Film & TV posts

10 books to read before you see the films

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

On Chesil Beach is a masterful short novel from Ian McEwan. It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come and, unbeknownst to them both, the events of the evening will haunt them for the rest of th…

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Our top picks for MIFF 2018

Staff share what they’re planning to see at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) this year. You can find the full program here. Marie Matteson recommends queer content, Icelandic films & Frederick Wiseman

Whenever the Miff guide comes out the first thing I do is pore over the pictures looking for signs of queer content. This year I am happy to report that I will be heading off to …

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MIFF 2018 picks for booklovers

Every year, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) program features some great films inspired by literature. Here are some of our favourite books (and one short story) that will be shown on the big screen this year. Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin

Charley, a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete. When he learns Pete is bound …

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MIFF 2018 picks for kids & teens

While most films at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) are strictly 18+, their Kids Gala and MIFF Schools program stream present an array of high quality, diverse film for under 15s. Here is what’s on offer for kids and teens in 2018. SUITABLE FOR 3+ MIFF 2018 Kids Gala: The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

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Beautifully hand-drawn by animator and co-director Patri…

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Our favourite siblings in books & film

Our staff share some of their favourite fictional sibling relationships in books and film.

‘My favourite sibling pairings in books are generally on the more sinister side of things. One of my all-time favourite authors is A.S. Byatt, who is known for real-life sibling drama with her sister Margaret Drabble, also an author. Byatt’s book The Game details the relationship between two very competi…

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Popular TV shows matched to books

by Lian Hingee

Digital marketing manager Lian Hingee shares book recommendations for fans of popular TV shows. If you love Game of Thrones

The HBO TV series of Game of Thrones has introduced millions of readers to George R.R. Martin’s novels. If you’ve already read all of the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, then grab a copy of The Name of the Wind. This wonderfully-written novel charts the ea…

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Books coming to the screen in 2018

There are a stack of amazing books being adapted for the screen this year. Here are 10 of our favourites, and you can find plenty more picks by browsing our collections below. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Mary Ann Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society received a rave response from readers when it was first publis…

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The 10 bestselling DVDs at Readings in 2017

Here are our 10 bestselling DVDs from the past year. (We’ve also compiled our 100 bestselling books of 2017 and our 10 bestselling CDs of 2017.)

Our bestselling DVDs of last year reveal our customers' love of historical dramas, crime mysteries and cats!

Ceyda Torun’s documentary about the cats of Istanbul, Kedi was a favourite with staff as much as it was with customers this year, as was Tai…

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Five things that made me happy in 2017

by Nina Kenwood

Our marketing manager shares five things that made her feel happy this past year

2017 has been a very hard year for a lot of people, the kind of year where you take whatever sources of happiness you can find. To that end, here are four novels and a movie that gave me a lot of joy over the past 12 months, and I hope they might bring you equal amounts of joy also.

The Hating Game by Sally T…

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The best DVDs of 2017

by Jo Case

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 DVDs of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) Get Out

Cross The Stepford Wives with Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and the comedic brain of Key & Peele, and you …

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