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Tolkiens Biopic Hello, folks, how are you Today I'm going to talk about a slightly

2020-01-17

Calmer theme than usual, a more pop theme, JRR Tolkien's biopic. And I'm going to dedicate this TT to Miriam Carvalho, Tiago de Oliveira and Csar Boanerges. For the time being, we have little information about this biopic. It was filmed in 2017 and it will be released sometime later this year, 2018. It is an American-based production. The official producer of the film is Fox Searchlight Pictures , a subsidiary of Fox, which is know for producing and distributing independent British movies. To give you an idea, Fox Searchlight has produced movies like "Juno (2007)", "Black Swan (2010)", "Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and "Little Miss Sunshine (2006)". Several Academy Awards nominated movies, and Slumdog Millionaire even won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture. Another producer involved is Chernin Entertainment whose most well-known movie is "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". What will the biopic talk about This movie will depict a very specific period of JRR Tolkien's life. And Srgio Ramos talked about this subject on the TT about Tolkiens Biography, which covers his youth, his romance with Edith Bratt, the War and Middle-earth (TT#18). The movie is set precisely on the time period covered in that biography. That is, it will show Tolkien's adolescence, when he met Edith Bratt, who would later become his wife. He and Edith were orphans at the time, and they met at Faulkner's inn and there they started a half-hidden romance. As Tolkien had lost his mother when he was 12 years old and he and his little brother, 2 years younger were tutored by a priest, who was friends with his mother, Mabel Tolkien. Little before she died, she made friendship with Father Francis Morgan and left the childrens custody for him. And this kind he was quite demanding priest, eventually forbade Tolkien from dating Edith, so Tolkien could focus on his formation. Tolkien met Edith at 16 and only years later would he come back to get in touch with her, and then they got married. She was already engaged, but he convinced her to get back to him. I believe a lot of people already know this story and this will be portrayed in the movie. Another interesting topic they will address is Tolkien's friendship, especially from a group of friends he formed when he was at Kings Edward's School, called TCBS at first, later called only T Club, because they gathered to talk about literature and related subjects, but also to drink tea. And sometimes they even drank tea hidden in the school library. Werent they a little bit rebellious And then they found at Barrow Stores a quieter and less invasive place to drink tea, and, then, in honor of this store, they renamed the group as Barrovian Society, Tea Club Barrovian Society TCBS. TCBS was comprised of Tolkien and three other friends, Geoffrey Smith , Robert Gilson, the son of the King Edwards owner, and Christopher Wiseman. Just out of curiosity, Tolkien served in World War I and, unfortunately, lost two of those TCBSs friends, Geoffrey Smith and Robert Gilson. The only survivor, besides Tolkien himself, was Christopher Wiseman and they remained friends for the rest of their lives. Tolkien's third son, Christopher Tolkien, heir to the rights of the Professor's works, was named after Christopher Wiseman from TCBS. Years later Tolkien would say that the loss of these two friends in the War, for him, was like winter on his creative powers in their first bloom. On Tolkien Societys website, a quote from a Deadline article was posted, talking a bit more about what the movie is about, since we do not know much about it. And it is written that the movie explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a fellow group of outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the fellowship apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels. It is interesting to note that Tolkien Society quotes Deadlines website but uses when Deadline writes Middle-Earth, with Earth written with a capital E, because, as we know Middle should be written with a capital M and earth with a lowercase e. If you want to know more about this subject, about how to translate Middle-earth to portuguese and other languages, I'll put a link in the description of this video of a text by Franz Brehme, which sheds some light on the subject. The films director is finnish Dome Karukoski. He is very famous in his country, one of the greatest directors in Finland, and also well regarded worldwide. Variety magazine listed him as one of the ten Directors to Watch. In a interview, he said As a fan of JRR Tolkien's books it is a privilege to give life to one of the greatest authors in history. Tolkien's works teach us that even when we come across the size of Smaug, with the support and fighting spirit of incredible friends, we can conquer monsters and create magic. This does not refer only to the story of Tolkien's life, but also to the process of developing the film. I am incredibly grateful to our team and to the cast, including Nicholas Hoult, who has been preparing for months, I will always value this experience. The director is joined by screenwriters David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. Fox Searchlight Pictures Co-Heads of Production said: We are thrilled to be working with acclaimed auteur Dome Karukoski to bring this extraordinary true story of love, friendship, and the power of the imagination to screen. Nicholas and Lily are two of the most exciting emerging talents out there, and we cant think of a better duo to capture J.R.R. and Edith Tolkiens incredible romance.. Looks like there will be a lot of emphasis on the romance as well. Romance & Friendship and the War. 28 year old actor Nicholas Hoult is playing Tolkien, and although a young actor, he has played some very impressive roles. And this is not the first author he plays in the theaters. Last September, a movie was released in the USA about JD Salinger , author of the "The Catcher in the Rye". The movie is called Rebel in the Rye, which alludes to the books original title The Catcher in the Rye" in portuguese would be something like "O Rebelde no Campo de Centeio" Nicholas is also know for playing Beast in the new X Men movie series and he also played Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). We can even check some on-set pictures. Edith Bratt is played by Lily Collins, Phil Collinss daughter. She has made several films, including Netflixs Okja , where she plays Red, an animal rights activist. It caught my attention that she also worked in Mirror Mirror (2012) , an adaptation of the Snow White tale, where she played the title character, starring alongside Julia Roberts. I think of it as a very happy coincidence, because Edith is Tolkien's greatest inspiration to compose the character Lthien Tinviel , a very strong character in his Legendarium, and this character has got some features that remind me of the Snow White. Tolkien never said anything about this, but, because Lthien has got fair skin, dark hair, and Snow White is the most beautiful woman in Kingdom, the same way as Lthien is the most beautiful of the Children of Ilvatar. So, these similarities exist and although I dont know if the producers had this in mind when they choose Lily, it ends up being a coincidence I found quite interesting. You can check out more about this subject of Edith being the source of inspiration for Lthien in the TT#130 about Beren and Lthien. Lily publicly expressed her interest her part, declaring herself as a big Tolkien fan, she even proceeded to write on her Twitter and Instagram: "As a lifelong fan of Tolkien's magic, I can't wait to start this epic adventure... " Actress Genevieve O'Reilly was also cast, but her role has yet to be announced. We do not know for sure who she's going to play in the story. She's 41 years old, so she was older than Tolkien was at the time and we know she cannot play his mother, since he lost her when he was only 12 years old. And Tolkien, in the biopic, should be depicted a little older than that, somewhere between teenager to young adult. So, we elaborated some hypotheses: She may play the owner of the boarding house where Tolkien lived after he lost his mother, Mrs. Faulkner, where he met Edith as a teenager, when he was 16 years old. A more plausible hypothesis is that Genevieve is playing Aunt Jane, sister of Mabel Tolkien, Tolkien's mother. Aunt Jane was the owner of a farm called Bag End, translated to portuguese as Bolso, namesake of Bilbo and Frodo's lair. It was also at Faulkners Inn that Tolkien began writing his Legendarium, with a poem called "The Voyage of Erendel the Evening Star" and later Erendel became Erendil, one of the greatest heroes on the Silmarillion. So the Legendarium had its beginning at Faulkners Inn. So, we have these suppositions: either Genevieve could be playing Auntie Jane or Mrs Faulkner, perhaps it could even be another woman, leave a comment saying who do you think she will play! Father Francis Morgan will be played by Colm Meaney, famous for playing Miles O'Brien in Star Trek:Deep Space Nine. Francis is a very important character, as I said, because he was a Tolkiens tutor and also instructed him with this kind of catechesis. Tolkien used to say that The Lord of the Rings was unconsciously composed as a Catholic work and then, after reviewing, he could see it very consciously. Filming took place in Northern England, in places like Chestershire and the National Waterways Museum, also including Oxford. An area of Oxford was closed for a whole day to give place to the movies set. I wish I coudl be there, hidden, pretending to be studying at Oxford alongside Tolkien. The Chair of the Tolkien Society, Shaun Gunner , also gave his statement about the biopic. " The Tolkien Society exists to promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Anything that promotes Tolkiens life including this biopic is welcomed by me as a way of bringing his extraordinary achievements to a wider audience. In recent years there has been more and more research into Tolkiens life including his experiences in the Great War as we try to discover more about one of the worlds best-selling authors. But I hope that any treatment is based on historic evidence my fear is that tenuous connections with Tolkiens Middle-earth could be introduced for dramatic effect. And we also think that it would not be very correct to mix both, but I 'm excited about this. I think it's going to be a good movie and I hope that the movie is released in Brazil as well. I 'm very anxious to watch it. There is also another production being made by New Line Cinema, the producers of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, which will be called Middle-earth and it will also tell a little about Tolkien's life story, but we do not know much about it yet. We just know it's going to be directed by James Strong, director of the Downton Abbey and Broadchurch series . So that's it, guys. Thank you so much for watching this video. We are going to update you as we receive new information, may it be on YouTube or in our other social networks. I ask you to follow our social networks, you can find the links here in the description of the video. Also like, share and talk about Tolkien Talk to your friends. Help the channel to grow. 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