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Great Adaptations: The English Patient (1996)

Past Event

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 - 2pm to 5pm

Great Adaptations: The English Patient (1996)

With Andrew L Urban and John Seale

Since the inception of modern cinema people have been asking the question: Do you prefer the book or the film? Join us at the Library for Great Adaptations, a series of winter screenings of award-winning films adapted from books.

Andrew L Urban hosts this series of screenings followed by informal discussions. So why not escape the winter chill in the cosy surrounds of the Metcalfe Auditorium and reacquaint yourself with some classic stories?

Great Adaptations; 3 Part Series

  •  Saturday, June 11, Movie 1: Romeo and Juliet (1996)

  • Wednesday, July 13, Movie 2: The English Patient (1996)

  • Saturday, August 13, Movie 3: Atonement (2007)


Head shot of Andrew L Urban

Andrew L Urban

Andrew L Urban is the Editor and Publisher of Australia’s weekly online movie magazine, launched in 1997.

As a freelance journalist (1980s & 1990s), Andrew has contributed over 2,000 articles & interviews to mainstream media, including The Australian & The Australian Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald & Sun Herald, The Bulletin (no longer published), and several specialist publications, mostly about film and filmmaking. He presents (since 2005) the movie appreciation course Movies Now, for Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education.

He created the iconic prime time TV interview series, Front Up, which ran for nine years (in the 1990s) on SBS TV and was Channel Host on the World Movies Channel for 6 years (2002 – 2007).

He was co-editor of Edge of the Known World, the history of the first 25 years of the Australian Film TV & Radio School, for which he interviewed dozens of past and current students of the school and wrote & narrated the 60 minute ABC documentary based on that work.


John Seale holding his OscarJohn Seale

John Seale AM ACS ASC is an Australian cinematographer. He won an Oscar for his work in the 1996 film The English Patient. He is known for his work on Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and Rain Man (1988).

As of 2010 John has shot 41 feature films, won 15 major Awards for Best Cinematography and been nominated on a further 20 occasions. In 1997, John received the Academy Award for The English Patient and granted Doctor of the University by Griffith University. In 2002 John was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the Arts as an Australian and internationally acclaimed cinematographer. In Feb 2011 the American Society of Cinematographers then honoured John as International Cinematographer of the Year.

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