I have just watched the first episode of the Company Pictures production for BBC 4 the D.H. Lawrence adaptation ‘Women In Love‘ – an adaptation not just of the book of the same name but its prequel The Rainbow.
Women In Love was also made into a film by Ken Russell in 1969 but unseen by me like the novels are unread so this then was my first introduction to its saga of the Brangwen sisters.
Set in the first decades of the 19th Century this is a tale of passions bridled and unbridled, in marriage and out, amidst science and religion colliding – industrial technological progress welcome and unwelcome. All unfolded in a whirl quickly bringing the first ninety minute episode to its close.
Hermione Ruddice played by Olivia Grant
I thought the casting was impressive throughout and I particularly enjoyed Rachael Stirling as Ursula Brangwen, Rory Kinnear as Rupert Birkin, Joseph Mawle as Gerald Crich and Olivia Grant as Hermione Roddice.
I am looking forward the second and concluding episode aired later this week – in these days of time-shifted programming I am not going to list particular dates and times save to say it will be aired a number of times on BBC 4 and its HD channel along with the web courtesy of the BBC iPlayer
And yet more books that I will have to add to my reading list!
Song poet Kate Nash has extended her musical and lyrical talents to a new blog My Ignorant Youth.
It came to my notice from this tweet of hers on March 20th – and she is certainly committed to it so far – no half-hearted record label blog is this with infrequent posts when the artist has new merchandise to promote or feels the need to attach themselves to some current news-story – it is in keeping with her songs poetic, creative and passionate.
Her most recent post was a very non-music business one of her Nan’s 80th birthday. Yet others about her Rock and Roll After-School Music Club – a scheme to get girls into song-writing (see this Independent Article for more details) – and of her current tour across the UK.
In addition to the words and photos fitting artwork is contributed from friend and fellow blogger Kate O’Brien.
I made no hesitation in following her – my only surprise is that there are only 197 followers so far – I am sure that will change as much for her wider celebrity as it being a creative and original blog.
I seem to have followed her twice myself – not intentional – I got bamboozled by the Google Blogger registration process – and I am not that easily bamboozled – I think!
I will be following her ‘My Ignorant Youth’ blog with as much pleasure as I do her tweets.