There’s a long tradition of great books getting the silver screen treatment. Check out some of this year’s best on Yes TV by Fetch.
A good book can transform your sense of space and time with each turn of the page, whisking you away to places that keep you up at night way past your bedtime, with characters you wish you knew in real life.
Naturally, the best often make their way to Hollywood and onto the big screen, and there are a host of recent gems that you won’t want to miss.
Settle in, get comfy and tune in to Yes TV by Fetch for these popular book-to-screen transitions:
© 2016 LONG WAY HOME HOLDINGS PTY LTD AND SCREEN AUSTRALIA
Based on the gripping memoir, A Long Way Home, this is the story of Saroo, a young Indian boy who is separated from his family on the streets of Kolkata, thousands of kilometres from his home.
After perpetual hardship, he is eventually adopted by a family in Australia. However, as an adult, the pull to return to India and find his long-lost biological family is strong, and leads him on an emotional journey sure to stay with him forever.
Buy or rent now in the Movie Store.
Big Little Lies [MA 15+]
HBO’s latest addictive miniseries packs a serious punch, with A-listers Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley bringing their enigmatic blockbuster presence to the small screen.
Three seemingly perfect women, all mothers of first-graders, bond as the move through a similar stage in life. However, for all the outward glow, life is set to unravel for them with disastrous consequences.
Big Little Lies blends biting, dark humour with mystery and suspense, in its exploration of small-town keeping up of appearances – and the great lengths some will go to in hiding skeletons in the closet.
Buy episodes, or the entire season in the TV Store.
Fifty Shades Darker [MA 15+]
© 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
The second film in the series adapted from the bestselling books, Fifty Shades Darker promises to heat up the living room telly in homes all over Australia.
This much-anticipated return of Christian Grey delves deeper into his inner demons, revealing more of his complex, brooding character. A sexy (and at times, darkly humorous) drama that pushes romantic boundaries at every turn.
Heads up: This film is definitely not for kids! Be sure to make use of those parental controls on your Yes TV by Fetch set-top box.
Buy from May 10. Rent from May 24 in the Movie Store.
Hidden Figures [PG]
© 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and TSG Entertainment Finance LLC. All rights reserved.
Nominated for three Academy Awards, this incredible true story follows the lives of three African-American women, who worked as mathematicians at NASA. In the course of performing their jobs as human computers, helping engineers get the edge in the Space Race, they faced discrimination, segregation, and appalling isolation. This is a burgeoning story of determination and hope in the face of overwhelming challenges, and it cannot help but inspire.
Buy from May 17. Rent from May 31 in the Movie Store.
© 2016 FM Films, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Martin Scorsese’s latest period drama makes full use of the enchanting cinematography for which he is celebrated, in bringing this story to life.
Set in 17th century Japan, two Jesuit priests journey from Portugal to locate their missing mentor, who is believed to have renounced his Catholic beliefs. With Catholicism outlawed across the nation, their presence is noticed and distinctly unwelcome.
Based on the 1966 novel, this is Scorsese crafting at his historical best, with subtle nods to legendary Japanese filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa.
Buy from May 31. Rent from June 14 in the Movie Store.
The Girl on the Train [MA 15+]
© 2016 Storyteller Distribution Co, LLC.
Rachel Watson is a troubled woman, nursing a bitter divorce, a drinking problem and lost employment. She spends her days aimlessly riding the train, where she can catch a glimpse of her ex-husband, his new wife, and the house she once called home. Soon, the neighbours catch her eye and become part of her imagined narrative – until one day, tragedy strikes, and she is more a part of it than she ever thought possible.
Based on the bestselling debut novel by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train is a mesmerising thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Buy or rent now in the Movie Store.
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