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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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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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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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