From Page To Screen, the UK’s only film festival dedicated to the adaptation of books into films, is thrilled to announce that Jon Ronson, journalist, documentary filmmaker and author of novels including The Men Who Stare at Goats, will be the guest curator of next year’s event, to be held in Bridport, West Dorset, on April 2nd-6th 2014.
Ronson said “The 2009 film The Men Who Stare at Goats, which was adapted from Ronson’s book and stars George Clooney, will feature as part of the festival programme. Bridport Arts Centre in collaboration with the Electric Palace cinema will show a wide range of films over five days at the two venues. Most screenings will feature a talk by authors or film-makers, giving audiences the chance to go beneath the surface of their favourite films and discover more about the film-making process“
Polly Gifford, Director of Bridport Arts Centre, said: “We are delighted to work with Jon as our Guest Curator this year. He is well versed in the adaptation process, exploring all things weird and not always wonderful in his books, films and articles. We look forward to welcoming him to Bridport and revealing his film choices in the coming months.‘’
Jon’s other books include international bestsellers The Psychopath Test and Them: Adventures with Extremists. His latest book is a collection of real-life adventure stories – Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries. Jon writes for the Guardian, he has his own Radio 4 series Jon Ronson On… and his many Channel 4 documentaries include Secret Rulers of the World and Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes.
Together with screenwriter Peter Straughan, Jon has also penned the soon-to-be-released Frank. Loosely autobiographical (in younger days Jon played keyboards in the Frank Sidebottom band), Frank is a hotly anticipated comedy starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson.
From Page To Screen was founded in 2009 by Bridport Arts Centre, inspired by the Bridport Prize – one of the UK’s longest running and respected literary prizes.
You can also become a `Friend of the Festival’ again this year. By showing your support financially you can help sustain the festival as a keynote arts event in the Bridport calendar. Some extra benefits include advance notification of events and early bird booking, complimentary invite to a special `Friends’ event and free tickets for the festival raffle.