The Vintner’s Luck: The movie, the sequel

The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox is one of the great works of the imagination in New Zealand literature. Set in 19th century Burgundy, at the heart of the novel is the love between winemaker Sobran Jodeau and the angel Xas. It’s an utterly sumptuous read and there are TWO exciting pieces of news to report:

The sequel The Angel’s Cut is out now. Sexy angel Xas is back, and this time the setting is old Hollywood, 1929. Get your hold on a library copy, buy one, whatever it takes. And if you’ve read it already, let us know what you think.

And the NZ Film Commission has just released a trailer for the upcoming movie version of The Vintner’s Luck. The movie retains NZ roots – it’s directed by Niki Caro and stars Keisha Castle-Hughes as Celeste. It looks to have a coolly lush style -and Gaspard Ulliel as  Xas looks startlingly handsome.

6 thoughts on “The Vintner’s Luck: The movie, the sequel

  1. librry grrl 16 July 2009 / 4:40 pm

    I’m embarrased to admit that I could never even get halfway through the novel (tried twice, admitted defeat) but am damned impressed by the movie trailer, so will most likely be adding it to my ‘couldn’t read the book, but the movie was great’ list I think.

  2. joyciescotland 17 July 2009 / 4:23 pm

    Oh that dirty old angel; animal, mineral, vegetable…whatever!

  3. LULU 19 July 2009 / 1:26 pm


  4. Vera 21 July 2009 / 3:26 pm

    I know what you mean librry grrl – I’ve got a few ‘didn’t get round to reading the book but loved the movie’ kind of thing ; esp when the reserve list is too long, plus the movie for this sure looks great.

  5. keenanj 24 July 2009 / 2:59 pm

    I think the movie will be better than the book. I found it all a bit tedious.

  6. lynne 27 July 2009 / 10:52 am

    The book gave me nightmares, but I’ll go to the movie because I love Keshia.

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