Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Community Library's Our Moveable Feast goes to the movies!

The Community Library in Ketchum's annual fundraiser is coming up, March 11, with the theme of books made into films. "Slumdog Millionaire," reviewed here by feast organizer Peggy Goldwyn, will be shown free, Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Vikas Swarup, the man who wrote "Q&A," the book upon which the film "Slumdog Millionaire" is based, was born in London and wrote the book while he was an Indian diplomat on a tour of duty in Britain. His motivation was to write a thriller, and the book opens: "I have been arrested. For winning a quiz show."

Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and director Danny Boyle kept the book's premise of telling the story in flashback, but the hero, in this case, had been arrested before winning the show. Friends were made into brothers, a love interest was created and what had been a series of short stories became one saga. "I was forewarned of the changes," Swarup told The Guardian newspaper. "The film is beautiful."

Beaufoy, on his part, credits Swarup's invention: "This very seductive core of it ... this guy on a game show, and the money is doubling each time."

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