By Jeffrey Overstreet
Today is the birthday of Cary Elwes — best known (whether he likes it or not) as Westley from The Princess Bride, and as the author of a new memoir: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.
Here's something that isn't very well known about Elwes: He recently starred in a movie based on a novel by Madeleine L'Engle.
And he's not the only accomplished actor in the film. The leading role went to up-and-comer Adelaide Clemens, who has since become a star in TV's Rectify. Samantha Mathis, Gregg Sulkin, Camryn Manheim, Star Trek: Voyager's Robert Picardo, and Colby Minifie (who will be in the upcoming Marvel series Jessica Jones) have notable supporting roles.
On Thursday August 27th, Books of Wonder is thrilled to invite readers and movie lovers to join screenwriter-director Cornelia Duryée (Madeleine L'Engle's goddaughter) and co-producer Charlotte Jones Voiklis (Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter) for an informal chat as they talk, with some authority, about Madeleine L'Engle and her early novels, such as "Camilla", and illustrate their discussion with a screening of clips from CAMILLA DICKINSON, engage in Q & A, and sign DVDs. A hardcover edition of the book is your gift with purchase (limited to the first 20 customers who purchase the DVD or any of Madeleine L'Engle's hardcover books). We may even have a surprise guest or two from the cast!
Based on the book Camilla, by Madeleine L’Engle, Fifteen-year-old Camilla Dickinson (Adelaide Clemens) has led a sheltered life on the Upper East Side with her architect father (Cary Elwes) and beautiful, but fragile mother (Samantha Mathis).
Los Angeles, CA – As the festivities come to a close in Berlin, Random Media has signed two new titles for release in Summer 2015.
Cornelia Duryée’s Camilla Dickinson, an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel, follows the daughter of a well-to-do family in 1948 Manhattan. Fifteen-year-old Camilla (Adelaide Clemens, The Great Gatsby, Rectify) leads a sheltered life in New York City until her parents’ marriage begins to fall apart. When Camilla meets her best friend’s rebellious brother Frank (Gregg Sulkin, Faking It) she finds a way to escape her troubles. As her relationship with Frank deepens, Camilla discovers a world outside of her own and begins to understand a little of what it means to grow up.
By Jeffrey Overstreet
Cornelia Duryée's story sounds like something from a fairy tale.
"I got hit in the head with my godmother's magic wand, and she said, 'Hello, Corrie—this is what you're going to do for the rest of your life!' So I said, 'Yes, please!'"
To be more specific, Duryée's godmother—Madeleine L'Engle, author of science-fiction novels (including A Wrinkle in Time and her popular Time Quartet) and inspirational memoirs—bequeathed to her a remarkable gift: the rights to adapt twelve of her early stories into plays and movies. At the time, Duryée was in her third year of seminary; she promptly quit in order to attend film school instead.