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2 items from 2012

Why is Susan Hill pleading poverty when The Woman in Black's film adaptation took £20m in the UK?

21 March 2012 2:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Despite multimillion-dollar budgets, a big-screen adaptation of a popular book may not result in untold riches for its original author

Penniless novelists may not weep for Susan Hill. The author of The Woman in Black claims she is "broke" despite the Daniel Radcliffe-led adaptation of her 1983 novel taking more than $US50m in the Us and £20m in the UK. Hill's stage play of the same story has run in the West End for 23 years and the 69-year-old author of acclaimed novels such as A Bit of Singing and Dancing lives on a 50-acre farm in Gloucestershire and even has her own publishing imprint.

But she has a good point. "Films always make everyone else rich save the author," she tweeted to one of her followers. "Film accounting", she told another, is "very weird".

Hollywood needs authors. Five of the nine films nominated for best picture at this year's Oscars were adapted from novels, »

- Patrick Barkham

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War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, film by Steven Spielberg - review

1 March 2012 1:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

'Michael Morpurgo portrays the brilliance of the plot and Steven Spielberg brought it into the spotlight with pinpoint perfection'

It was the year 1914 in the town of Devon, set away into the mountains. A boy watched the birth of a young horse. Little did he know that he would shape the horse's future. His name was Albert Narracott.

Being the son of a former soldier, Albert was a strong willed and determined boy. He was excited when his father bought the unsteady thoroughbred horse. He was not irked by the fact that his father had wasted all their money on the weak-legged beast. He realized that the situation was worse than it seemed. They were already feeling the clutches of poverty but his father had spent most of their money on the horse. Albert was unmoved and spent most of his time training the horse he called Joey. Soon »

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