What have Michael Bennett (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue) and Christine Leunens got in common? Well, their novels have not only been snapped up by numerous international publisher but the stories are also currently making their way from the page to the screen. Doug Brooks facilitates this ‘behind the scenes’ discussion about the adaptation of Better the Blood and In Amber's Wake.
Michael Bennett is an award-winning screenwriter, director and author. His short films and feature films have won awards internationally. Better the Blood tells the story of tenacious Māori police detective Hana Westerman who is pulled into the search for Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s first serial killer. Better the Blood is Bennett's first novel. His first book, In Dark Places (2016), won the Ngaio Marsh Award for nonfiction crime writing.
Christine Leunens’ new novel, In Amber’s Wake, is a romantic drama that is as unpredictable as it is heartfelt, by the author of Prix Médicis-nominated book Caging Skies, which was adapted into the Academy Award-winning movie 'Jojo Rabbit' directed by Taika Waititi. The film adaptation of In Amber’s Wake, whose screenplay Leunens penned, is currently being made into a motion picture, by the producer of the Academy Award-winning 'Thelma & Louise'.
Bennett and Leunens will reveal what happens behind the scenes when making a book into a film. Do authors get a say on casting actors? What do you take from the book for the screenplay, what do you need to leave behind? How does the financing of a film work; where do the millions come from? Editing a film, as opposed to a book. Working with hundreds of others, instead of working alone.
Buy the pukapuka here:
Christine Leunens: Amber's Wake | Michael Bennett: Better The Blood
With thanks to HarperCollins and Bateman Books.