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News: UK film adaptation of Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book

The BAFTA-winning English film director Marc Munden’s film adaptation of the beloved classic, The Summer Book by Tove Jansson is produced by Kevin Loader’s Free Range Films. Published in 1972, The Summer Book is written in a clear, unsentimental style, full of brusque humour, and wisdom. The book tells the story of the child named Sophia, her father and grandmother who spend their summers on a small island in the Gulf of Finland. Central to the friendship between the old woman and the very small girl are their reflections on life and death. The English-language film, starring Julie Walters, is hoped to be shot in Finland in 2019. The book, published in English by Sort Of Books, is available to buy from this website.

  • Magnus Englund

The wonderful Polish Moomins

We have a controversial confession to make; we prefer the Polish Moomin TV series from the 1970s (made 1977 to 1982) to the Japanese 1990s TV production. It might have been made on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain, but it was pretty cool! Originally named Opowiadania Muminków, it was a stop motion production made by Se-Mar-For and Jupiter Film for Polish, Austrian and German television. The series was later sold to other countries, including Britain. The series has been criticised for being scary in places for young audiences, but we don't mind this now, watching as adults. It is, in contrast to the 1990s Japanese TV series, widely believed to be the more faithful TV adaptation of Tove Jansson's stories, and much closer to her vision. Tove herself had a great deal of involvement during the production. Each script was translated from Polish into Swedish and sent to Tove and her brother Lars Jansson, who, if they felt that anything needed to be changed, corrected the script, expanding or rewriting it; afterwards, the scripts were sent back and only then did production of the particular episode begin. The original episodes have now been technically cleaned up, recut into full feature film episodes, and had new voiceovers by current actors added. You can buy the DVD's on Amazon. Until the new Moominvalley TV series starts in 2019, we think this remains the best Moomin viewing to be had.

 

  • Magnus Englund