All of the UK & US March Books to Film Releases!
The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook (2014, Penguin). Adapted by Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse, and Rhidian Brook.
Directed by James Kent. Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley, and Jason Clarke.
Produced by Amusement Park Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Scott Free Productions.
Summary: Set in postwar Germany in 1946, Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.
Released March 1st (UK)
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba (2009, Harpercollins). Adapted by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Starring Sophia Lillis, Laura Wiggins, and Andrea Anders.
Produced by BBC Films, BFI Film Fund, Blue Sky Films (Prouduction Services Malawi), Head Gear Films (In association with), Lipsync Post, Metrol Technology (In association with), Participant Media, and Potboiler Productions.
Summary: William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.
Released March 1st (Netflix)
Transit by Anna Seghers (2013, NYRB). Adapted by Christian Petzold.
Directed by Christian Petzold. Starring Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, and Godehard Giese.
Produced by Schramm Film, Neon Productions (co-production), Arte France Cinéma (co-production), ZDF/Arte (co-production), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (support), Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Angelegenheiten der Kultur und der Medien (BKM) (support), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (support), Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) (support) and Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (support).
Summary: Having escaped from a Nazi concentration camp in Germany in 1937, and later a camp in Rouen, the nameless twenty-seven-year-old German narrator of Seghers’s multilayered masterpiece ends up in the dusty seaport of Marseille. Along the way he is asked to deliver a letter to a man named Weidel in Paris and discovers Weidel has committed suicide, leaving behind a suitcase containing letters and the manuscript of a novel. As he makes his way to Marseille to find Weidel’s widow, the narrator assumes the identity of a refugee named Seidler, though the authorities think he is really Weidel. There in the giant waiting room of Marseille, the narrator converses with the refugees, listening to their stories over pizza and wine, while also gradually piecing together the story of Weidel, whose manuscript has shattered the narrator’s “deathly boredom,” bringing him to a deeper awareness of the transitory world the refugees inhabit as they wait and wait for that most precious of possessions: transit papers.
Released March 1st (USA)
Border (short story in Let the Old Dreams Die) by John Ajvide Lindqvist (2013, Thomas Dunne). Adapted by Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf, and John Ajvide Lindqvist.
Directed by Ali Abbasi. Starring Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, and Viktor Åkerblom.
Produced by Meta Spark & Kärnfilm and Spark Film & TV.
Summary: After a customs officer develops a strange attraction to the suspect she’s investigating, the case’s revelations soon call into question her entire existence.Summary: When Lucas Ray rescued his puppy Bella he knew his life would change forever. Smuggling her into his building isn’t easy, particularly with his prying neighbours, and Lucas decides to risk taking her to work. The joy on the faces of the veterans in his hospital as Bella distributes her unique brand of comfort makes it all worth it. But then Bella is picked up by animal control and Lucas makes the ultimate sacrifice to send her away. Lucas hasn’t understood Bella’s feelings, though. There might be hundreds of miles separating them but Bella wants her master and she is coming to find him . . .
Released March 8th (UK)
Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene (1930, Penguin) Adapted by Nina Fiore and John Herrera.
Directed by Katt Shea. Starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, and J.K. Simmons.
Produced by A Very Good Production Inc. and Red 56.
Summary: A bit of an outsider struggling to fit into her new surroundings, Nancy and her pals set out to solve a mystery, make new friends, and establish their place in the community.
Released March 15th (USA)
The Dirt by by Neil Strauss, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars (2001, Dey Street Books). Adapted by Amanda Adelson, Tom Kapinos and Rich Wilkes.
Directed by Jeff Tremaine. Starring Machine Gun Kelly, Iwan Rheon, Douglas Booth, and Daniel Webber.
Produced by 10th Street Entertainment, Focus Features, LBI Entertainment and Netflix.
Summary: Whiskey and porn stars, hot reds and car crashes, black leather and high heels, overdoses and death. This is the life of Mötley Crüe, the heaviest drinking, hardest fighting, the most oversexed and arrogant band in the world. Their unbelievable exploits are the stuff of rock ‘n’ roll legend. They nailed the hottest chicks, started the bloodiest fights, partied with the biggest drug dealers, and got to know the inside of every jail cell from California to Japan. They have dedicated an entire career to living life to its extreme, from the greatest fantasies to the darkest tragedies. Tommy married two international sex symbols; Vince killed a man and lost a daughter to cancer; Nikki overdosed, rose from the dead, and then OD’d again the next day; and Mick shot a woman and tried to hang his own brother.
Released March 22nd (Netflix)
The White Crow (org. Rudolf Nureyev: The Life) by Julie Kavanagh (2019, Penguin). Adapted by David Hare.
Directed by Ralph Fiennes. Starring Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, and Louis Hofmann.
Produced by BBC Films, Magnolia Mae Films, Metalwork Pictures, Montebello Productions
and Work in Progress.
Summary: Born on a train in Stalin’s Russia, Rudolf Nureyev was ballet’s first pop icon. No other dancer of our time has generated the same excitement – both on and off stage.
Released March 22nd (UK)
Dumbo by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl (1941, Whitman Publishing) Adapted by Ehren Kruger.
Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Eva Green, Michael Keaton, and Colin Farrell.
Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Tim Burton Productions, Infinite Detective, and Secret Machine Entertainment.
Summary: A little elephant uses his enormous ears to become the star of the circus.
Released March 29th (UK)