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Wildlife in 3D! Anthony Geffen's Attenborough Documentaries

Event 173 Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“I want to look at different platforms and different ways to tell stories.” – Anthony Geffen

Anthony Geffen is a true innovator in film and television. His collaborations with David Attenborough on cutting edge documentaries such as Natural History Museum Alive 3D, Penguins 3D and Conquest of the Skies 3D have allowed wildlife footage to come to life as never before.

Using footage from such films, Geffen will illustrate the power of new technologies and creative filmmaking techniques to get up close and personal with the natural world, as well as show rarely-seen behind-the-scenes footage of Attenborough in action!

Expect to see new insights into the relationship between humans, nature and the technology that improves our awareness of the world around us.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Wildlife in 3D! Anthony Geffen's Attenborough Documentaries

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From Book to Screen: Getting Adaptations Right

Event 20 Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

“Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.” – Stephen King

As a literature festival, we will always insist ‘the book was better,’ but there is nevertheless an art to making an excellent adaptation of a book for film or television. In this session, our panellists discuss the ways to ensure that an adaptation is true not only to the source material, but to itself.

Andrew Davies has been so successful in bringing the classics to the screen that people now talk of ‘an Andrew Davies Adaptation.’ His latest project is Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.

Kathy Reichs, author of the Temperance Brennan crime novels, produced the long-running adaptation of her work, Bones – beloved for its mysteries, its wit and its striking visualisation of Reichs’ field of forensic anthropology.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

From Book to Screen: Getting Adaptations Right

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From Austen to Tolstoy: Screen Classics with Andrew Davies

Event 148 Saturday 4 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Andrew Davies
“I bring it to life and present things I found brilliant in the book, as thrillingly as I can.” – Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies has proven adept at adapting ‘difficult’ literary works into accessible, yet critically acclaimed, TV series. His remarkable body of work includes classics such as Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House, War and Peace, and upcoming television series Les Miserables, as well as contemporary works such as House of Cards and the screenplays for the first two Bridget Jones films.

A master storyteller beloved by audiences and critics alike, Davies is a frank and fascinating speaker and not to be missed.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

From Austen to Tolstoy: Screen Classics with Andrew Davies

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Lights, Camera, Austen!: Andrew Davies' Austen Adaptations

Event 168 Saturday 4 March, 8pm-9pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Andrew Davies
“Since it came out, every cultural reference to Jane Austen, and every adaptation, has had as much to do with Andrew Davies as it does to Austen.” – Professor Deborah Cartmell, author of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: The Relationship Between Text and Screen

Sometimes a wet shirt can change the world. When Andrew Davies adapted Jane Austen’s witty, insightful but daunting Pride and Prejudice, he didn’t just create a new audience for the classics – he founded a new genre of historical drama. In the years that followed, people would refer to an ‘Andrew Davies adaptation.’

In this session to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, Davies himself guides us through his Austen adaptations, and teaches the audiences the secrets of introducing modern audiences to her humour and timeless insights.

Language: English

Lights, Camera, Austen!: Andrew Davies' Austen Adaptations

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Mystic Life by Leila Aboulela: A Play Reading

Event 38 Sunday 5 March, 7pm-8pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“If you have faith and you’re good, if you’re not harming anyone, shouldn’t that be enough?” – Leila Aboulela, Mystic Life

Come and hear Leila Aboulela’s short radio play Mystic Life read onstage by a number of local actors, followed by a Q&A with the playwright herself!

Mystic Life begins with a scholar in Daghestan hearing a strange knock at the door, then shifts focus back and forth between his tale and that of a young Muslim man and woman who have conflicting views on what it means to be good and have faith, in an increasingly culturally complicated and hostile world.

Leila Aboulela is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and playwright whose works have often graced the prestigious Orange Prize longlist. She grew up in Khartoum and moved to Aberdeen with her husband and children many years ago, a culture shock which she describes as “eternal” and has inspired a body of work which always has something insightful to say about culture and identity, subjects which we particularly relate to in the multicultural UAE!

Cast:
KASSIM/STUDENT:   Hisham Khan
SATAN:            Bryan MacKenzie
BASHEER:          Osman Aboubakr
SAMIA:            Defne Gursoy
DINA/LOST GIRL:   Hala Bassar
MOTHER:          Aida Laubach
SFX: Wayne Dorsey

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Mystic Life by Leila Aboulela: A Play Reading

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Flip the Script: Screenwriters in the Spotlight

Event 194 Friday 10 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“With a screenplay, if you are writing something that would take $50m to make, which is usually about 100 pages, then it’s going to cost $500,000 to film each page and that means every page has to be a damn good page.” – Raymond Khoury

What does screenwriting teach book authors – and what does book writing teach screenwriters? Three authors who have written extensively for page and screen discuss how they write for different genres and media, and what it has taught them.

Piyush Jha’s film credits include Sikandar, King of Bollywood and Chalo America while his books include Mumbaistan and Raakshas – the latter of which he is now adapting for film.

Raymond Khoury is best known for his suspenseful series starring Sean Reilly, the most recent of which is The End Game, while his screenwriting credits include gripping TV dramas Waking the Dead and Spooks.

Ben Miller has extensive TV experience, including co-writing and starring in The Armstrong and Miller Show and presenting It’s Not Rocket Science, which is based on his book of the same name.

At the end of the session, we will be making the draw for Play in a Day participants. Piyush Jha and Raymond Khoury will be mentoring the Play in a Day writers. Don’t miss seeing the finished plays on Saturday 11th March at 16:30!

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Flip the Script: Screenwriters in the Spotlight

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The End Game: Raymond Khoury in Conversation

Event 87 Friday 10 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

“The End Game isn’t just Raymond Khoury’s best book in years, it’s one of the best books of 2016!” – The Book Spy

FBI Agent Sean Reilly crosses paths with a man who claims to know the truth about the death of Reilly’s father…

Author and screenwriter Raymond Khoury introduced the characters of Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin in The Last Templar, a gripping tale of mystery and conspiracy, and in every book since the stakes have got higher and the twists more deadly.

Khoury is a master storyteller who honed his craft writing for TV series including Spooks and Waking the Dead – and his mastery of pace and plot translates perfectly to the page.

What’s his secret? Come to this session to find out!

Language: English

The End Game: Raymond Khoury in Conversation

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Murder in Mumbai: Books to Bollywood with Piyush Jha

Event 187 Friday 10 March, 3pm-4pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

Authors: Piyush Jha
“Creative film directors like Piyush Jha are primarily great storytellers.” – The Hindu review of Raakshas

Film director and screenwriter Piyush Jha began his writing career with Mumbaistan, a best-selling collection of three gritty novellas about the corruption and crime of modern Mumbai. In Raakshas, his fourth novel, the eponymous murderer embarks on a campaign to be recognised as ‘India’s No.1 Serial Killer’ and begins a vendetta against Additional Commissioner of Police Maithili Prasad, who is already struggling against the prejudice of her male colleagues. This brutal but socially-conscious novel is now heading for the big screen – come and hear from the author how it feels to get inside the head of a killer.

Language: English

Murder in Mumbai: Books to Bollywood with Piyush Jha

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Play in a Day

Event 192 Saturday 11 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Is it possible to write, rehearse and perform a whole play in just 24 hours? Come along to this performance session to find out!

We will challenge three local writers to come up with an original concept for a 10-minute play, write it overnight, and pass it to a team of actors, director and producer the following morning. Professional screenwriters Piyush Jha (King of Bollywood) and Raymond Khoury (Spooks) will mentor the writers through their work, and the project will be overseen by award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Alex Broun.

Sit back and enjoy these ‘worldwide debuts’ and hear from the writers about the unique experience of creating their plays in record time. 

Playwrights presenting at this session include Rosine Saad, Peri Desai and Iobel Andemicael.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Play in a Day

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