John le Carré. Photo by Stephen Cornwall for White Hare.

John le Carré. Photo by Stephen Cornwall for White Hare.

The 7th Annual Adaptation Film  Festival (14-16 October 2011, Dromahair, Leitrim)

Now in its seventh year, this weekend of film, talks and workshops examines the process of adapting the novel for film. This year the festival celebrates John le Carré and the many screen versions of his best-selling novels. With the recent release of the highly acclaimed new Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy movie bringing le Carré to a whole new audience, this is a highly pertinent choice for this year’s film festival.

Showcasing six le Carré adaptations this festival will provide unique insights into the process of adaptation, with talks from those involved in The Complete Smiley radio series and the BBC Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy TV Series..
The festival begins on Friday, 14th of October with a presentation by John Irvin, Director of the BBC TV adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. This is followed by a showing of the 1984 film version of The Little Drummer Girl.

Saturday, 15th of October will see a showing of The Russia House, followed by a talk from Jeremy Howe, head of drama for BBC Radio 4. He will tell the story behind making ‘The Complete Smiley’ series, and the character that is central to le Carré’s work. The evening will see a showing of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, followed by The Tailor of Panama.

On Sunday, 16th of October there will be showings of The Looking Glass War and The Constant Gardener.
As well as these events directly showcasing or discussing the work of John le Carré, there will also be showings of Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn’, The Deadly Affair, and a family film.

Continuing the Cold War theme, we are taking this opportunity to draw on local war time experience and on Sunday, 16th a panel of expat Germans will relate their real- life experiences of growing up in both East and West Germany.

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For more information, and the full schedule of the festival, visit the Cinema North West website


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