Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Read The Eye of the Storm BEFORE it hits US theatres in April

 In my quest to read great books BEFORE they come to the big screen, I have to thank Deadline for bringing "The Eye of the Storm" to my attention. It's based on the book written by Patrick White 1973. White is Australia's only Nobel laureate for literature. Fred Schepisi directs with  Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling and Judy Davis starring. Can you believe that cast?! The screenplay is by Judy Morris’who is an accomplished Australian writer, actress and director - surprisingly she co-wrote Happy Feet and Babe: Pig in the City. The Eye of the Storm is described "as a savage exploration of family relationships centered around an elderly, dying woman with all the love, hate, humor and tragedy the situation entails."
Sounds like The Descendants in overdrive! Charlotte Rampling is the dying mother, her two very grown 'children' who return to Australia to be at her deathbed are played by Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis. Watch the trailer; it has got me going!

Helen Morse and Alexandra Schepisi also star. The Eye Of The Storm took prizes at the Melbourne and Rome film festivals and has received 12 nominations for Australia’s Academy of Cinema and TV Arts awards. It's coming out in April here in the states, which leaves me plenty of time to read the book IF I can find it! Hopefully they will come up with a movie tie-in version, currently I could only find used copies at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Has anyone read this book? What do you think of the casting? How about the film; anyone seen it yet? I really can't wait.

3 comments:

  1. There is a movie tie-in version that came out in Australia came last Sept. Now that the film will be released in the US (the US book tie-in will come out after being postponed a few times) by Picador. Patrick White's books are not easy reads. "The Eye of the Storm" is about 600 pages. If you go to the Australian movie review website "At The Movies" at http://www.abc.net.au/atthemovies/txt/s3294397.htm, you'll see a number of reviews from Aussie moviegoers who have read, studied the book in University and seen the movie. I would read the book after seeing the movie. There was no way to include everything in the book due to budgetary constraints.

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  2. I just checked out the site recommended by Anon and highly recommend it. It's actually Margaret and David at the Movies and I gather they have a highly respected long running tv show.
    Be sure to check out the trailer for The Eye of the Storm, immediately following are some interesting clips. Which only make me want to read the book even more!
    Also browsing around the site, a wonderful, wonderful interview with both Lynne Ramsay the director of, and Tilda Swinton, star of We Need to Talk About Kevin... a deeply troubling but compelling book I've blogged about at length.
    Thanks again, "Anon" ! :)

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