Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.
~ Charles Dickens ~
The public appetite for Dickens shows no sign of abating and the latest launch at the British Film Institute this week: BFI Presents Dickens on Screen, is an enticing addition to the menu. 2012 will mark the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth and We think it’s brilliant that the BFI will celebrate one of Britain’s best loved storytellers with the largest ever retrospective of his work on film and television. Running from January to March next year, audiences will enjoy a unique insight into Dickens through preview, screenings, special events and panel discussions.
Dickens is the most adapted novelist of all time and alongside the more familiar body of work such as the 1968 musical version of Oliver! or David Lean’s 1946 Great Expectations, there will be a showing of a rarely seen silent work from an early 20th century Scrooge, coming full circle to Roman Polanski’s brooding Oliver Twist in 2005.
The BFI will begin the celebrations in December with two exclusive BBC TV previews: The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Arena: Dickens on Film, a brand new exploration into Dickens’ contribution to film and TV history.
Charles Dickens never lived to see the advent of cinema but was constantly being adapted for the theatre. He was a natural showman who gave many public readings of his works to huge audiences, who were held spellbound by his delivery. Filmmakers have suggested that the brilliance of Dickens’ descriptive abilities and his innovations in narrative, in some sense at least, invented the language of cinema.