Watts: Books that turned into Cinefest movies

They include Denial and The Dressmaker


Cinéfest Sudbury is likely top of mind for many Sudburians this week. This year marks the 29th edition and the festival has two more days to go.

If you haven’t already taken in a screening and are not able to make it this weekend, or you have taken in multiple screenings and are looking for more, past films shown at Cinéfest are continuously added to a specific movie collection at the Greater Sudbury Public Library.

Visit the library’s website to do a keyword search for “Cinéfest” to pull up films that have been a part of the festival in years past and are now ready to borrow for home viewing from the library.

The South End Library creates a display each year highlighting the films and many books that some of the films are based on. This year is no exception and the display includes two films from last year’s gala presentations based on books:

Denial is a historical drama film directed by Mick Jackson and written by David Hare, based on the book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier by Deborah Lipstadt. This movie stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall and dramatizes the Irving vs Penguin Books Ltd. case in which Lipstadt, a Holocaust scholar, was sued by Holocaust denier David Irving for libel.

The Dressmaker is an Australian revenge comedy-drama film written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, based on the novel of the same name by Rosalie Ham. The dressmaker in the story, Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage (played by Kate Winslet) returns to a small Australian town to take care of her ailing, mentally unstable mother.

Three other gala presentations from 2016 that also received critical acclaim, but are not based on books, include:

Machester by the Sea is an American drama film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan. It stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler and Lucas Hedges. The film follows a man who looks after his teenage nephew after his brother dies.

Toni Erdmann is a German-Austrian comedy-drama film directed, written and co-produced by Maren Ade. In this film, starring Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller, a practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.

I, Daniel Blake is a drama film directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty. It stars Dave Johns as Daniel Blake, who is denied employment and support allowance despite his doctor finding him unfit to work. Hayley Squires pays Katie, a struggling single mother who becomes friends with Daniel.

These are just a few of the more than film titles on the full Cinéfest film list. Visit the library in person or online to reserve and pick up movies at your local library. Library staff are also working on developing an ongoing list of the books that inspired many of these films — this will be coming soon to the library website at SudburyLibraries.ca.

— Jessica Watts is co-ordinator of outreach programs and partnerships at the Greater Sudbury Public Library.


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