Sunday, 31 March 2013

Cloud Atlas (film)

I was surprised to learn the forthcoming film version of Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell's 2004 novel, is an independent production. Although its $102 million budget does make it one of the most expensive independent films of all time. Four years of development were needed before production began in September 2011 at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany and, considering the scope of the novel, this probably meant working incredibly quickly every day! I remember we did have the book in the house because Dave bought and enjoyed reading it. I didn't get round to starting. I'm not sure why, but possibly the sheer number of pages put me off - it is a bit of a brick. Hopefully seeing the new film will inspire me?

Writers, producers and directors Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer have produced a three-hour spectacular which is being praised and mauled by critics in pretty much equal measures.The narrative consists of six (or possibly seven) related stories, set over a period of several centuries. As viewers, we see each story set up before the film begins to dart between them. The same group of actors play different roles, depending on the historical context, and the cast includes several well-known names - Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving and, the man whose enthusiasm is said to have kept the whole project on its wheels - Tom Hanks.

Hailsham Pavilion, Fri 19th, Sun 21st and Mon 22nd Apr, 19:30.
Tickets £6.50 adults, £5 concessions, available online, by calling 01323 841414, or in person at the Box Office.



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