The debate over which is better, the book or film versions of our favourite stories, is heating up as La Trobe University and ABC Central Victoria present the first Arts and Planning Forum for 2014: Two Sides to Every Story Lecture.

The forum will be hosted by La Trobe creative writing lecturer and author Dr Sue Gillett.

She will be joined by La Trobe children's literature lecturer and ABC Central Victoria book reviewer Sarah Mayor Cox as well as professional filmmaker, critic and ABC presenter Megan Spencer.

'It's common to hear films being judged according to the measure of faithfulness – as if a movie can only ever be the poor cousin to the book,' said Dr Gillett.

'But film is such a different medium to literature that often the best adaptations are those that take the greatest liberties.

'For a film to be great it has to take ownership of the story, but if you have an attachment to the book version that can be hard to accept. We want to explore these differences and make a case for the independent virtues of films and books.'

This lecture is presented as part of the Arts and Planning Forum 2014, presented by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University Bendigo and ABC Central Victoria. Click here for more information.


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