His Dark Materials mania!Thousands of excited young girls and their families queued for hours on a cold and blustery April day in Oxford. Why? They were all hoping for the chance to audition for the part of Lyra in the His Dark Materials film trilogy. The books on which the films are based – Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass – were written by local author and Oxford Brookes honorary graduate Philip Pullman, and have been an international publishing phenomenon. They are now being filmed by New Line, who made The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the first film is scheduled for release at the end of 2007. Claire Squires, a lecturer in Publishing, has just completed a critical guide to Pullman’s work which will be published later in 2006. Philip Pullman, Master Storyteller will explore the power and popularity of the His Dark Materials trilogy, as well as analysing some of Pullman’s lesser-known writing.
Auditions for the part of Lyra have been in held in Oxford, Cambridge, Exeter and Kendal.
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