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Film adaption of Alasdair Gray's novel 'Poor Things' wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival

A screen adaptation of the iconic novel Poor Things by Alasdair Grey has been hailed as a “masterpiece” after attracting praise from critics and audiences alike ahead of its release this week. Set against a dark Victorian Glasgow, the Guardian Fiction Prize-winning novel Poor Things echoes the story of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and explores social inequalities, identity and our relationship to culture and heritage.

Adapted by screenwriter Tony McNamara, the film is directed by absurdist filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, behind The Lobster and Bafta and Oscar winning The Favourite. Starring as the lead is Emma Stone alongside Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott, Margaret Qualley and Jerrod Carmichael. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival to an eight-minute-long standing ovation and has won the Golden Lion for best film. 

Poor Things is scheduled to be theatrically released by Searchlight Pictures in the United States on December 8, 2023, and in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2024.

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