David Copperfield: Dickens for the 21st Century

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 22 March 2021 > What's On

The Personal History of David Copperfield is far from the first adaptation of Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel. But Armando Iannucci has given the story a very new feel, while keeping Dickens’ humour and playing with that idea of autobiography and the art of inventing oneself through the act of writing. Iannucci is known for … Continue reading “David Copperfield: Dickens for the 21st Century”

Studying “The Buddha of Suburbia” in LLCER

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 08 January 2021 >

The Buddha of Suburbia, by Hanif Kureishi, one of the novels proposed as an oeuvre intégrale on the LLCER Terminale curriculum, deals with many themes that are relevant to students today: the search for identity, race, and racism and integration. These exercises, based on the first four chapters of the novel, will prepare students for … Continue reading “Studying “The Buddha of Suburbia” in LLCER”

Booker Prize Shortlist 2020

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 06 November 2020 > What's On

The UK’s most prestigious literary prize, the Booker, will be awarded on 19 November. This year’s shortlist of six books, including four debut novels, is very diverse, featuring authors from the U.S., Zimbabwe and Ethiopia as well as a single representative from the U.K. Four of the picks  centre around parent-child relationships. Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie … Continue reading “Booker Prize Shortlist 2020”

Film Festival Time

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 03 August 2020 > What's On

The autumn is approaching, and with it two traditional cinematic highlights: the Deauville American and Dinard British film festivals. Like everything else, they will be a little less traditional this year but not necessarily in a bad way. (Deauville will include films from the cancelled Cannes and Annecy festivals, even if it features fewer Hollywood … Continue reading “Film Festival Time”

Book Notes: The Hate U Give

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 28 May 2020 > What's On

The Hate U Give (THUG for short) was published in 2017. The setting, events, and characters of this coming-of-age story are largely inspired by Thomas’s own life. It was a number-one New York Times Best Seller, made the 2017 National Book Award Longlist, and was adapted into a movie in 2018. The protagonist is Starr Carter, a … Continue reading “Book Notes: The Hate U Give”

Little Women: Big Film

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 05 February 2020 > What's On

Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of the classic coming-of-age story Little Women retells the story of the novel in parallel with the life of its author, Louisa May Alcott. Alcott wrote the novel in 1868. She had been writing stories commercially for several years when a publisher asked her to write a novel for girls. Alcott … Continue reading “Little Women: Big Film”

Little Women

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 31 January 2020 >

Greta Gerwig’s latest movie based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel will take you into a female world in which conventions are defied, questioned and challenged by four sisters. Indeed, these four women on the brink of emancipation shatter the traditional image of upper-middle class young ladies whose role (and even duty) was to get married … Continue reading “Little Women”