Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Life Of Riley UK Premiere

The UK premiere of Alain Resnais's final film Aimer, Boire et Chanter based on Alan Ayckbourn's play Life Of Riley will take place this month.
The film will be screened in a special performance at the Cine Lumiere at the Institut Francais in London on 26 April with members of the cast giving a Q&A after the screening.
Resnais’ final feature is described as "an ebullient, beautifully stylised adaptation of the work of British playwright Alan Ayckbourn aided by a dazzling ensemble cast." The playwright himself saw the film prior to its world premiere and described it as "extraordinaire."
Life Of Riley is set in the English countryside and focuses on the lives of three couples disturbed by a character we hear about but never see: the enigmatic George Riley. The terminally ill man is the focus for various people affected by his life: his best friend Jack (Michel Vuillermoz), urges George’s estranged young wife Monica (Sandrine Kiberlain) to return to her ailing husband during the final six months of his life; meanwhile, George’s doctor Colin (Hippolyte Girardot) attempts to obscure news of George’s illness from his gossipy wife (Sabine AzĂ©ma), who spends much of her time reflecting on life with Jack’s partner (Caroline Silhol).
This was the third film by Resnais adapted from a play by Alan Ayckbourn following Smoking / No Smoking and Private Fears In Public Places. Resnais had already begun work on a fourth adaptation, Arrivals & Departures, shortly before his death earlier this year.
The screening is taking place on 26 April at 8.40pm at the Institut Francais and the film will have English subtitles. It will be followed by a Q&A with actors Hippolyte Girardot and Caroline Silho with Alan Ayckbourn to be confirmed as part of the panel.
Further details about the screening can be found at the Institut Francais website by clicking here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Norman Conquests Back On DVD

Good news for fans of Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests, it has just been released again on DVD in the UK.
The television adaptation of the trilogy has been unavailable in the UK on DVD since 2008 and is now being published by Network.
The Norman Conquests stars Tom Conti, Penelope Wilton, Richard Briers, Penelope Keith, Bridget Turner and David Troughton. It was directed by Herbert Wise.
The trilogy is one of the most famous of all the screen adaptations of Alan Ayckbourn's plays, having marked the first time in British broadcast history that six hours of prime time television was dedicated to a living playwright.
The trilogy proved to be a great hit in both the UK and USA receiving a BAFTA nomination for Best Series as well as a BAFTA for Penelope Keith.
The Norman Conquests can be purchased from amazon at this link and further information can be found at the Network website here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Ayckbourn On The Airwaves

Alan Ayckbourn will be the subject of this weekend's Profile on BBC alongside several plays coinciding with the playwright's birthday next weekend.
Profile on BBC Radio 4 will present a short insight into the playwright as he approaches his 75th birthday by people who know and have worked with him. It can be heard at 7pm on Saturday 5 April and 5.40pm on Sunday 6 April. Click here for the programme's webpage.
There's also a chance to hear the playwright's acclaimed 1980 play Man Of The Moment on Radio 4 Extra this weekend with a cast which features Janie Dee and Tim Pigott-Smith amongst others.
Man of The Moment can be heard on Saturday at 6am and 4pm and on Sunday at 4am. It will be available on BBC iPlayer for seven days following Sunday's broadcast. Further information can be found here.
Alan Ayckbourn's 75th birthday will be marked by a broadcast of Relatively Speaking on Saturday 12 April at 6am and 4pm and on Sunday 13 April at 4am. The production stars Rosemary Leach, Michael Aldridge, Nigel Lambert and Joanna Wake. It will also be available on BBC iPlayer for seven days and further information can be found here.
There's also a final chance to catch Alan Ayckbourn's Things We Do For Love, which is currently on BBC iPlayer until Sunday 6 April and can be found here.