It seems inevitable that if you write books as well as Tim Winton, sooner or later someone will make a movie of it. Thankfully, the film adaptations tend to be pretty good overall. Directors are wise not to stray too far from the deft plotting and lyrical sophistication of our acclaimed writer’s stories. In the Winter Dark, That Eye, The Sky and now The Turning have all been translated for the screen. Whilst The former two are quite faithful representations of Winton’s originals, The Turning stands out as a unique and ambitious cinematic experiment.
In order to imaginatively transpose the 17 distinct but linked short stories from this volume, producer/director Robert Connolly has invited 17 individual directors and their crews to each interpret a single story. The result is impressive and at over three hours long immersive, in the way every Tim Winton book seems to be.
Packing some stellar Australian acting talent with amongst others, Rose Byrne, Cate Blanchett, and Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh, The Turning absorbs the viewer just as the original set of stories did.
Showing in most capital cities for a limited time.
- The Turning – A New Experience In Australian Cinema (pamelacook.wordpress.com)
- Film Review: Tim Winton’s The Turning (themarshalltown.com)
- Cinematic Release of Tim Winton’s The Turning (sharonsbooknook.com)