Talks & debates

Eleanor Catton, Colm Tóibín & Guests: Page to Screen

Part of Man Booker 50

Join award-winning authors and film-makers as they discuss what makes a great adaptation and the process of transforming a work of fiction for the big screen.

The panel discusses the challenges of adapting your work, whether success comes from staying faithful or taking liberties and what to do when it doesn’t all go to plan.

Chaired by broadcaster, critic and writer Francine Stock.

Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize in 2013 with The Luminaries. Her first novel, The Rehearsal, was published when she was 22.
The Luminaries is currently being adapted into a six-part television mini-series for the BBC. She was born in Canada, grew up in New Zealand and now lives in Cambridge.

Colm Tóibín is the author of nine novels, of which three have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His novel Brooklyn was turned into a film in 2015.

Tóibín is a contributing editor to The London Review of Books and currently Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of Humanities at Columbia University. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages. House of Names will be published by Penguin Paperback in April 2018.

Elizabeth Karlsen is an internationally award-winning producer, who has co-produced celebrated independent films including Carol, Little Voice, The Crying Game, Youth, Made in Dagenham and Mrs Harris.

Forthcoming releases include an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s best-selling Booker Prize-shortlisted novel On Chesil Beach.

Christopher Hampton has won multiple awards for his plays, musicals and film and television work, from Oliviers to BAFTAs and prizes at Cannes and Venice Film Festivals.

His screenplay adaptations of works by authors who have previously won or been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, include Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac, Ian McEwan’s Atonement and J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians.

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