Prize-winning novelist to lead workshop at film festival

Have you ever dreamt of seeing your favourite novel made into a film? You can learn the art of adapting literature for the big screen at a workshop facilitated by British novelist Caryl Phillips at the trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 (ttff/10).

Presented by Flow, the Festival runs from September 22 to October 5, and is a celebration of the best local, Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora films, as well as films from Latin American countries in the Caribbean Basin. The Festival is supported by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, RBC/RBTT, the Tourism Development Corporation, the Tobago House of Assembly and the National Gas Company.

The workshop on adaptation takes place on October 2 at the University of the West Indies, from 9am to 4pm. In the workshop, participants will get to grips with adapting a classic Caribbean short story for the screen. Phillips will take the participants through the necessary steps of adaptation before they attempt some writing of their own. Phillips will then critique the participants’ work.

Caryl Phillips was born in St Kitts and grew up in England, where he attended Oxford University. His work includes the novels Crossing the River (1993, James Tait Black Memorial Prize) and A Distant Shore (2003, Commonwealth Writers Prize). Phillips wrote the film of his own novel The Final Passage (Peter Hall, 1996), as well as the screenplay for Playing Away (Horace Ové, 1986), and the film of VS Naipaul’s The Mystic Masseur (Ismail Merchant, 2001). He is presently Professor of English at Yale University.

In addition to the adaptation workshop, there will be a number of other workshops at the ttff/10, including sessions on the Red One video camera, directing a feature film, getting your film into international film festivals, and the practice of independent filmmaking and music video production.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. To register call 621-0709. For detailed information on all workshops, visit

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