Literature for TV Adaptations Conference
The SABC Content Hub Drama has introduced the “Book Me” series to bring literary adaptations to the visual media. This series will commission 8 x 48-minute films that will be adaptations of South African and African Literary Works.
Objectives of the “Book Me” series are to produce a slate of South Africa and African films from South African and African Literary works; to enable the film and television industry to understand the importance of literary adaptations; to create accessibility of literary works to the mass population using the visual media; and to profile the black intellectual capacity in South Africa and Africa.
To initiate the process, the SABC Content Hub Drama Department, in conjunction with the Department of Arts & Culture (DAC), plans to hold a Literature for TV Adaptation Conference. The first of its kind in South Africa, the conference aims to be a roundtable for all key stakeholders.
Dates: 27, 28 & 29 September 2006
Times: 19H00-22H30 (27th Sept)
09H00-18H30 (28th & 29th Sept)
Venues: Joburg City Hall & Museum Africa, Bree Street, Newtown, Joburg
Objectives of the Adaptations Conference:
a€¢ Importance of literary work as a voice of culture and identity
a€¢ Importance of using visual media for longevity and accessibility
a€¢ Importance of literary work to tell the untold stories of the African people
a€¢ Methodology of interpreting literary work into visual medium
a€¢ Methodology of film and television narrative structure
a€¢ Legal Rights
The Conference will feature topics such as “Decolonising the Mind, the Politics of Language in African literature”; “How to write about Africa – Representation (Race, Class, Gender and Identity) in the Literary and visual arts – Convergence between the two forms”; and “Popular culture, globalisation and identity and the battle for audiences”. There will also be an analysis and discussion of adaptations in television and film.