Thursday, September 27, 2012

Broken: Should I Read it Before I See the Movie?

This is crazy. This cover looks like a kids book but the publisher's blurb shows it is anything but.
Should I read it before I see the movie?
The film version, directed by the British stage director, Rufus Norris, screened at Cannes and now the news is that Film Movement has picked up the screen rights. Broken, starring Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy and unknown Eloise Laurence will open early in 2013. This is Laurence's first movie but she does come from a British show biz family. Her father is Larry Lamb who was Archie on the EastEnders and her mother, Clare Burt, plays Mrs. Buckley in the film. She reminds me a bit of Kerris Dorsey, the luminous young actress who played Brad Pitt's daughter in Moneyball. In fact, the relationship highlighted in the trailer between Tim Roth and Laurence,  evokes the same lovely father daughter poignancy.
According to Deadline it will be available concurrently on VOD as well as a limited national rollout. Probably in addition to New York those of us living in L.A. and a few other select cities will be able to see it on the big screen.  You can check out the trailer, complete with French subtitles below. I haven't read the book - one review I glanced at wasn't exactly gushing with praise - but the film looks like something that would grab me.

The plot line is "a girl’s abrupt coming-of-age after witnessing a savage beating that strips her of her innocence, and only love can save her."  Source: Deadline

Here's that publishers blurb from Harper Collins:

Until that fateful afternoon, Skunk Cunningham had been a normal little girl, playing on the curb in front of her house. Rick Buck­ley had been a normal geeky teen­ager, hosing off his brand-new car. Bob Oswald had been a normal sociopathic single father of five slutty daughters, charging furiously down the side­walk. Then Bob was beating Rick to a bloody pulp, right there in the Buckleys' driveway, and life on Drummond Square was never the same again.

Inspired by Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird, Clay's brilliantly observed and darkly funny novel follows the sudden unraveling of a sub­urban community after a single act of thoughtless cruelty.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Sim - I think you should definitely, definitely, definitely read the novel and then check out the movie; but I would say that as I wrote the novel... Would love it if you did check out the book and would be more than happy to do a Q&A for your wonderful blog on the experience of having a debut novel turned into a film if that's of interest. Best wishes, Daniel Clay (daniel.clay3@ntlworld.com)

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    1. WOW! I would love that ... I'll email you but I know people would love to read what you have to say. Thanks!

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    2. Great. I'll wait to hear from you. Very best wishes, Daniel.

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