Stephen King

BFI Southbank Guide Sep-Oct 2017

‘MONSTERS ARE REAL, AND GHOSTS ARE REAL TOO. THEY LIVE INSIDE US – AND SOMETIMES THEY WIN’ STEPHEN KING One of the most frequently adapted writers in history, Stephen King is as formidable a cinematic force as he is a literary one, writes season curator Michael Blyth Is there a contemporary novelist who has had a greater impact on cinema than Stephen King? Since Carrie’s telekinetic meltdown at the prom over four decades ago, his creations have hit screens, both big and small, with unwavering regularity. Scarcely a year passes without a handful of new interpretations, and now, with over 100 features, shorts and (in name only) sequels in existence, the ‘Stephen King movie’ is a sub-genre in itself. But while King’s name is synonymous with horror, this season proves his work can make for richly varied, genre-bending cinema. As 2017 sees an exciting new crop of adaptations including It and The Dark Tower, and King’s 70th birthday, there’s no better time to celebrate and re-evaluate his invaluable contribution to the moving image. All hail the King. WANT MORE? MEDIA PARTNERS See p6 for a preview of It, p52 for Future Film Recommends, and p57 for the Mediatheque’s Gothic collection


BFI Southbank Guide Sep-Oct 2017
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