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'.

The Architect (2006)

Director: Matt Tauber
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Viola Davis, Isabella Rossellini, Hayden Panettiere, Sebastian...

Anthony LaPaglia plays architect Leo Waters, living an outwardly perfect life in the suburbs, while on the East Side of Chicago the residents in one o... Read more

The History Boys (2006)

Director: Nicholas Hytner
Starring: Samuel Anderson, James Corden, Stephen Campbell Moore, Richard Griffiths, France...

Set in Thatcher's England, a group of clever, though working-class lads, attempt to earn the academic scores required for acceptance into the elite sc... Read more

Madea's Family Reunion (2006)

Director: Tyler Perry
Starring: Tyler Perry, Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Boris Kodjoe, Henry Simmons, Lisa...

Tyler Perry adapted his play, directed and also played three characters in his sequel to 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman', in which pistol-packing grandma... Read more

Last Train to Freo (2006)

Director: Jeremy Sims
Starring: Steve Le Marquand, Gigi Edgley, Tom Budge, Glenn Hazeldine, Gillian Jones

Jeremy Sims switches from actor to director for this taut Aussie thriller that began life as a short play. Set in real time, a woman boards a train c... Read more

Who Laughs Last?: A Documentary About Roger Hall (2006)

Director: Shirley Horrocks
Starring: Peter Elliott, John Clarke, Ginette McDonald, Fiona Samuel, Roger Hall, Grant Ti...

One of New Zealand's best known playwrights, Roger Hall has been tickling the kiwi funnybone for 30 years. This documentary from Shirley Horrocks inv... Read more

No. 2 (2006)

Director: Toa Fraser
Starring: Mia Blake, Ruby Dee, Taungaroa Emile, Rene Naufahu, Tuva Novotny, Miriama McDowe...

Nana Maria (Ruby Dee) is a feisty eighty-something matriarch who decides to host a family get-together to announce the heir to her estate. Not as eas... Read more

She's the Man (2006)

Director: Andy Fickman
Starring: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, Robert Hoffman, Jonathan Sadowski, A...

This contemporary teen take on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night sees Viola (Amanda Bynes) assuming her brother Sebastian's identity so she can play on the... Read more

The King and the Clown (2005)

Director: Jun-ik Lee
Starring: Woo-seong Kam, Jin-young Jeong, Seong-Yeon Kang, Jun-gi Lee, Hang-Seon Jang, Hae...

South Korea's highest-grossing film of all time (until it was surpassed by 2006's 'The Host') is this period drama-comedy about a group of wandering m... Read more

The Method (2005)

Director: Marcelo Pineyro
Starring: Eduardo Noriega, Najwa Nimri, Eduard Fernandez, Pablo Echarri, Ernesto Alterio,...

A cutting corporate satire from Spain, based on a famous play by Jordi Galceran, it features seven job applicants who turn up for an interview and fin... Read more

Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

Director: Darren Grant
Starring: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Tamara Taylor, Shemar Moore, Lisa Marcos, Tiffany...

Helen and Charles seem to have the idyllic marriage, unitl one day Charles brings his mistress home and kicks Helen out! The dejected wife runs back... Read more