Friday, July 3, 2015

Victoria Shorr's "Backlands"

Victoria Shorr is a writer and political activist who lived in Brazil for ten years. Currently she lives in Los Angeles, where she cofounded the Archer School for Girls, and is now working to found a college-prep school for girls on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Shorr's new novel is Backlands.

Here the author shares some ideas for adapting her novel for the big screen:
The characters in Backlands were real people, Brazilian outlaws, brave and tough and smart, and having traveled in the region and talked to so many people like them, people who knew them, it's harder for me to make that leap into casting than it would be for someone who only knew their story. The dream would be to cast the movie the way they cast Tom Jones, which absolutely caught the book by the tail. But who could do that? Maybe a Brazilian, like Walter Salles or Fernando Mireilles. Maybe a great dreamer, like Jane Campion.
Visit Victoria Shorr's website.

The Page 69 Test: Backlands.

--Marshal Zeringue