THE SHOOTING SCRIPT (R)
Screenplay by Christopher Hampton
Based on the novel by Ian McEwan
Introduction by Christopher Hampton
A Newmarket Shooting Script (R) Series Book
30 Colour photos in a colour insert
The official screenplay book tie-in to the adaptation by screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Academy Award (R) winner for Dangerous Liaisons) of Ian McEwan's best-selling 2002 novel, starring James McAvoy (BAFTA Award nominee for The Last King of Scotland) opposite Academy Award-nominated Keira Knightley, directed by Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice), coming from Focus Features in December.
Filmed on location in the U.K., the story of Atonement spans several decades. In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Briony's vivid imagination. Robbie Turner (James McAvoy), the educated son of the family's housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony's headstrong older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley). Cecilia, he hopes, has comparable feelings; all it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony-who has a crush on Robbie- is compelled to interfere, going so far as accusing Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but he is arrested-and with Briony bearing false witness, the course of three lives is changed forever. Briony continues to seek forgiveness for her childhood misdeed. Through a terrible and courageous act of imagination, she finds the path to her uncertain atonement, and to an understanding of the power of enduring love.
Praise for the film Atonement:
"Impressively directed, beautifully photographed and superbly adapted drama with terrific performances from its cast."-The View (London)
Christopher Hampton won the Academy Award (R) for Best Adapted Screenplay for Dangerous Liaisons, which he adapted from his own stage play (itself an adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses). His theater work includes the stage adaptation of Sunset Boulevard for Andrew Lloyd Webber, which received Tony Awards for both Book and Lyrics. Mr. Hampton's screenwriting credits include A Doll's House, The Good Father, Total Eclipse, and The Quiet American. He has directed and adapted three films: Carrington, The Secret Agent, and Imagining Argentina. Ian McEwan has earned worldwide critical acclaim for his fiction, which includes First Love, Last Rites; The Child in Time; Amsterdam; Saturday; and On Chesil Beach. His novel Atonement was published in 2002 and received the WH Smith Literary Award, National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award, the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction, and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel.