Let’s take a walk on the cinematic side! Here are the movie-related books from this year’s Christchurch leg of the New Zealand International Film Festival (it’s on from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 19 August):
Based on the short story ‘Border’ from his anthology Let the Old Dreams Die by Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist, this genre-defying supernatural romantic thriller draws us into the mysterious life of a gifted outsider.
Actor Simon Baker’s directorial debut is an adaptation, with Top of the Lake writer Gerard Lee, of Tim Winton’s celebrated novel Breath.
A love triangle and mystery based on a Haruki Murakami short story ‘Barn burning’ in the book The Elephant Vanishes.
Set inside the conservative community of Orthodox Judaism, Sebastián Lelio’s graceful adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel Disobedience is a probing look at the illusion of freedom in both religious and secular life.
Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd are perfectly cast in this romcom, based on Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked about an indie rock obsession that leads to romance.
A profoundly moving account of life on the margins of America, based on Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin.
New Zealand actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie is mesmerising as 13-year-old Tom living off the grid with her war vet father. Based on the novel My Abandonment by Peter Rock.
Chloë Grace Moretz delivers a heartbreaking and nuanced performance as a queer teen shipped off to a gay conversion camp in Desiree Akhavan’s touching drama based on the novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth.
A startling, nerve-shredding thriller about a brutal hitman contracted to save an abducted teen. Based on the novel You were never really here by Jonathan Ames.
Find books and resources about actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr
Find books by New Zealand author and social commentator Celia Lashlie.
Music by – and books about – the band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Books about the artist Yayoi Kusama.
Books about actor Ian McKellen, and movies that star him, and more.
Books about designer Alexander McQueen.
Books and films by – and about – New Zealand filmmaker Merata Mita.
Books by New Zealand scientist Paul Callaghan.
Books about Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Music by composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Books about – and by – fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.
and – of course, there is a movie about ONE OF US …
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