Charles Dickens Screen Adaptations To Unspool in UAE

British Council and Abu Dhabi Film Festival teams to present retrospective.

LONDON –  The British Council is teaming up with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) to take the largest retrospective ever staged of film and TV works based on or inspired by Charles Dickens, to the United Arab Emirates.

Running March 27 to April 2, 10 films – including a fragment of a 1913 silent film version of David Copperfield -- will unspool in Abu Dhabi, to coincide with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2012 at which the U.K. is Country of Focus.

“Not only does this wonderful series present a selection of skilled adaptations of literature to film, but it offers a chance to see some outstanding performances by British screen stars such as Dirk Bogarde, Joyce Grenfell, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson, John Mills, Alastair Sim and Jean Simmons,” said ADFF executive director Peter Scarlet.

The season is part of Dickens 2012, the worldwide celebrations throughout 2012 marking the 200th anniversary of the writer's birth.

The ADDF also said it is becoming part of media group twofour54. The festival team will now work out of twofour54’s Khalifa Park campus.

The sixth ADFF will run Oct 11-20.

The festival was established in 2007 by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.

The Abu Dhabi Film Commission had moved under twofour54 in 2011.

Scarlet said: “The Film Festival’s move to twofour54 is a natural progression in our continuing efforts to build film literacy and culture in Abu Dhabi and the region reaching out to emerging and established filmmakers.”