Virtual Book Club
We are 4 weeks into lockdown and like us you’re probably running out of things to watch. Here at SR Events we love to pick up a book but love to sit with our families and watch a great film too. So we have compiled a list of films that are related to books. Of course, there are the well-known films based on books, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, The Railway Children and all the marvel films (because comic books count as a book, right?!) There are also the films that you may not realise were based on a book like, Phantom of the Opera, The Green Mile and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. We have put together a list of films that we thought you might like to watch or read.
Written by Louise May Alcott’s, this novel was turned into a film in 2019 and stared Saoirse Roana, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh & Eliza Scanlen. The story is based on 4 sisters and their paths during the civil war. When one sister develops a devastating illness, it brings the sisters back together from around the world.
The Great Gatsby
This Classic Novel, written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 has had many film adaptations, most recent of which stars Leonardo di Caprio. Set in spring of 1922 in a fictional adaptation of New York City, a would-be writer Nick Carraway, played by Toby Maguire, moves in next door to a mysterious millionaire, Jay Gatsby, whose estate hosts parties to the socialites of New York. When Gatsby befriends Nick and is introduced to his cousin Daisey and her husband, Nick is witness to a tragic love story. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, who also directed Moulin Rouge, this is a modern-day adaptation of the classic novel and is not one to miss.
The Social Network
The Social Network is based on the book, the Accidental Billionaire. Directed by David Fincher and staring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, this film is a roller coaster of emotions. Starting in the dorm rooms of Harvard university you are taken on a journey of ups and downs. This is a unique film that will test your judgment of moral dilemmas.
Based on the book written by Stephen King, when a couple move from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children, they soon discover a mysterious cemetery hidden in a nearby woods by their new home. When something happens, they turn to their neighbours which starts a chain reaction of horrific incidents. The film adaptation directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer was released in 2019. If you love a horror film then this is a film and book for you.
The Blind Side
The Blind Side is based on the biography of Michael Ohar and Anne Tuohy from the projects of Memphis. When Anne Tuohy comes across a homeless Michael, she takes him into her family and they each find something they didn’t realise they where looking for. Together they see potential in Michael and guide him to become one of the best football players the school has ever seen.
Films based on True Stories
There are also a lot of true stories out there that have been made into films, some you may know like 12 Years a Slave, Pearl Harbour and Catch Me If You Can and some you may not know, such as Coach Carter, The Monuments Men and The Help. If you’re looking for something to sit and watch with loved one’s then why not try some of the below.
Pursuit of Happyness
The Pursuit of Happyness is the story of Chris Gardener who is trying to pick up his life after he makes a business decision that costs him his life’s earnings. The film was released in 2006, directed by Gabriele Muccino and is the first film for Will Smith to star alongside his son Jaden Smith. After his experience with homelessness Chris Gardenner now sponsors several Homeless associations and is a world-renowned speaker.
The Imitation Game
During world war 2, The English Mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the German enigma code with the help from other mathematicians. Released in 2014 Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role as Alan Turing and stars alongside Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode, they portray the story of the crucial role Alan played with his team.
Hidden Figures is the story of three female African American mathematicians for NASA who play an important role in the astronaut, John Glenn’s launch into Orbit while dealing with racial and gender discrimination at work. Directed by Theodore Melfi and staring Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe. Katherine Johnson played by Taraji P. Henson appeared at the Golden Globes and presented the best documentary award in 2017.
The Upside is based on the story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his recovery after a tragic accident. He is in search of a care assistant and comes across a man looking for a job after spending some time in jail. Through the film it is a rollercoaster of emotions. Directed by Neil Burger and staring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston there is bound to be a few tears of sadness and joy!
Self-Made a new Netflix series based on the stories of real people from the past, that maybe not everyone knows about, The story is about a self-made millionaire Madam C.J Walker, who made her millions by creating her own hair products and creating her dream. Staring Octavia Spencer as madam C.J. Walker and Tiffany Haddish. This is the first in hopefully many more Self-Made Series by Netflix.