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Melbourne Celebrates Dickens

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at Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library Victoria

Life of Dickens

The Wheeler Centre and Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) are proud to present the Adrian Wootton Illustrated Film Talks, supported by MIFF 37 South Market & Accelerator. Adrian Wootton is co-director of Dickens 2012, the worldwide project to celebrate the life, work and enduring legacy of Dickens. A former director of the London Film Festival, British Film Institute and the UK’s national Film Theatre, Wootton, presently Film London’s chief executive, will present a series of fascinating talks exploring how Dickens’ work has been imagined for the screen.

This talk examines the life and times of Dickens, his literary legacy and innovations, his key fascination with – and lasting influence on – crime fiction, and his inspiration for countless screen adaptations.

The talk is preceded at 9.30am by a screening of The First Fagin, the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported documentary about the infamous Australian convict Ikey Soloman, who is renowned as the inspiration for Fagin from Dickens’ much-loved Oliver Twist. The First Fagin can be booked separately (via the Melbourne International Film Festival website).

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Portrait of Adrian Wootton

Adrian Wootton

Adrian Wootton is chief executive of Film London, director of crime and mystery festival Crime Scene, and a program advisor to the London Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.

Melbourne Celebrates Dickens

Two hundred years since Charles Dickens was born, four of Melbourne’s great cultural institutions are getting together to honour his great legacy, in public events across film, literature and performance, in Melbourne Celebrates Dickens. Kicking off with MIFF Premiere Fund supported screenings of the renowned First Fagin, August will see a rush of Dickens-related events from ACMI, MIFF, MWF and the Wheeler Centre.

The Wheeler Centre and MIFF are proud to present the Adrian Wootton Illustrated Film Talks, supported by MIFF 37 South Market & Accelerator. Adrian Wootton is co-director of Dickens 2012, the worldwide project to celebrate the life, work and enduring legacy of Dickens. A former director of the London Film Festival, British Film Institute and the UK’s national Film Theatre, Wootton, presently Film London’s chief executive, will present a series of fascinating talks exploring how Dickens' work has been imagined for the screen.

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