Film: a Turning point for cinema

By Guy Somerset In Film

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Most film-makers adapting a book they consider “a cryptic jigsaw puzzle” would try to simplify it. But when Australian writer, director and producer Robert Connolly embarked on a big-screen version of Tim Winton’s best-selling short-story collection The Turning (2004), he chose an approach that would make it more cryptic still. Even Winton thought Connolly’s idea “daft” – but “so daft it might actually work. Anyone mad enough to try it deserved a crack.” Most of the 17 stories that make up The Turning are interconnected, dipping back and forth in time, ...

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