Saturday 18 November 2017

Zozimus: Author Barry does not recognise his book in film version

Director Jim Sheridan Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Director Jim Sheridan Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Apart from seeing it "under very bad circumstances" in a small screening room, it appears that Sebastian Barry's viewing of Jim Sheridan's film version of his book, The Secret Scripture, was an exceedingly uncomfortable experience. "It is entirely unlike the book, it was an odd experience, it is so unlike it... it is his thing," he told Kay Sheehy on Arena last week, adding: "It was difficult for me to connect with it; it was so unlike the book."

The author of the new novel Days Without End conceded that he was "not experienced enough" when he signed away the rights to The Secret Scripture.

"There is no dialogue from the book in the film, there are no scenes from the book in the film, and the back story is entirely new... no Sligo, no father, no ballroom, the things that are important to me are not there."

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