The Book-to-Film Adaptation Club is a community of people who enjoy exploring book-to-film adaptations. We read a book, meet up to exchange ideas about it, see the film together, then compare the book and film in a group discussion.
• Is the Book-to-Film Adaptation Club like a book club?
Yes. Reading a book with a reward at the end; the reward is meeting up with like-minded people to discuss the book and experience the big-screen version together.
• How many events do I have to attend?
You can come to as many or as few events as you like; it really helps to be guided by the books you want to read.
There are between two and four adaptation events every month and if it's two weeks, two months or two years before you come to an event because you're busy or you don't see anything which interests you, that's completely fine.
• Where are events held?
Events are held wherever the adaptation is being screened, mainly venues in the city/inner west.
Venues in 2014-2016 were: Palace Norton St, Verona, Chauvel, Dendy Newtown, Dendy Quays, Event Cinemas George St, Newtown Hotel, Event Cinemas Burwood (once for a film festival), Art Gallery of NSW, Govinda's, State Library, Randwick Ritz, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hayden Orpheum, and Golden Age Cinema.
• What happens at an adaptation event?
Events are 3 to 3 1/2 hours long and include:
- a book discussion in a café near the cinema
- a film screening for which everyone buys their own ticket
- a post-film debrief, usually in a quiet part of the cinema.
We often start the book discussion online the week before and might continue debriefing online afterwards.
• When are events held?
Saturday evenings with the occasional Sunday afternoon and very occasional weekday evening.
• How much time will I have to read the book?
Events are scheduled three weeks to two months in advance.
• How do I join?
This group is free. An identifiable face photo is the only requirement.
• What is an identifiable face photo?
A clear, recognisable, forward facing headshot, unobstructed by sunglasses or a hat: identifiable face photo.
• Why do I need an identifiable face photo?
Your request to join will only be approved if you have an identifiable face photo for this group. When members post an identifiable face photo of themselves it's the start of a friendly relationship with the group. Completing the Member Profile is very helpful too!
Your profile photo helps the organiser and members connect with you and recognise you when you attend an event. The Book-to-Film Adaptation Club is a secure group; our profiles are only visible to other members of the Book-to-Film Adaptation Club.
• What if I don't finish reading the book?
If you haven't read the book, change your RSVP to No and choose a different adaptation event so you have time to read ahead. That way everyone gets the most out of our events. There are also loads of Meetup groups for people interested in just seeing movies.
• Can I bring a friend, partner or family member to an event?
We're a small, collaborative group, so 'plus ones' aren't permitted. Your friend, partner or family member is warmly invited to join the group and participate by reading ahead for events with everyone else.
• How long are the books?
The lengths of the books vary; you'll find the approximate number of pages in the details of every event e.g. (~250 pp) so you know how much reading you're in for.
• How do I find the right book?
You'll find book's title and author in the event details. Books for adaptation events are available in bookshops, online as ebooks or (most of them) in a library.
• How do I buy a ticket?
You'll find ticketing information in the event details; everyone buys their own movie ticket.