Catch up with our webcast with David Nicholls

23rd November, 2012

One of the greatest challenges in film is adapting a classic novel for the screen, and it's a challenge that our FILMCLUB Live guest David Nicholls knows all about, having just written the screenplay for Great Expectations. Watch the webcast now:

David spoke to our reporter George about the difficulties in turning such a long and complex novel into a 120 page screenplay, and also talked about how this version differs from other on-screen incarnations. A fascinating insight into the art of screenwriting, we think you'll agree!

From the page to the screen...

Great Expectations is a timeless novel that has had many incarnations on the big and small screen, not least the fabulous David Lean version, but as a story it's as relevant today as it ever has been. Speaking to David Nicholls at the premiere on the closing night of the London Film Festival, he espoused the youth of the two lead characters, and said he wanted to make the screenplay more passionate than you would expect from a period film. You can watch the full premiere report below:

Great Expectations is out now.

More from David Nicholls...

As well as having experience adapting other people's novels (Nicholls wrote the script for And When Did You Last See Your Father? based on the memoir of Blake Morrison) our guest is a best selling novelist in his own right, with his books One Day and Starter For 10 both making successful transitions to the big screen.


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