Before my mother stopped her (to keep all her papers in one place), Rosemary Sutcliff happily responded ad hoc to speculative letters asking for research notes and other papers connected with her historical novels and children’s books. So this collection at the University of Southern Mississippi includes notes in her trademark red notebooks. Interestingly the reference refers not only to The Lantern Bearers, but to notes for books called The Red Dragon and The Amber Dolphin, as well as notes on several other topics. There never were published books with those titles. The collection also contains a manuscript and two typescripts for the radio play The New Laird. The programme was taped on April 4, 1966, and broadcast from Edinburgh on May 17, 1966 as part of the Stories from Scottish History series. (I note that the library has not bothered with making accurate and up-to-date their brief paragraphs on her life … )
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Rosemary Sutcliff‘s historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth, which has now sold more than a million copies since its appearance in 1954, was made into a BBC TV mini-series shot in Aberdeenshire in the 1970s.
Rosemary adored the portrayal of Marcus, the hero. As I have posted before: I probably have old old video tapes of hers in the attic. I have no idea if the BBC still has copies in its archives and vaults . Some readers here and ‘likers’ of the Facebook page are lobbying for a re-release or at least DVD. Join them?
It was broadcast in six episodes.
- Frontier Fort (4 September 1977)
- Esca (11 September 1977)
- Across the Frontier (18 September 1977)
- The Lost Legion (25 September 1977)
- The Wild Hunt (2 October 1977)
- Valedictory (9 October 1977)
Very tiny excerpts here.
Rosemary Sutcliff‘s books are loved by Hayao Miyazaki, who is one of Japan’s foremost living fantasy film-makers. In the 1980s and 90s his animations were huge hits at the Japanese box-office. Princess Mononoke was the biggest-earning Japanese film ever. Miyazaki is on record as a fan of the historical novels of Rosemary Sutcliff. Miyazaki’s films have been noted for their strong, self-reliant heroines, so I dream of him adapting Song for a Dark Queen!
As I posted a while back, Rosemary Sutcliff – eminent writer of children’s literature and historical fiction - and her novel The Eagle of the Ninth have never until now, to my knowledge, been connected with American Football and the Super Bowl. But at Sunday coming’s Super Bowl XLV – the big American football event of the year – a TV advertisement for The Eagle film (out Feb. 11 in USA, 25th March in UK) will be broadcast. The film is based upon Sutcliff’s The Eagle of the Ninth story, indeed in several European countries, but not in the UK sadly, the film entitled The Eagle of the Ninth (in French, German or whatever …)
Some film studios are bypassing the game itself and air advertisements during the festivities before the games, when the cost is lower. This is what Focus Features are doing. Those of you football fans who find your way here can find more about the book, film and author all over this site!
Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth was made into a BBC TV drama series in 1977. (It is now about to be a film or movie, The Eagle). Made by BBC Scotland, the TV series was broadcast between 4th September and 9th October 1977. Rosemary Sutcliff loved the series, and she kept a photo of Marcus (Anthony Higgins) by her writing desk in Sussex. Here is some detail: (more…)
Rosemary Sutcliff, or more accurately The Eagle film of The Eagle of the Ninth novel, is The Daily Telegraph’s 38th reason for being excited about 2011! It is my Number One!
Rosemary Sutcliff’s beloved novel The Eagle of the Ninth gets the big screen treatment in Touching the Void director Kevin Macdonald’s new film … Channing Tatum stars as the Roman soldier searching for the standard lost by his father’s legion in the wilds of northern England.
Source: The Daily Telegraph.
The first public showing of The Eagle film, based upon Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth, is in Glasgow at the end of February (Sunday, Feb 27th). The organisers write:
Oscar-winning, Glasgow-born director Kevin Macdonald is one of the most successful filmmakers that Scotland has ever produced with an uncanny ability to make intelligent, mainstream movies that delight, entertain and enthrall. The Eagle is one of the most keenly awaited movies of 2011 and it gives us immense pleasure to host the UK premiere as the closing night gala of the Festival. …. Macdonald has long been a fan of Rosemary Sutcliff’s classic novel The Eagle of the Ninth. (more…)
Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Eagle of the Ninth is spoken of in a Romanian blog :
E cam aiurea cum cărţile bune trec neobservate. O ştiu din proprie experienţă, căci au fost multe titluri pe care le-am descoperit la doi-trei ani de la apariţia lor… În orice caz, astăzi recomand celor pasionaţi de romane de aventuri şi istorie (Silvana, m-auzi?!) prima carte dintr-o serie scrisă de englezoaica Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-1992) – ACVILA LEGIUNII A IX-A, sau, în engleză, THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH. Cartea a fost ecranizată pentru prima dată în 1956, la doi ani de la apariţie; apoi s-a făcut un serial de televiziune la BBC în 1977; acum, în 2011 (mai precis pe 18 februarie în România şi pe 11 în SUA) se va lansa o nouă ecranizare în cinematografe – THE EAGLE, ce ii are în rolurile principale pe Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland şi Mark Strong. La noi, cartea a apărut în româneşte la editura LITERA, în traducerea lui Alexandru Macovei, în ediţie hardcover, ce poate fi comandată de aici. Staţi pe-aproape, căci urmează un concurs cu ea.
Source: Shouki’s Books
We link these posts with twitter.com/rsutcliff; sporadically at the moment because, while my posts do automatically , my son’s do not yet – for reasons we are fathoming out. But Twitter users amongst you do please use your Twitter profiles to say something about The Eagle of the Ninth, or this blog, or to retweet a recent tweet at rsutcliff, using the ‘hashtag‘ #teotn .
In anticipation of The Eagle film release I am trying to get this established as a hashtag which people will use for the book and the film too – thus restoring in a small subversive way the link with the book! So far, as a search in Twitter will show, only I have used it! And it is certainly not trending; that is for you non-Twitter users, being used so widely at a particular moment that it figures in the top ten trending topics!
The film name was changed, I understand, because market research showed that some potential film-watchers were confused by the full title (What about the eagle of the first, was that an earlier film? What ninth? Is it a golf film?). It is unwise to confuse a would-be purchaser in any business … and distributors know their business … so I resigned myself long ago to the name change. But at least #teotn for Twitter?