Friday, March 28, 2008

Both (the Movie and the Memory)

Great news for fellow fans of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, at least if you read this post before Saturday. For two more days, the movie version is on BBC iPlayer! (I missed it on BBC One this past Sunday night but found out yesterday that it's available on-line for seven days after airing.)

This gorgeous adaptation of the book was filmed on location in Botswana and directed by Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, Cold Mountain). Minghella died of a hemmorage following surgery just last week. This was his last film, and it is truly beautiful. (Perfect, according to McCall Smith himself.) More good news, according to this tribute by producer Amy J. Moore on, is a continuing 13-episode series being filmed later this year, thanks to the BBC and HBO. Woo-hoo!

This afternoon, watching the No. 1 Ladies movie on my computer with the curtains drawn against the pouring rain, felt very much like certain afternoons at Kijabe when RVA student/staff friends would gather at my place for hot beverages, some form of chocolate and a movie -- afternoons made all the more enjoyable by being together and blocking out the rest of the world for a few hours. Back then, our escape was out of Africa. Today, I was transported back to it. And when the movie was over, the sun was shining -- even here in England, a world away.

I highly recommend it!

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