Author Lois Lowry talked about a recent visit to South Africa and the film set for the forthcoming movie version of her best-known novel, The Giver. Her talk was given at the 18th annual Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival in the Orton Center at the University of Redlands.
Lowry also talked about the film version of one of her most well-known works, “The Giver,” a 1994 Newbury Award-winner.
She shared the tales of Hollywood and meeting actors Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes, how the set of the film — which was mostly shot in South Africa — looked and her concerns about the film. Mostly, she said, how the words from the pages of “The Giver” would translate on screen.
“I’ve watched with interest. And some nervousness. A little nervousness … as the work on the film has progressed because it’s going to be so different from the book,” she said. “I went to South Africa in the fall and watched them shoot scenes there.”
This very week, she said, “they are filming the final scene — in Utah. And then the hard work will begin of editing and scoring and all of that.”
She described how the actors took on their roles and how it was odd to see actor Alexander Skarsgård take on a role that was “creepy,” given his good looks.
The sets give a hint of the visual quality of the film, she said.
On one set, which she described as dazzling, “there’s homage to books, to words, to the world that they provide.”
“The Giver” is expected to be released later this year.