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Man Booker on the Big-Screen and Beyond

Man Booker on the Big-Screen and Beyond

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s Man Booker Prize longlist, which will be announced on 29 July. As ever, speculation abounds in the blogosphere, twittersphere and any other sphere where fans of the finest in fiction congregate. Watch this space for the freshly baked Man Booker dozen.


Shooting starts next month for the film version of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize winning Sense of an Ending. Oscar-winning Jim Broadbent will play the lead, Tony Webster, a middle-aged divorcee who has to come to terms with the unreliability of memory. The play is the first written for the silver-screen by Nick Payne, whose stage play Constellations, which re-opened this week at Trafalgar Studios in London won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for the Best Play in 2012. That’s quite a trophy cabinet they already have between them.


On the small screen next week, there’s a chance to see last year’s winner Richard Flanagan interviewed by Alan Yentob on BBC One’s Imagine. Yentob travels to Tasmania to visit the man he refers to as  ‘a builder’s labourer from the end of the world’ on his home territory. The programme concentrates on the prize-winning Narrow Road to the Deep North, journeying to Thailand to its setting - the site of the Death Railway.


And finally… Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker winning novels have inspired an acclaimed TV series and an award-winning stage play, but the latest iteration takes the biscuit. Last Sunday, Woof Hall, a dog show, took place at South London’s Brockwell Park. The challenge for Mantel fans and their canine friends – to dress in appropriate Elizabethan garb. Chief judge was none other than Mark Rylance, who played Thomas Cromwell in the BBC TV adaptation.