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Sydney Writers’ Festival podcast: Sam Neill and Eleanor Catton episodes

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Recorded live at the 2023 Sydney Writers’ Festival, celebrated actor – and FANZA arts patron – Sam Neill shares stories from his memoir Did I Ever Tell You This, a wild and witty account of a career in film and TV spanning half a century. From his early days in amateur Shakespeare productions in New Zealand to leading roles in movies such as My Brilliant CareerJurassic Park and The Piano, Sam brings insight and humour to his trials and triumphs, on and off screen. He is joined in conversation by fellow actor and author, Bryan Brown.

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Sam Neill on stage at Sydney Writers’ Festival 2023 talking about his memoir, Did I Ever Tell You This?

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton also sat down with three other writers to give the lowdown on having their works adapted into TV shows and movies – and adapting the work of others. Catton, whose novels The Rehearsal and The Luminaries have made their way to the screen, joins Holly Ringland, whose bestseller The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is being turned into a series starring Sigourney Weaver; and Tom Rob Smith, whose novel Child 44 became a movie with Tom Hardy and whose adaptations for the screen The Assassination of Gianni Versace have won him an Emmy and a Golden Globe. They chat with Benjamin Law.

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NZ author Eleanor Catton (left) and Australian author Holly Ringland talk about adapting their works.

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