Category Archives: Books on Film

Life of Pi – Yaan Martel

The holidays are a great time for catching up with movies – especially if you have enjoyed reading the book on which the mocie is based. The Life of Pi was an amazing story which has been beautifully filmed and remains true to the essence of the novel. This is not a film for children, however it has been promoted, and you will need to be able to suspend disbelief and go along with the storyline. The cinematography is, at times, quite breathtaking!

For those of you who may be confused about the ending, or the choice of endings, check out this website [a spoiler if you haven’t read the book – so be careful!]


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Congratulations Shaun Tan

Popular author and illustrator Shaun Tan is to be congratulated on his nomination for an Academy Award in the category of animated short film.

He has been working on an adaptation of his picture story book  The Lost Thing.

The 15-minute film is one of five to receive nominations for the short animation category which will be announced at The 83rd Academy Awards on February 27.

Tan was born in Fremantle in 1974, and freelanced for some years from a studio in Mount Lawley.

He bagged several international art and writing awards before relocating to Melbourne in 2007.

Woodleigh School wishes Shaun Tan good luck for the awards.


Find out more at the website

Or watch the trailer on youtube

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Where the wild things are

Do you remember the wonderful Maurice Sendak book Where the wild things are from your childhood? A new movie has been made in Australia of this iconic story and the trailer has just been released.

Check it out here

  Max, the disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own fantastical world, peopled by alarming monsters who take hime away to a magical place. The film combines real life actors with amazing computer graphics to produce Max’s world. We will have to wait until October 2009 for the film’s release!

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Twilight Series – Stephanie Meyer

For vampire lovers everywhere and fans of the Twilight series you will be pleased to know that the fourth book in the series is on its way. Here is a preview from Amazon of the new cover Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)

If you check Stephanie Meyer’s website you can find out the latest news. She is waiting on permission from the publisher to put the first chapter online for fans to  preview. For information about Twilight- The Movie, including a highlight clip check the Summit Entertainment site.

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Wendy Orr – Nim’s Island

Canadian-born Wendy Orr has lived in Australia since the 1970s and now resides on the Mornington Peninsula, where she and her husband, Tom, are working to restore their few acres of native bush for local wildlife. She is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults, and is thrilled that the film of her novel ‘Nim’s Island’, has recently been made into a film starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin. Read about her life and the adventure of having your book transformed for the screen through her blog, or the movie website



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The unbelievable truth of Forbidden Lies – fiction or faction?

Can you believe everything you read? How reliable are narratives? A new Australian documentary Forbidden Lies examines the drama that arose following the disclosure that the 2004 memoir by Norma Khouri, Forbidden Love, was a fabrication. The story tells of a love affair between and Islamic woman and a Christian man – a relationship that led to the woman’s death at the hands of her father in 1997. Dalia, the victim, was purported to be the author’sclosest friend. The publishing world loved it and the book became a world best-seller. 

The film spends the first fifteen minutes retelling the events of the story. The main strength of the film is the involvement of the author herself. Khouri is unfazed by contradictory narratives to her own. At times she seems astonished that there is any fuss about the lies and inconsistencies in her work. When questioned that her book would be better placed in the fiction category, Khouri is adamant that she could never call her book a novel. Eventually she suggests that a compromise could be found in the new category faction – alongside the Dan Brown bestseller The da Vinci Code!

The question remains – should we admire her or despise her for her ability to keep us listening. Find out more on the Forbidden Lies website.

Reference: The unbelievable truth of forbidden lies, Screen Education, Issue 48, p31.

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Animalia comes to the screen.

Graeme Base’s classic picture book, based on the letters of the alphabet, with amazing illustrations and hidden treasures on every page, is about to appear on the screen in animated form. It may not be what you expect. Graeme Base explains that adapting one form of art into another is always going to mean that the new form will be different.. What was crucial to Base was to retain the spirit of Animalia but create a new definition of its world, which is about the love of solving puzzles and exploring. “So we picked out the animals from the book and flung them all together into the world of Animalia and created a plot that revolves around the problem of communication. The parallel world has versions of many of the technologies children are familiar with in our world, but they are transformed by Graeme Base’s imagination: television pictures appear on blue butterfly wings, and, instead of mobile phones, communication occurs via a flower-like device. Check the Animalia website.

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