At the New Zealand Film Awards, Mr. Pip won for Best Actor (Hugh Laurie), Best Actress (Xzannjah), Best Score (Harry Gregson-Williams and Tim Finn), and Best Costume Design (Ngila Dickson). (More info here.) Congratulations to the winners!
I wanted to go see this presentation of the 1910 film of A Christmas Carol (along with some other films), but I have a schedule conflict. No worries -- thanks to the miracle of YouTube, I found it online! Starring Marc McDermott as Scrooge, it's only 11 minutes long.
There's some unintentional hilarity here: The actors have to gallop through the story at breakneck speed, the title cards are occasionally more confusing than enlightening, and the special effects made me giggle once or twice. I would think anyone who hadn't read the book would be completely lost. Still, it's pretty impressive for a 1910 movie, and as one of the very earliest Carol films, well worth viewing!
Boston College student Chelsea Bray has done some fascinating research on how The Lowell Offering, a literary journal run by female textile workers in Lowell, Massachusetts, helped inspire A Christmas Carol.Go here to read all about it!
Would you consider A Tale of Two Cities a Christmas story? (I mean the original novel, not the Ronald Colman film where Sydney accompanies Lucie to church.) Someone at Trinity Forum would, because they've included it in their new Christmas Collection of readings, along with writings of G. K. Chesterton, John Bunyan, Isak Dinesen, and O. Henry. Their website explains: "We couldn’t imagine a more fitting Reading for the Christmas season, when love personified came to this often brutal world, and offered opportunity for the oppressed and poor in spirit to be 'recalled to life.'"
Order this Christmas Collection in the next week using the coupon code "Christmas," and you'll get 15 percent off.
The website Today in Literature has a nice little writeup of Dickens's second trip to America, including the story about how young Kate Douglas Wiggin sat next to him on the train and talked with him about his books! (It actually went up yesterday, so technically, maybe this should be Yesterday in Literature?)
In Tacoma, Washington, on Sunday, a performance combining a live reading of A Christmas Carol with a virtual Victorian environment took place. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to post the story earlier, but at least you can read about how the whole thing was put together!