‘The Rehearsal’: Alison Maclean on What a Film Can Do That a Book Can’t

It's one thing for a book to be fascinated by acting, but it’s another thing to use actors to make that book come to life.

When an author is eager to be a part of the filmmaking process, then adapting a screenplay from a novel or other source material can be a breeze. Such was the case for Alison Maclean and The Rehearsal, a film detailing the times and tribulations of a group of first year theater students in New Zealand.

The author of the novel, Eleanor Catton, wrote the book when she was 21 years old. Now, five years removed from the work, Maclean claims that she is «so talented and precocious that she's already disowned her first book as a youthful work.» However youthful it may be, the source material translates to the screen perfectly. Part of that was due to Catton’s involvement on set and in re-writes, but most of it comes from the performances Maclean was able to get out of the young actors at her story’s core.

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