From Page to Screen (June 2017)

Here’s to another month of books and movies!

While June usually means the coming of summer and plenty of sunshine, the movie adaptations hitting the big screen this month aren’t as cheerful. Stories of love and survival during World War II, a mysterious death in the family, and an assassin with a change of heart. Thank goodness for comic books!

“The Kaiser’s Last Kiss” by Alan Judd

A fictionalised account of the Kaiser Wilhelm’s last years in Nazi-occupied Holland. It is 1940 and the exiled Kaiser is living in Holland, at his palace Huis Doorn. The old German king spends his days chopping logs and musing on what might have been. When the Nazis invade Holland, the Kaiser’s Dutch staff are replaced by SS guards, led by young, eager Untersturmfuhrer Krebbs, and an unlikely relationship develops between the king and his keeper. While they agree on the rightfulness of German expansion and on holding the country’s Jewish population accountable for all ills, they disagree on the solutions. Krebbs’s growing attraction and love affair with Akki, a Jewish maid in the house, further undermines his belief in Nazism. But as the tides of war roll around them, all three find themselves increasingly compromised and gravely at risk. This subtle, tender novel borrows heavily from real history and events, but remains a work of superlative, literary fiction. Through Judd’s depiction of the Lear-like Kaiser and the softening of brutal Krebbs, the novel draws unique parallels between Germany at the turn of the 20th century and Hitler’s Germany. (Source: Chapters Indigo)

In theatres: June 2, 2017

“My Cousin Rachel” by Daphne du Maurier

Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in making Philip his heir, knowing he will treasure his beautiful Cornish estate. But Philip’s world is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries – and then dies suddenly in suspicious circumstances.

Before long, the new widow – Philip’s cousin Rachel – arrives in England. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, mysterious woman. But could she have caused Ambrose’s death? (Source: Chapter Indigo)

In theatres: June 9, 2017

“The Hunter’s Prayer” by Kevin Wignall

Sitting in the sun in a small Tuscan town, her boyfriend beside her and a drink in her hand, Ella Hatto’s life seems beautiful and calm. But someone is watching her. Something unimaginable is about to happen, and Ella’s life will never be the same again.

Drawn suddenly into a dark and deadly world, one that has already claimed the lives of her parents and brother, Ella is forced to face the unbearable truth of her new reality. Gone are the aspirations and dreams she once had—the expectation of a normal life. The new Ella must be ruthless and unforgiving if she is ever to survive.

With the help of Lucas, a retired hitman with his own painful past to escape, Ella goes in search of the enemy she never knew she had. Terrible crimes have been committed—but vengeance will be hers. (Source: Chapters Indigo)

In theatres: June 9, 2017

“A Bag of Marbles” by Joseph Joffo

When Joseph Joffo was ten years old, his father gave him and his brother fifty francs and instructions to flee Nazi-occupied Paris and, somehow, get to the south where France was free. Previously out of print, this book is a captivating and memorable story; readers will instinctively find themselves rooting for these children caught in the whirlwind of World War II. (Source: Chapters Indigo)

In theatres: June 26, 2017

“Wonder Woman” by William Moulton Marston

The the iconic Amazonian princess, daughter of Zeus, needs no introduction. Wonder Woman finally gets her movie and comic book nerds are raving! Appearing in over 600 issues since 1941, this heroine deserves her big break on the silver screen.

In theatres: June 2, 2017

Happy reading and enjoy the movies!

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