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Children of Men

December 10th, 2006 (01:27 pm)
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I finally caught Children of Men last night, at a late screening at the Phoenix, accompanied by KT and fellow BBW-redaktorin IM. I read P.D. James's novel soon after its publication, and remember little of it other than what I read as quiet nobility in its hero, Oxford don Theo Faron, and James's vision of a future Britain where, in an age of human sterility, parliament has wrapped up and placed government in the hands of one man, Theo's cousin, who becomes the Lord Warden.

Alfonso Cuaron's film adaptation keeps the basic story, concepts - such as the state-backed suicide programme, the Quietus - and character names from James's novel but his future world is more aggressively dystopic, with more swearing than Baroness James of Holland Park would commit to paper; and where the forces pursuing Theo in the book are those of the government, here they are insurgents, leading to a bloody battle scene set in a Bexhill converted into a huge and chaotic camp for (re-)'fugees'. The Oxford connection is gone too, save for Pam Ferris's Miriam once having been a midwife at the John Radcliffe. I suspect that I didn't appreciate all of James's Christian allusions when I read the book, but they are attenuated or absent here. The fate of Britain turns out differently in the book, and the much-hoped for child is instead taken away to other fortunate isles. Nonetheless there are some very strong performances, particularly those from Michael Caine, Julianne Moore, and particularly Claire-Hope Ashitey.

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Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: December 10th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)

I put it to you that you have done a total of two hours' work this week.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 10th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)

That's about right, actually.

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: December 10th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)

...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 10th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)

...in terms of paid work, anyway. I'm also working on things which are nonetheless work but which don't bring in any money but which need to be done, such as the book proposal, the flat-rearranging, and the launch party-going which is justifiable as networking.