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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: August 5, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

    From screen to Booker?

    Fiona McCann

    As if being longlisted weren’t enough, this Saturday, as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival, there’ll be a full line-up of William Trevor-related films at the Set Theatre in John Street. Colm Toibin (Booker prize longlisted himself, so this could get violent – that’s a joke, by the way, before yiz get up-in-arms at the mere suggestion) will be introducing the series at 10.30 a.m., with Hidden Ground, a documentary featuring Trevor’s musings on the landscape of his childhood around Cork, kicking off the screenings at 10.40 a.m. Next up, Atom Egoyan’s cinematic interpretation of the Trevor novel Felicia’s Journey, followed by Access to the Children, starring Donal McCann, and culminating in the RTE/BBC co-production Ballroom of Romance, starring Brenda Fricker, Niall Toibin and Cyril Cusack.  Having only seen Felicia’s Journey, I can at least recommend it, though without having read the original Trevor story to give any sense of how it compares to Egoyan’s interpretation. Anyone else seen any of the above? More information on the screenings here. And more on the festival anon…

    • Eimear says:

      I’ve only seen Felicia’s Journey as well. Really creepy – it nags you for days afterwards. I think I read somewhere that Egoyan changed the ending, and that Trevor thought it was better than his own ending.

    • Stan says:

      Trevor’s book is very good, an unnerving story carefully and imaginatively told. It’s so long since I saw the film, I forget the ending. Hidden Ground sounds interesting.

    • Fiona says:

      Eimear: Ooh, curious that. Must go and read the original now…

      Stan: I’d also like to see Ballroom of Romance. Apparently caused quite the scandal back in the day . . .


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