Monday, October 03, 2022

Screen Daily and quite a few others report the awards given to Emily at the Dinard British Film Festival.
Emily won the Golden Hitchcock for best film, with Emma Mackey receiving the award for best performance. The period drama also scooped the audience prize for best feature film. The film premiered at Toronto, and marks the directorial debut of actor O’Connor. 
Sex Education star Mackey plays a rebellious version of Wuthering Heights author Emily Brontë in the years leading up to her death aged 30, as she interacts with her pious father, siblings and her forbidden lover. Oliver Jackson Cohen, Fionn Whitehead and Adrian Dunbar round out the cast.
Emily is produced by Tempo Productions and Arenamedia, with Embankment handling sales. Wild Bunch will distribute in France, Warner Bros in UK and Bleecker Street in the US. (Mona Tabbara)
The Past features the new Brontë Room at Elizabeth Gaskell's House in Manchester.
Brontë room opens at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
A new permanent exhibition has opened at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Manchester, exploring the author and campaigner’s role in Victorian society, and how she and her daughters were involved in the early trade union movement, supported soup kitchens, and met and corresponded with the leading reformers, writers and artists of the time.
Supported by the AIM Biffa Award History Makers grant, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund, the new Brontë Room (named after Charlotte Brontë, who stayed at the house on several occasions and probably slept in this room) includes interactive screens, a newly commissioned film, and an interactive dressing table that uses touch and sound to transport visitors to Elizabeth’s preparations to attend the 1857 Art Treasures Exhibition in Manchester.
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is open every Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 11am to 4.30pm. See https://elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk for more details.
Coincidentally, AnneBrontë.org has a post on Elizabeth Gaskell.

The Emory Wheel features Jamaica Kincaid:
Being able to read by the time she was three allowed Kincaid to consume a wide range of books.
“I used to pretend I wrote ‘Jane Eyre,’” she added with her eyes twinkling. While talking, she was playful, often poking fun at herself. (Mitali Singh)
Ghosts can be friendly like Caspar (sic) or a soulmate like the one in Wuthering Heights or desi like Bulbbul, who may have consulted a numerologist on names. There are ghosts who favour Christmastime like those Scrooge saw and even one who eternally roams the afterworld for Wi-Fi in a short story by John Lanchester. While Yeti and Loch Ness keep us guessing, the house itself is the occult in a Shirley Jackson novel. KR Meera’s ghost in Aan-Pretam (He-Ghoul) has his ex-girlfriend roll her eyes: ‘Even when he’s a ghoul, a man is a man; shows off more than he’s got!’ (Shinie Antony)
A contributor to SC Times wonders what it is about British royals that captures the American imagination.
There was quite extensive coverage of the royal family. Some would say we fought a war to escape that, but fortunately we are free to react as we wish.
Most of us grew up reading English literature, books such as "Jane Eyre" and "Tale of Two Cities," and we have a common point of reference. And, of course, who hasn't spent a summer day with "Treasure Island" and the treacherous Long John Silver? (Barbara Banaian)
The Times publishes a University Challenge Test with the following question:
Your starter for ten:
2 Which 19th-century literary figure wrote the poem that begins: “No coward soul is mine”? After her death, a sibling described her verse as “wild, melancholy and elevating”. (Harry Wallop)

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