This Week in Books to Screen Viewing

In Theatres

Leave No Trace The follow-up to Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone’s about a father and daughter living off the grid in wilderness of Oregon. The father, played by Ben Foster is suffering from PTSD and portrayed in such an affecting manor , and the rising star of actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie who plays his teenage daughter. Adapted from Peter Rock’s novel My Abandonment by Granik and regular co-writer/producer Anne Rosellini, Rock and Granik acknowledge that Shakespeare’s The Tempest as the template. A coming-of-age story for both father and daughter.

Adrift Tami, played by Shailene Woodley, one of the producers of Baltasar Kormákur’s lost-at-sea survival drama Adrift. Woodly plays a free spirit falling in love with a drifter Richard (Sam Claflin). Based on the 1998 memoir by Tami Oldham Ashcraft originally titled Red Sky in Mourning.

Path of Blood Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jonathan Hacker and based on his book of the same title by Thomas Small and Jonathan Hacker, Path of Blood depicts Islamist terrorism, as it has never been seen before.  Drawn from a hoard of jihadi home-movie footage that was captured by Saudi security services, this is the story of Muslim terrorists targeting Muslim civilians and brought to justice by Muslim security agents. It premieres this week in the UK with Picturehouse.

The Bookshop  The Bookshop based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, winner of three Goya Awards — Best Film, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay — and stars Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson. The film, set in 1959 England, is about a free-spirited widow (Mortimer) who risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town.


Sharp_Objects_PosterSharp Objects S01E01 HBO USA / SKY UK 08/07 

The eagerly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel starts this week as an 8 episode mini-series, starring Amy Adams. Airing on HBO in the US and SKY in the UK. The story follows reporter Camille Preaker (Adams), coming home from a psych hospital to her hometown where she must cover the murder of two preteen girls.

Dietland S01E07 AMC US / Amazon UK 09/07

We are loving this adaptation of Sarai Walker’s novel, with the gem that is Joy Nash. Catch the latest episode, as Plum (Nash) discover’s her own voice after a life-altering event, and attacks that threaten the Jennifer movement.

Poldark S04E05 BBC 10/07

In this weeks swash-buckling adventures Ross meets Caroline, who has fled her recent tragedy and who introduces him to Monk Adderley. Back in Cornwall there is famine and sickness. However Morwenna and Drake are afforded a second chance when Whitworth’s sins catch up with him although Drake, having broken off his wedding to Rosina Hoblyn, comes under suspicion.

Strange AngelThe Handmaids Tale S02E09 Hulu US / Amazon UK  13/07

On a diplomatic trip abroad, Serena faces the temptation of life outside Gilead; Luke and Moira grapple with survivor’s guilt; Offred seeks support from allies.

Strange Angel S01E05 CBS All-Access USA / Amazon UK 12/07

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger S01E07 Freeform USA / Netflix UK 12/07

A mysterious man in a catatonic state for almost a decade may be the key for Tandy to finally clear her father’s name; Tyrone and Tandy test their combined powers for the first time

Picnic at Hanging WorkPicnic at Hanging Rock S01E01 (BBC 2 UK)

A gripping reimagining of the iconic Australian novel debuts in the UK this week after a solid reception in the states on Amazon Prime.

Preacher S0E04 AMC 15/07

As Jesse helps reinvigorate business at Angelville, he tests Tulip and Cassidy’s faith in him when Angelville brings out a darker side of him.

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