From literary adaptations to recent historical dramas to 3D remakes of 75-year old classics to biopics — of celebrated and relatively lesser-known figures, September is going to be a month packed with releases of some heavyweight films. Here’s a selection of the ones to keep an eye out for:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed and stars in this sharp satire about a modern day Don Juan with a knack for seducing women. But when the film’s Jersey-boy hero meets a beautiful young woman played by Scarlet Johansson, he must curb his licentious ways. Don Jon features outstanding performances from its leading man and from Julianne Moore, and played to favourable reviews at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals.
JD Salinger’s reclusiveness and publicity shyness have become part of his myth. The author of “The Catcher in the Rye” gave his final interview in 1980 and later sued to prevent a biographer from reprinting his letters to friends and family. Shane Salerno’s documentary sets out to find the man behind the wall of silence, featuring interviews with literary heavyweights like Tom Wolfe, EL Doctorow and Gore Vidal.
German director Oliver Hirschbiegel narrates the last two years of the princess’ life in this film starring Australian actor, Naomi Watts. The movie is based on Kate Snell’s 2001 book “Diana: Her Last Love” and tells the story of Diana’s relationships with the heart surgeon Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed.
Riding on the coat-tails of September’s fashion weeks and 2009′s “The September Issue”, comes Fabien Constant’s documentary about Carine Roitfeld. She spent 10 years at the helm of French Vogue and is one of fashion’s most influential figures – yet unlike her US counterpart, Anna Wintour, is relatively unknown outside fashion circles. The film follows Roitfeld as she puts together the first edition of her bi-annual post-Vogue publication, “CR Fashion Book”.
Screenwriter and playwright Peter Morgan does a neat line in recent historical dramas – previous projects have included “Frost/Nixon”, “The Queen” and “The Damned United”. His script for “Rush” dramatises the intense rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) at the 1976 World Championships in Japan.
As I Lay Dying
James Franco’s adaptation of Faulkner’s 1930 novel played at Cannes this year in the Un Certain Regard section, next to the main competition. The story follows the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to bring the body of their dead mother to her hometown for burial. Franco takes the role of the eldest son Darl and directs.
Wizard of Oz 3D
The Technicolor classic is 75 years old this year, and Warner Bros are celebrating with a new 3D print to be shown in IMAX cinemas. It is part of a marketing campaign for the film’s release on DVD and Blu-Ray and a tie-up with McDonald’s – but it’s a rare chance to see Dorothy and her fellow travellers in three dimensions.