Greene and Film – Three Zoom Day Schools

Alan Sennett and Creina Mansfield

Three Linked Day-Schools

Graham Greene’s long involvement with film took many forms. He began as a reviewer, spending many ‘mornings in the dark’. Then he learnt the art of scriptwriting by adapting others’ work, before getting opportunities to adapt his own fiction. Eventually he wrote directly for the screen. We shall look at all these aspects in our 3 linked ‘day schools’ We shall meet via Zoom on Monday afternoons between 1.30 and 3.30 and then on the following morning, Tuesday between 10.30 and 12.30. Dates given below.

Day school 1 – 20th and 21st September

Looks at 21 Days (1940) adapted by Graham Greene from a John Galsworthy short story and reviewed unfavourably by the screenwriter himself. Greene’s difficult relationship with director Basil Dean is also explored. Then we shall look at The Ministry of Fear (1944) adapted from the novel published in the previous year.

Day school 2 – 1st and 2nd November 

Deals with The Fallen Idol (1948), adapted by Greene from one of his own short stories. His collaboration with the director Carol Reed proved more productive than that with Dean. We shall also discuss and show extracts from Brighton Rock (1948), adapted from Greene’s pre-war novel of that name in conjunction with another screenwriter, Terence Rattigan.

Day school 3 – 13th and 14th December

Finally, to the film that is regarded as one of the best British films ever made– The Third Man (1949). Arising out of a single sentence Greene scribbled down to read to film producer Alexander Korda, it led to a further successful collaboration with director Carol Reed.

Day:  Mondays         Time: 13.30-15.30
and Tuesdays          Time: 10.30-12.30


Price for the Series: 

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£15 8 50

Price for the Series: 

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£40 8 50

Contact details: Creina Mansfield
Beech Court, Beech Hall Drive, Macclesfield, SK10 2EF  Tel: 01625 511581



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