book to film
Late last year we saw the film based on Ian McEwan’s Atonement. Good books deserve faithful or astutely perceptive adaptations into film; otherwise one just ends up resenting the attempt. The film of Atonement was very well done: the sets and the acting conjuring the intent and themes of the story to very large degree faithfully. When i went back and reread the book soon after i thoroughly enjoyed being reimersed in its world, while the visual memories of the film in no way detracted from my enjoyment.
Recently came news that Niki Caro is to direct a film version of Elizabeth Knox’s The Vintner’s Luck. I am both excited and trepidatious. This novel is amongst those i treasure most, and so of course i want the film to do it utmost justice. Of the few details The Press news item intimated, there seems considerable promise. The director is accomplished; it is a joint NZ-French production; and Sobran, the vintner, is played by handsome blond Belgian, Jérémie Renier [who, incidentally, appears in a minor role in Atonement], his wife by Keisha Castle-Hughes.
This news had to be shared with Séb, in France, since he too holds this book dear, having read it during his year studying English here in Christchurch. And just last week he came back to me with more promising news: Xas, the angel, is to be played – so very fittingly – by sexy M. Gaspard Ulliel. Better and better.