Slumdog Millionaire comes to Wimbledon as part of Book fest


The screenwriter of the Oscar-winning film joined Wimbledon book and film lovers for a special screening followed by an in-depth Q&A session.


By Abigail Parris

SLUMDOG Millionaire’s screenwriter joined Wimbledon book and film lovers at the Polka Theatre last Thursday for a viewing of the Oscar-winning film.

Simon Beaufoy, who adapted author Vikas Swarup’s novel ‘Q and A’ for the big screen, introduced the movie.

After watching the two-hour epic, shown as part of Wimbledon Bookfest 2009, audience members had the opportunity to put questions to Mr Beaufoy.

Mr Beaufoy said he had found a background in documentaries useful in discovering life in the slums.

“Indian people are generous-natured and I found stories from chatting with them after gaining their trust,” he said.

He said the main changes he had made to the novel were creating a love story and reorganising the structure.

He added: “In a film you only have two hours at most to convey the whole novel, so you need to transliterate it but this does not ruin the book because that will always exist.”

Audience member Shirley Walters, from Putney, said: “The event was very civilised with wine and I am glad to see it is multi-generational with more mature ladies taking an interest in modern culture.”


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