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Alice's Playhouse

In Alice's Playhouse you will discover an exceptional collection of feature films adapted from some of the most celebrated plays ever written. Often featuring towering performances, outstanding direction and exceptional writing, this collection is a superb archive of contemporary drama masterfully transferred to the silver screen. Filmizations of The Bard's work may be scrolled via the 'Shakespeare' sub-feature in green on the left, along with other notable playwrights who have been adapted for celluloid. For adaptations of novels and short stories, check the 'Special Interest' link and click on 'Based on...' Right: Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh relax during the filming of Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.

Country Life (1994)

6.8/10
Director: Michael Blakemore
Starring: Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi, John Hargreaves, Kerry Fox

Delightful treatment of Chekhov's 'Uncle Vanya' is set in the Australian Outback before World War I. When a drama critic returns with his sexy new wif... Read more

Crimes of the Heart (1986)

6.4/10
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Tess Harper

Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek and Diane Keaton star as flaky Southern sisters who are uneasily reunited when Spacek is arrested for shooting her politic... Read more

Curse Of The Starving Class (1994)

6/10
Director: Michael Mcclary
Starring: Kathy Bates, Randy Quaid, Henry Thomas, James Woods, Louis Gossett Jr

Based on Sam Shephard's acclaimed play, Kathy Bates and James Wood are barely clinging to the American Dream. Alcoholism and infidelity are observed... Read more

Cyrano De Bergerac (1950/1990 Versions) (1990)

7.6/10
Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Michael Gordon
Starring: Jose Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince, Gerard Depardieu, Jacques Weber, Anne...

A double helping of "Cyrano De Bergerac". "Cyrano De Bergerac" (1950) - Jose Ferrer won an Academy Award for his stunning portrayal of the fabled 17th... Read more

Da (1988)

6.4/10
Director: Matt Clark
Starring: Karl Hayden, Barnard Hughes, Martin Sheen, Doreen Hepburn, William Hickey

Hugh Leonard's autobiographical play of growing up adopted in a small sea-coast town in Ireland. The film version is directed by character actor Matt... Read more

Dad and Dave - On Our Selection (1995)

6.5/10
Director: George Whaley
Starring: Leo McKern, Joan Sutherland, Geoffrey Rush, Ray Barrett, Barry Otto, Nicholas Ea...

Based on the comedic stories and plays of Steele Rudd (a pseudonym for writer Arthur Hoey) following the Rudd family as they leave behind their city l... Read more

Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)

6.3/10
Director: Pat O'Connor
Starring: Michael Gambon, Meryl Streep, Sophie Thompson, Catherine McCormack, Kathy Burke,...

Meryl Streep heads a superb cast in this fine screen adaptation of Brian Friel's award-winning play. Set in 1936 it tells the story of five unmarried... Read more

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

7.6/10
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Keanu Reeves, Mil...

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, the hottest love affair of 1782 is notable for its sense of style and decor, and strong performances from Glenn Cl... Read more

Dangerous Liaisons ( Blu-ray ) (1988)

7.6/10
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Keanu Reeves, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Uma...

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, the hottest love affair of 1782 is notable for its sense of style and decor, and strong performances from Glenn Cl... Read more

David Williamson Collection: Don's Party (1975) / The Removalists (1975) / Travelling North (1987) / The Four Minute Mile (1988) (1975)

8.5/10
Director: Bruce Beresford, Carl Schultz, Jim Goddard, Tom Jeffrey
Starring: Graham Kennedy, John Hargreaves, Ray Barrett, Peter Cummins, Leo McKern, Julia B...

David Williamson is considered one of Australia's greatest living playwrights. Writing contemporary stories about sex, sports and social politics. Mo... Read more