Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here is what I watched in my busy June:
The Lady Vanishes (2019)
Not Read Play Theatre
I spent a wonderful evening at the theatre to see this new stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 thriller – based on Ethel Lin White’s The Wheel Spins novel – which is currently touring the UK. This classic tale of English socialite Iris searching for a kind stranger who vanishes on a train, was brought to life by a great all-star cast, including Lorna Fitzgerald (EastEnders) and Matt Barber (Downton Abbey) as the two young leads. I also loved the Nazi occupied Austrian setting twist. Great watch.
Das Boot (2018)
Not Read TV Series Television
Then on my night’s in this month, I worked my way through the box set of this new war drama, a sequel to the 1981 film and both based on Lother-Günther Buchheim’s novels Das Boot and Die Festung. Set nine months after the film, the series follows two siblings: translator Simone Strasser stationed in La Rochelle and her brother Frank aboard U-612. A gripping, gritty and intimate look at the war, especially the dangerous, claustrophobic life aboard the infamous U-boats. Great watch.
Altogether that’s two new-to-me adaptations watched. I also enjoyed re-watching Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Which brings my grand total up to three adaptations watched over the month. As well as those I still have the American fantasy drama Once Upon a Time (Series 1) to complete and I started watching the newest series of the dark, dystopian drama, The Handmaid’s Tale (Series 3).
As for non-adaptations, I eagerly worked my way through the whole box set of the newest series of Sky Atlantic’s glamorous drama, Riviera (Series 2), starring Julia Stiles and the new addition of Jack Fox as a new rakish threat.
Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?