware of the need to give support now, so we can look forward to returning to the Worth Valley Railway in the years to come”.
Her sentiments are shared by Christopher Witty who played Jim, the boy runner the children rescued in the railway tunnel.
He said: “We were all so looking forward to coming back to Oakworth this summer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the making of the film but due to the current situation we all find ourselves in, that cannot be possible.
“We hope that when life returns to normal, and everyone both young and old are safe and well, we can return to help promote all that is good with the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and the film that has been so successful and endearing to our lives.”
The railway has said that sustained closure for months on end “threatens our very existence” and is trying to raise £200,000 to keep afloat “in the form you enjoyed it”.
So far, £140,000 has been raised. Matt Stroh, KWVR Society chairman, said: ‘These are unprecedented times for the Bronte Country line.
“The Worth Saving appeal has been launched to ask for donations from the railway’s supporters and those from far and wide who love steam locomotives and want to be able to relive the past into the future.”
He added: “We have had a good response and are now over half way to our target, but we desperately need a final push.” (John Blow)
Buzzfeed News lists Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia among other 'Summer Must-Reads For Fantasy Lovers'.
This is a must-read for fans of gothic writers like the Brontës, Daphne du Maurier, and Shirley Jackson, and also for those who enjoy the feminist, surreal fiction of Carmen Maria Machado. (Margaret Kingsbury)
Daily Maverick (South Africa) features Philani Dladla's autobiography The Pavement Bookworm.
Philani Dladla, who has written his autobiography, The Pavement Bookworm, was given his first book at the age of 11, for his birthday.
The gift, his first-ever birthday present, came from Joseph Castyline – an elderly man whom his mother worked for as a caregiver in his home-town of Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal. [...]
Castyline died a year after that. But, true to his word, he left to Dladla his entire collection of books, in the region of 500. Dladla says the bounty included the work of authors such as Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, Friedrich Nietzsche, Zakes Mda and Bantu Steve Biko. (Yanga Sibembe)
Cinematographe (Italy) recommends Jane Eyre 1986 as it can be seen on Iris TV tonight: (May 29, 23:14).

Interesting Literature shares a short analysis of Emily Brontë's poem 'To a Wreath of Snow'. Empire-Advance (Canada) features an 1899 copy of the complete Brontë novels belonging to Virden Pioneer Home Museum.

Yesterday, AnneBrontë.org marked the anniversary of the death of Anne Brontë with a celebration of her life.

Finally, in a new instalment of Treasures from the Brontë Parsonage Museum, The Sisters' Room shows the intriguing suede moccasins owned by Charlotte Brontë and supposedly 'left at the guesthouse in Scarborough where Anne died'. The display at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in 2017 only said that they had been purchased in Scarborough at the time of Anne's death.

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