Little Women, Good Omens and Queenie are among the film, TV and audio adaptations announced in the Creativity Across Media: Entertainment & Originality Awards (CAMEO) awards 2020 shortlist (19th February).
Produced by the London Book Fair (LBF), the CAMEO awards recognise book adaptations across film, TV, theatre and audio and mark the start of London Book & Screen Week (9th–15th March 2020), a seven-day event series.
LBF and London Book & Screen week director Jacks Thomas said: “Across films, TV programmes, theatre productions and audiobooks, the scope and variety of our shortlistees demonstrates the true richness within books as a source material for other mediums, as well as the ingenuity of the story-tellers adapting them.”
The Book to Film Award shortlists the screenplay adaptations Little Women by Greta Gerwig, Dean DeBois’ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Hodder Children's Books) and Matthew Holness’ Possum.
In TV, Andrea Gibb’s adaptation of Emma Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing (Penguin), Neil Gaiman’s adaptation of Good Omens co-authored with Terry Pratchett (Corgi; the TV companion published by Headline), and Jack Thorne’s adaptation of His Dark Materials (Scholastic) are shortlisted.
The Book to Stage Award shortlists Lolita Chakrabarti’s adaption of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi (Canongate) for Wyndham’s Theatre, Helen’s Edmundson’s adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Small Island for the National Theatre (Tinder Press) and C S Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (HarperCollins Children’s Books) by Sally Cookson.
Audio adaptations shortlisted are Avid Audio’s adaptation of Oyinkan Braithwaite’s (Atlantic) My Sister the Serial Killer, Penguin Random House's adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology (Penguin Random House) and Orion’s adaptation of Candice Carty-Willams’ Queenie.
Judges base decisions on which book adaptations made the most impact in the most recent calendar year, including box office sales, review coverage, critical acclaim, social media profile and industry prize nominations.
Last year saw Call Me by Your Name, Killing Eve, La Belle Sauvage and Toast come top of their catagories.
This year’s judges from across the entertainment industry, chaired by Helen Macaleer, are Philippa Donovan (Smart Quill), Philippa Milnes Smith (Soho Agency), Katrien Roos (Harbottle & Lewis), John Lomas (Bullivant/Kickback Media), Hayley Steed (Madeleine Milburn Agency), Colin Williams (Sixteen South), Videl Bar Kar (Bookwire), Jessica Maslen (Blair Partnership), Tamsin Collison, Julia Posen, Charlotte Longstaff (Ambassador Group) and Rina Gill (RGM Productions).
London Book & Screen Week ambassador Lynda La Plante, bestselling author of over 30 novels and BAFTA-winning script-writer of shows including "Prime Suspect" and "Widows", will be speaking at the event.
The ceremony takes place on 9th March.
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