Ronald Harwood’s Adaptations
from other works into films

Ronald Harwood’s Adaptations

In the crowded marketplace of books on screenwriting, RONALD HARWOOD’S ADAPTATIONS is thought to be the first ever book exclusively devoted to writing for the cinema from an Oscar-winning screenwriter.

Here, the practice, not the theory, of scriptwriting is laid bare. This book does not tell you how to do it, but rather, how you can do it. It also offers readers an exceptional insight into the writer’s world at the very top echelons of the film industry from one of the most sought after screenwriters in the field of cinema.

As well as scrutinising the multitude of elements the screenwriter has to deal with - producers, directors, actors, script presentation, technology and outside interference,  the book analyses 4 specific screenplays in depth, discussing the entire process, from concept to final film. It also contains a unique page-by-page comparison of Harwood’s transformation of original works to screenplays, illustrated from different points of emphasis.

Witty, occasionally biting, always constructive, Harwood’s is a masterful commentary on craft of writing in general as well as the art of maintaining integrity in a business that often prefers to dispense with it.  This is read that far exceeds its undeniable value as a craftsman’s guide.

David Nicholas Wilkinson, Emlyn Price and all at guerilla books wish to congratulate Ronald Harwood for his latest Oscar nomination for THE DIVING BELL & THE BUTTERFLY. In our opinion, this really does confirm his position as one of our greatest living screenwriters.


The Guardian Newspaper review

Ego? Forget about it

What's the best way to turn a book into a film script? Ronald Harwood, who adapted The Pianist, shares the secrets of his success.
Friday July 6, 2007

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A unique look behind the art of screen adaptation from an acknowledged master.
David Parfitt, Oscar winning producer of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

That rarest of things among screenwriting manuals - a treasure trove of brilliant advice from an esteemed practitioner - someone who's not only written films, but won Oscars for them. By page 6, I'd come across one of the best pieces of writing-related advice I'd ever read. By page 50, every other margin was marked with my own grateful 'yes, yes'.
Jeremy Dyson, writer of THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN and novelist

Ronald Harwood offers a learned, entertaining and practical guide that will become essential for students, budding writers and professionals. An enormously enlightening masterclass on the inner workings of scriptwriting and how to get from page to screen with inventiveness and integrity. With its sound advice for all forms of writing, this is a faithful companion to anyone working towards truthful, dynamic and successful writing.
Mark Goodall, Head of Film Studies, University of Bradford

Ronald Harwood empathises with his source material and lets it speak through him. To work with, he's funny, acerbic, savvy. The life you see so extravagantly on the page is in the man.
Mike Newell, director of LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA


RONALD HARWOOD CBE

In 2002 Ronald Harwood won the Oscar for his screenplay of THE PIANIST.

He has written many other feature films including THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA, BEING JULIA, THE DRESSER, TAKING SIDES, CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY, MANDELA, ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH, THE BROWNING VERSION.

He was made Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1974 and was Visitor in Theatre at Balliol College, Oxford in 1985. He was President of English PEN, 1989-1993, and President of International PEN, 1993-97. He was Chairman of the Royal Society of Literature 2001-04 and elected President of the Royal Literary Fund, 2005. In 2000 he was awarded the Stefan Mitrov Ljubisa Prize for his contribution to European literature and Human Rights. In 1996 he was appointed Chevalier de l'ordre Nationale des Arts et Lettres, and CBE in 1999. He was made Hon. Doctor of Letters by Keele University in 2002.