Based on books: Sundance Channel gets literary this week

What do these four films have in common? They’re all based books (okay, in one case it’s a play). We’ll break down the necessary details and you watch the films and tell us which is better: the book or the movie?

Directed by: Gillian Armstrong
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarin Hinds and Tom Wilkinson
Based on the book by: Peter Carey
How you know him: He also wrote True History of the Kelly Gang, which won him his second Booker Prize- the first was for Oscar and Lucinda. In fact, he’s one of only two writers to win it twice (the other is J.M. Coetzee). He also collaborated on the screenplay for Wim Wender’s UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD.

Watch it Thursday, November 3 at 10pm

Directed by: Michael Mayer
Starring: Colin Farrell and Robin Wright
Based on the book by: Michael Cunningham
How you know him: He won the Pulitzer and the PEN/Faulkner award for The Hours, which, yes, was also made into a movie.

Watch it Friday, November 5 at 10pm

Directed by: John Krasinski
Starring: Julianne Nicholson and Timothy Hutton with Max Minghella, Lou Taylor Pucci, Will Arnett, Will Forte and Kranskinski himself popping by for cameos.
Based on the book by: David Foster Wallace
How you know him: How do you not know him? Okay, for those who honestly don’t I didn’t mean to make you feel bad (but seriously, wake up and read the headlines). He wrote Infinite Jest, his short fiction has been published pretty much everywhere and he got a MacArthur Fellowship. He even managed to publish a book, The Pale King, after he famously offed himself in 2008.

Watch it Sunday, November 6 at 6:40pm

QUILLS (2000)
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine
Based on the book by: This is the one that’s based on a play by Doug Wright, but it was inspired by the works of the Marquis de Sade. It’s not a factual record of the Marquis’ life – it’s better: a re-imagination of the three years the Marquis was incarcerated at the insane asylum in Charenton, which actually sounds like the kind of thing the Marquis would have approved of.
Why you know him: Unless you know your theatre, you may not, but his 2004 play “I Am My Own Wife” won the Tony and the Pulitzer for best play.

Watch it Sunday, November 6 at 10pm