Adaptations - A Guide to Adapting Literature to Film
Denise Faithfull with Brian Hannant
Published by Currency Press
So why does it remain recognisably the same story?
What is the slippery essence that transfers, unaltered, from page to screen?
In Adaptations, Denise Faithfull comprehensively and systematically addresses the thorny issues of choosing your source and type of adaptation, whether a liberal appropriation, a free-flowing intersection, a variation or a faithful translation
She illuminates questions of structure, character, dialogue and visualisation, and includes a checklist for the adaptor
Brian Hannant's introductory chapter discusses the history of Australian film, the basic principles of filmmaking and screenwriting, and a guide to correct screenplay layout
Drawing from dozens of Australian films including Così, Lantana, Hotel Sorrento, The Boys, Dead Heart, Death in Brunswick and Head On, Adaptations navigates the treacherous waters of the adaptation process, showing us what works ... and what doesn't
For anyone who's ever read a novel, seen a play or heard an incredible true story and thought, 'Now, that would make a great film', Adaptations is the ultimate on how to make it happen