Screenwriter of The Hours
The tickets for this pre-preview of Stephen Daldry’s The Hours, starring Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf, had sold out within a week. Therefore, we were expecting a buzzing crowd to descend on the Institut Francais Cinema for this event in aid of English PEN and the Charleston Trust, an organisation which exists to celebrate the lives and works of the Bloomsbury Group – and we were not disappointed.
Whether it was the lure of committed PEN member David Hare’s after-show talk, or the impressive clutch of award nominations the film has attracted, we were delighted that so many people turned out on a drizzling Sunday morning to support the event. The Institut Francais provided a very warm welcome in salubrious surroundings before the audience settled down to watch the screen adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel.
After the audience had recovered from the film’s emotional impact, screenwriter David Hare took to the stage to explain how he had approached adapting the book for the screen. He talked about the triangular structure of the work, and of the film’s almost ‘genre-less’ appeal, being neither a literary biopic, nor a typical Hollywood ‘women’s picture’. The varied audience took the opportunity to quiz David on some of his choices, and a lively discussion finished off the morning.
English PEN was delighted to collaborate with the Charleston Trust for this event. We also thank everyone at the Institut Francais who facilitated such a memorable and insightful showing.
Report by Tanya Andrews
Scenes from The Hours
Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf
Julianne Moore as Laura
Meryl Streep as Clarissa
visit the film’s official site
Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/events/reportsonrecentevents/thehours/