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Dan Carrier’s movies news: Toni Morrison; London Book and Screen Week

06 March, 2020 — By Dan Carrier

Toni Morrison. Photo: Timothy Greenfield Sanders

AUTHOR Toni Morrison, who died in August last year, is the subject of a wide-ranging documentary that lays out the life and times of this extraordinary writer in Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. Morrison’s body of work came to both entertain and inform, as powerful testament to the political conflicts and race issues that dogged America in the 20th century. It tackles how she worked, the topics her books covered – and the effect her writing had on others. But it is also a warm and truthful portrayal of one of the great voices of American literature: this is no stuffy, highly intellectualised consideration of the power of the written word, rather a celebration of a person whose voice lives on.

London Book and Screen Week is the spring celebration of all that comes off the written page in to the visual medium – and as regular readers of this column will recall from last week, we’re always up for a bit of HG Wells. The festival, running from Monday, includes an immersive show based on War Of The Worlds. The book, that has been made into more than 20 films, is brought to life using immersive theatre, virtual reality, holograms and music from the soundtrack written by composer Jeff Wayne. Other highlights include the chance to explore the graphic art of Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and a Karl Marx Walking Tour. See www.londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk for full listings and details.


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