Book to Box Office

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It’s any ambitious author’s dream to have his or her novel optioned for adaptation into a feature film. When the writer’s words become electric, so – of course – might the bank account, the personal profile and the advance on the next novel.

But making books into movies involves another sort of magic and another sort of magician – the screenwriter.

Book to Box Office explores the shadowy world where the words become pictures – where novels are trimmed, changed, reshuffled and bent into the shapes of feature films. We meet authors (Alan Duff, Jenny Patrick, Tessa Duder) who saw their work reworked … and screenwriters (Ian Mune, Ken Catran, Riwia Brown) who made the books into films. Some were highly successful – but what happens when the marriage between writer and screenwriter goes bad?

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Production Details

Producer: Colin Hogg

Exec producer: Andrea Lamb

Network exec: Philippa Mossman

Director: John Callen

Researchers: Kirsten Warner, Louise Callen

Online Editor: Norm Skipp

Offline Editor: Margaret Kelly

Line producer: Kate Cresswell

Production Assistant: Gayle Hogan

DOP: Rewa Harre

Audio Post: Terry Murphy

Sound: Deb Frame, Scott George, Dale Nelson

Graphics: Louis Hyman

Financial Controller: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: TVNZ