Everything is Connected – George Eliot’s Life (BBC)

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Everything is Connected – George Eliot’s Life (BBC)

Post by thunder » Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:51 am

It's an experimental documentary about the life of the writer George Eliot. Jason is one of the narrators. Picture in the article.
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Post by Marie » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:02 am

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Re: Everything is Connected – George Eliot’s Life (BBC)

Post by thunder » Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:44 pm

It's on tonight at BBC4:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000b8nj

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Re: Everything is Connected – George Eliot’s Life (BBC)

Post by thunder » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:59 pm

Here's a review of the programme. From what I understand, it's not just voice work, Jason is in it, reading and performing as well. Hope it becomes available outside the UK sooner or later.
The presence of two professional actors, Jason Isaacs and Sheila Atim (pictured below), does little to detract from this, placing them apart from the vox pop but in informal settings. They appear in woods, against odd walls, and in a recording studio, playing against one another through Eliot’s letters and books.
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Re: Everything is Connected – George Eliot’s Life (BBC)

Post by Marie » Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:59 am

Hope I get to see this! It sounds interesting.

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Re: Everything is Connected – George Eliot’s Life (BBC)

Post by servalan » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:25 am

I missed this - I shall quickly rush to watch it on BBC iPlayer!

Thanks for letting us know - I missed this when checking out BBC4 shows for the day of transmission.

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Re: Everything is Connected – George Eliot’s Life (BBC)

Post by thunder » Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:59 am

Excellent, Servalan. Can you please tell us how it was after you've seen it? :D

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Re: Everything is Connected – George Eliot’s Life (BBC)

Post by servalan » Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:48 pm

Review:

It was very arty-farty. Much depends on whether you like George Eliot or not - personally I find her rather turgid, although I have enjoyed TV adaptations of her stories. The programme is a weird combination: there are people reading bits of random GE from various works, and some people then relating GE's words or her life to their own experiences. There is quite a bit about GE's life story, and we see her various homes (one is now a hotel, so you can stay there, although it doesn't look much like it did in GE's day) and photos of her long-term partner and husband (whom she married after partner died, before dying herself after not very long). There are readings from GE's letters and also letters about or to her, including from her brother who disapproved of her lifestyle, living with a man to whom she was not married (he could not get a divorce).

Jason and Sheila do a lot of the random readings. Then they sometimes seem to be pretending to be GE & partner. Jason looks very well in this - we see a few close-ups of those eyes. He has also allowed his hair to grey slightly in this, which I personally prefer to the black dye. Jason does the readings very well of course, using a fairly neutral RP accent. He is wearing ordinary clothes, not period costume.

I was rather bored by a lot of it, but watched to the end to see our man. Jason's appearances are spread rather thinly throughout.

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Re: Everything is Connected – George Eliot’s Life (BBC)

Post by Helen8 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:53 am

Thanks for the review, servalan. Hope we get to see it on some platform.

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Re: Everything is Connected – George Eliot’s Life (BBC)

Post by thunder » Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:26 am

Thanks for the review, Servalan. I was curious about what this was, but I can't access it. Now I know more. :D

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