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Film lets viewers peek inside the mind of legendary author

September 10, 2013


A CRITICALLY-acclaimed play based on the life of D. H. Lawrence will premiere its big-screen adaptation in Nottingham tonight.

Having spent years performing the role in theatre, Notts actor Paul Slack, alongside director Armand Attard, is now bringing the story of the controversial writer to movie audiences.

Inside The Mind Of Mr D. H. Lawrence will debut at Broadway Cinema tonight as part of the D. H. Lawrence festival.

The film was adapted from a script written by Campbell Kay for stage and based on a host of letters and diaries that Lawrence wrote when he lived in Eastwood. Paul, who was born in Sutton-in- Ashfield, plays Lawrence both in the film and on stage.

He said he was sceptical when an adaptation was suggested but in the end thought the director had done a remarkable job.

He said: I said to Armand the whole point was that it was very much a theatre piece. I thought it would be un-filmable.

I have to say, though, that when I saw the screening of it earlier this year I was pleasantly surprised, especially since I'm terrible at watching myself on screen! I think it's incredible what Armand has done.

For London-based Paul, returning to Notts to play one of the region's defining icons for the cinema was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He said: Having spent the past three years in the role, I've got to know Lawrence as well as anyone could have done without ever meeting him.

If the journey of this piece ends at the premiere at Broadway, it will have been the most significant achievement. Director Mr Attard watched a production of the play in 2011 at the Chiswick Book Festival and Paul's performance alone convinced him a film was worth making.

He said: I am in love with his Lawrence.

His connection with the character is complete. It has to be or otherwise you couldn't have got the film right. It's at the centre of the film.

The film was shown to an audience of both Broadway staff and academics, who recommended its inclusion in the Lawrence festival.

Caroline Hennigan, programme director at Broadway, said she was thrilled to be promoting Notts culture and movie talent through the film.

She said: It's really professionally done. It's a low-budget film but it's made in a way that makes that a strength.

Both the writer and actor of the film are local and it's a real local labour of love. How could I say no to it? Inside The Mind Of Mr D. H. Lawrence screens at Broadway Cinema, Broad Street, from 6.30pm. For tickets, ring 0115 9526 611 or visit You can also download the film for Pounds 2.50 from Scandal has always attracted film-makers to Lawrence THE controversy and scandal of his novels has always made the work of DH Lawrence a compelling proposition for movie producers.

Dozens of his novels have been brought to the big screen but none more infamous than the 1969 adaptation of his classic work Women in Love.

Directed by British filmmaker Ken Russell, it made cinematic history as the first feature film to depict full-frontal male nudity.

The scene showed screen legends Alan Bates and Oliver Reed wrestling naked in front of a fireplace and is regarded as a landmark moment in film censorship history.

Films of his novels brought Eastwood, his home town, to audiences worldwide, as with the 1960 adaptation Sons and Lovers.

Key scenes were filmed on location with hundreds of Eastwood residents turning out to play parts of extras for the film.

As part of the DH Lawrence Festival, extras from that film have been invited to a reunion screening this weekend.

'Both the writer and actor of the film are local and it's a real local labour of love. Caroline Hennigan

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