It takes a brave director to make a film based on a much-loved novel – and an even braver one when the original movie adaptation is still something of a favourite.
The director in question is Thomas Vinterberg and the film is Far From The Madding Crowd, released around the UK this Friday, certificate 12A. It’s based on the Thomas Hardy classic, a regular GCSE and O Level text, and the original film version came out in 1967. With a cast like Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Peter Finch and Terence Stamp, it was a hit at the time and was generally regarded as a faithful adaptation – enough for it to be shown to teenage students, anyway!
So has Vinterberg been brave or just downright reckless? London Mums’ film critic Freda Cooper squeezes herself into a 19th century corset in search of the answer ……
I started loving Audrey Hepburn almost by chance, and I’ve never thought I would be so amazed by this beautiful human being. I also never thought I could love her movies. Surprises of life.
It was Summer 2010, during FIFA World Cup in South Africa. I remember I was really tired to see my team Italy, former world champion, beaten and outclassed by everybody. One evening I was reading the TV guide and I saw the title, Sabrina.