Article: What makes a good adaptation?


So I’ve written my first article for the incomparable Little White Lies, I talked to David Nicholls about his adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd for Thomas Vinterberg and what makes a good adaptation.

Take a look over at the Little White Lies site.


A Lack of {Jackanory} Reviews

An eagle eyed visitor to my site may notice there has been a sorry lack of activity here in the last six months … that ladies and gentlemen, is due to a lovely experience we like to call “Third Year of Uni”.

I have been lucky enough to be covering a wide range of TV shows for the wonderful Canadian online journal Next Projection (seriously go check them out), but when it comes to my own personal film reviews I have been too swamped with work to give my full attention. That ends here … Welcome back to Jackanory Reviews where there will actually be reviews from now on (promise).

Exciting News Here At Jackanory Reviews

Well I like to keep my readers up to date with my exciting news, and so here’s my latest: I am now writing for a brilliant Canadian publication called Next Projection.

It’s a brilliant website with comprehensive film and TV reviews, as well as interesting articles. I will continue to publish small extracts of my work here along with links to the full articles (as I do with my work for TQS) so please continue reading, and take this opportunity to explore some of the other amazing work over at Next Projection!

Charlotte x

Edinburgh Film Guild Launches New Finnish Cinema Programme


A two-part focus on Finnish cinema, it was announced this week, will take place in Edinburgh. It includes three features, all being given their UK premieres, as well as world and international premieres of three mid-length documentaries.  All 16 screenings are open to the public and will take place at Edinburgh Filmhouse.

New Cinema 1, screening on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September comprises of 14 short, mid-length and feature-length films made between 2011 and 2013, all of which were directed or co-directed by women, and many of which also feature female screenwriters, cinematographers and editors and strong leading female characters or subjects.  Its wide-ranging programme includes animation, experimental works and documentaries, and its approach to highlighting the work of women filmmakers follows in a long Edinburgh tradition, dating back to the 1972 Edinburgh International Film Festival, at which the world’s second women’s film event was organised by Lynda Myles.

New Cinema 2 takes place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September, and includes two retrospective Finnish features: The Interrogation (2009) and the complete, uncut version of Eight Deadly Shots (1972), neither of which has previously been publicly screened in the UK.

Both New Cinema events will be accompanied by limited-edition programmes, to include original writings by leading Finnish film critics alongside those of filmmakers whose work will be screened.

For the full programme visit the Edinburgh Film Guild website.

New Cinema tickets are available from the Edinburgh Filmhouse box office (88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ / 0131 228 2688) and via the Filmhouse website, .

Tickets for all single screenings are £6 (£5 conc).  Eight Deadly Shots will be shown in two parts, with combined tickets for both available at £8 (£6 conc).

Liebster Award


So I was intrigued when I received an email from Mari at Square-Eyed Geek telling me that she had nominated my blog for a Liebster Award. I was flattered and so did a little research into the Award; it is essentially a 21st Century chain letter – each ‘nominee’ nominates in turn 10 more recipients of the award.  Frankly I think it’s a brilliant idea, each nominee must have under 200 followers so this award draws attention to the newer and more ‘out of the way’ blogs.

So to pass on this ‘letter’ I have to answer a few questions set for me by my nominator, and then pass the award on to some of my favourite small blogs. So please take a look at the people I give this award to, they really are worth it!

So here are my 10 questions set by Mari

Question 1 = What is your favourite film and why?

My favourite film? It’s a toss up between Pulp Fiction and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Pulp Fiction because it reminds me of a great time in my life when I would sit and watch endless amount of Tarantino with my friends (and of course recreating the twist competition at many a party). And Eternal Sunshine because it always astonishes me how something so seemingly incomprehensible turns into one of the most amazing romances.

Question 2 = What would be your absolute dream job?

Film reviewer and Arts Journalist, easy one really!

Question 3 = Who is your hero?

I don’t really have a hero, I have lots of people I admire for different reasons but no hero.

Question 4 = What would be your dream holiday destination?

My favourite place to go on holiday is Rome, I am a classics student so Rome and Pompeii really talk to my inner geek. But I am planning a trip to Turkey soon, maybe a bit of island hoping over to Greece as well. I love to travel and move around so any dream holiday would probably involve a backpack and a lot of travelling.

Question 5 = What’s your favourite book?

The best book I’ve read recently is Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds, it’s just brilliant and everyone should read it. But my comfort book that I always come back to it The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham – such a good creepy book!

Question 6 = What is your favourite past-time when you’re not writing your blog?

Watching films, TV anything really. Reading and listening my records is also great, something about vinyl you just can’t match!

Question 7 = What sort of music do you prefer?

I love alternative/indie stuff – mostly singer/songwriters, but also the great British guitar bands that are reemerging at the moment. (I also have a guilty love for country music but don’t tell anyone!)

Question 8 = Do you have a favourite food?

Hands down pizza!

Question 9 = If you were going to be stranded on an island (and already had unlimited food and water), which one item would take with you?

Umm difficult probably a laptop with the internet – or is that cheating? Maybe an unlimited supply of books!

Question 10 = Which 10 people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?

Stephen Fry, Sarah Millican, Nicolas Hornby, Jasper FForde, Douglas Adams, Alex Turner, Justin Vernon (just so my boyfriend could meet him), Gaudi (I mean he’d be fun yeah?), Kyle MacLachlan (but as Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks) and Ryan Gosling (he doesn’t have to talk he can just sit there).

So here are my nominees:

Hayes at the Movies 

Professionally Incoherent 

Jackanory Reviews will now resume it’s normal broadcast!

Good News and Bad News

So the good news, I have been given the opportunity to write for TQS, a brilliant online arts journal. The bad news, I can’t post my reviews here if they are going up on TQS’ site. So if they are featured elsewhere from now on my reviews will be shown as an intro with a link to the full article elsewhere!

It means so much that so many people enjoy and comment on my work, so I hope you’ll keep reading in the future!

Charlotte x