Film & TV posts

Literary-inspired period dramas to watch this winter

Winter is most certainly here and with that in mind, here’s some literary-inspired period dramas for you for to snuggle up with during the cold evenings – all sorted by the historical period they’re set in. 1529, Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall is an intimate portrait of Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant and ruthless advisor in the court of Henry VIII. As he walks the corridors of power at the Tudor court…

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Our top picks from the Alliance Française French Film Festival

Our staff bring us an update from the Alliance Française French Film Festival – what they’ve seen so far and what’s still to come! Mark Rubbo on Gemma Bovery:

I had the privilege of attending the opening night which included a viewing of Gemma Bovery – a funny retelling of Madame Bovary’s classic story. The film is based on a popular graphic novel by Posy Simmonds. Skilfully directed by Anne …

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Wild: Book vs. Film

Nina Kenwood and Bronte Coates talk about Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild, and how the recent film adaptation compares to the book.

Bronte: I read Wild based on your recommendation but otherwise I never would’ve picked it up as it didn’t sound like the sort of thing I’d enjoy. I absolutely loved it (of course). Why did you pick it up in the first place?

Nina: I think I read something about it …

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The 25 bestselling DVDs at Readings in 2014

Here are our 25 bestselling DVDs from the past year.

Crime and politics dominate our top sellers with every currently available season of The Bridge, House of Cards (both the US and UK versions) and Borgen all listed below. Three new crime shows have also proved popular: The Fall which stars Gillian Anderson of The X-Files fame, Morden: The Fjällbacka Murders which is based the books of Swedis…

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Our favourite (and worst) Christmas films

Our staff share their favourite – and sometimes their least favourite – films for Christmas time.

My all-time favourite Christmas movies are Home Alone and While You Were Sleeping. But over the past few years I started a new tradition for myself of watching super cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies (Hallmark releases a new batch every Christmas). So far this holiday season I’ve enjoyed Christmas

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Four Australian books are becoming TV shows & films

Here are four upcoming Australian book-to-TV-&-film adaptations that have our staff excited! (Three are supported by Screen Australia and one is an overseas production…) Joe Cinque’s Consolation: A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law by Helen Garner

A film adaptation of Helen Garner’s classic true crime story has received funding from Screen Australia. Garner – who has read an early draf…

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Our thoughts on the film adaptation of Mockingjay: Part 1

Three fans of The Hunger Games trilogy – Nina Kenwood, Chris Gordon and Bronte Coates – share their thoughts on the the most recent film adaptation, Mockingjay: Part 1.

Bronte: Okay, let’s kick this off with an easy question… How did film rate against the first two?

Chris: I loved Mockingjay: Part 1 the best of all three. I think the actors came into their own in this film and really owned th…

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The Best DVDs of 2014

Here are our top ten DVDs of the year, as chosen by our film specialist Lou Fulco. Displayed in no particular order.

Chef

Chef is a rich and vibrant comedy – the story of Carl Casper (Jon Favreau), who loses his chef job and cooks up a food truck business in the hope of re-establishing his artistic promise. At the same time, he tries to reconnect with his estranged family.

True Detecti

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Gone Girl: Book vs. Film

by Nina Kenwood

As a fan of both the novel and film adaptation of Gone Girl, I am here to pit them against one another in an ultimate showdown so you can know, definitively, which version is better. My scientific process involves comparing each in random categories that I have deemed important.

(Warning: plot spoilers ahead.)

Nick:

I never liked Nick in the book. Not for one minute – not at the very beginn…

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Our thoughts on the Gone Girl movie (from two fans of the book)

Nina Kenwood, our digital marketing manager, and Fiona Hardy, our crime book specialist, attended a special preview screening of the Gone Girl movie this week. Here’s a (relatively) spoiler free discussion of the experience.

Nina: Hi Fiona. We both saw the Gone Girl movie last night. Let’s start with the most pressing question: did you see Ben Affleck’s penis? No wait. We’ll come back to that.…

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