Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Biographies - The Fodder of the Film Industry

What current top movies are based on real life stories???  I am sure there are heaps - but several come to mind.

"Saving Mr Banks" starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson is based on the biography/life story of PL Travers.  You can read her life story here.


Film makers do change many things in a film - often related to cost, or to make a long story fit into around 2 hours so that the movie does not become too long and boring.

If you go to this website you will find an amazing list of films based on true stories.

In 2013, there was Captain Phillips (The film is a biopic of merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009 led by Abduwali Muse.)  Wikipedia.

Diana - based on the last few years of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and of course, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

One of my favourites from a couple of years ago was "We Bought a Zoo" though the film was set in the US, the actual story happened in the UK.


So perhaps if you write a good biography it is worth promoting your story to movie makers!!!  Good luck.


Salma Dinani said...

I enjoyed Aviator with Leonardo De Carpio and Saving Mr. Banks sounds like one I'd like to see.

Anita-Clare Field said...

Great blog thanks for sharing. I'd like to see some of the films you mentioned but certainly not the Diana, Princess of Wales. They need her leave her to rest in peace.