All Scripts are Adaptations?

Presented by: Michael Eaton, MBE

Date: Friday 6 August 2021
Time: 1–2pm
Location: Zoom Recording


Abstract

As well as producing original dramas for film, television, theatre and radio Michael Eaton has adapted literary works and written documentary dramas based on true life events.  In this short talk he speculates on the creative process and structure of adaptation.


Presenter

Michael Eaton is an award-winning dramatist for cinema, television, radio and the theatre who has written TV docu-dramas such as Why Lockerbie, the BAFTA-nominated Shoot to Kill and Shipman for ITV and original dramas including Signs and Wonders and Flowers Of The Forest for the BBC. His script for the HBO feature film Fellow Traveller won Best Screenplay at the British Film Awards in 1989. He has written four plays for Nottingham Playhouse of which the last was Charlie Peace – His Amazing Life and Astounding Legend, revived in 2018 at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the subject of his most recent publication. He has adapted several works of Charles Dickens for BBC Radio 4 including The Pickwick Papers starring Timothy Spall; George Silverman’s Explanation with Paul Scofield; The Bride’s Chamber and The Special Correspondent for Posterity which was commissioned for the Dickens bicentenary of 2012 for which he also co-wrote and narrated, with Adrian Wootton, an Arena documentary: Dickens and Film. His theatrical adaptation of Great Expectations premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016. Other original radio plays include Washington 9/11; The Conflict Is Over (about the Northern Ireland peace process); Out of the Blue; By A Young Officer – Churchill on the North-West Frontier and, with the composer Neil Brand, The Cave of Harmony and Waves Breaking On A Shore. He studied Social Anthropology at King’s College, Cambridge and, thirty-five years later, made The Masks of Mer, a documentary film about the anthropologist Alfred Haddon who made the first ethnographic films in the Torres Straits in 1898 which was also the subject of his 2015 BBC Radio 3 drama Head Hunters, the text of which has been published by Shoestring Press which also published his translation of Ernest Renan’s play The Priest of Nemi. His latest publication is Based On A True Story – Real Made-Up Men (Shoestring Press 2020), a collection of essays and scripts. He was awarded the M.B.E. for Services to Film in the 1999 New Year’s honours list and was Visiting Professor in the School of Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University for which institution he wrote a play, All Schools Should Be Art Schools, to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the foundation of the Nottingham School of Art. He is to receive a Doctorate of Letters from NTU in 2021.


 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

 


School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - What Has Streaming Done to Television? Platform Interfaces and Contemporary Viewing Dr Elliott Logan

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Building cultural citizenship through drama: A study of The Community Theatre in Singapore Dr Natalie Lazaroo

Friday, 23 April
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Passing as White (Collar): Jim Crow’s Typewriter and the Harlem Renaissance Dr Tamlyn Avery

Friday, 7 May
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - HDR Roundtable: Ethical or exploitative? The representation of violence and trauma in literature and screen media  Bonnie Evans, Taryn Bashford, Jasmine Sandes, Meg Vann

Friday, 21 May
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Converging Professions or Practices? Shifting Dynamics in a Digital Communication World Toning Down the Antagonism Between Communication and Journalism Dr Franzisca Weder

Friday, 4 June
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Facilitating co-innovation towards sustainable livestock systems in Timor Leste – pulling out all the (communication) stops A/Prof Elske van de Fliert

Friday, 18 June
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar -  Holograms and (Dis) Embodied Intimacy in an Era of Ubiquitous Computing Dr Samantha Lindop

Friday, 6 August
1-2pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - All Scripts are Adaptations? Michael Eaton MBE

Friday, 27 August
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Chilling Effect: The law, lawyers, journalists, and editorial processes Dr Richard Murray

Friday, 10 September
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Mrs America’s Prosthetic Feminist Memory: The ‘Discovery’ of a Cool Feminism for Postfeminist Times Dr Marg Henderson and Dr Anthea Taylor (USyd)

Friday, 24 September
1-2pm

Online via Zoom

In coversation with Laura Elvery A/Prof Stephen Carleton

 

Venue

Online via Zoom