Posted on 02/05/2013
Screening of ‘Hanyut’(Almayer’s Folly) with post-film panel discussion with the director, U-Wei Haji Saan
The Screening Room, Somerset House, Strand, London
Thursday 6 June 2013
Screening: (17.30 for) 18.00 start. Discussion: 20.15 – 21.00.
Free Event, 60 places available (there will however be a no-show fee of £20)
Screening (from 18.00)
Hanyut is an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s first novel, Almayer’s Folly, the first of a trilogy of novels set in the Malay Archipelago. In this version, Almayer, a Dutch trader, is struggling to survive in Malaysia at the turn of the nineteenth century. His dreams of finding gold and escaping from what has become a prison to him are challenged by his Malay wife’s more practical schemes. This domestic drama takes place against the backdrop of the complex life of the cosmopolitan society of the riverbank.
U-Wei Haji Saan was born in Pahang and studied film-making at the New York School for Social Research in New York City. Hanyut is his tenth film. He is an active member of the Malaysian Film Directors’Organisation and the first Malaysian director to be invited to show at the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes (1995).
Discussion (from 20.15)
After the film there will be a short comfort break followed by a panel discussion with the director. The panel will be led and chaired by Professor Robert Hampson, who is the author of Cross-Cultural Encounters in Joseph Conrad’s Malay Fiction and Conrad’s Secrets. The panel includes Professor Jonathon Powell, Head of the Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, formerly Head of Drama at the BBC and Controller of BBC 1, who was responsible for a number of adaptations, including The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Barchester Chronicles, Pride and Prejudice, Sons and Lovers, and Smiley’s People; Professor Barry Langford, Professor of Film Studies at Royal Holloway and a professional screenwriter; Dr Andrew Purssell, a Conrad scholar who is currently collaborating with Richard Hand on a book on film adaptations of Graham Greene’s novels; Andrew Glazzard, who is currently completing a PhD on Conrad and popular Edwardian fiction.
+More details of the event and booking at The Cultural Capital Exchange website