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'.

Toys in the Attic (1963)

Director: George Roy Hill
Starring: Dean Martin, Gene Tierney, Geraldine Page, Wendy Hiller, Yvette Mimieux

Sisters Carrie and Anna Berniers have been supporting their ne'er-do-well brother Julian through various failed businesses; now, he returns home with... Read more

Middle Age Spread (1978)

Director: John Reid
Starring: Donna Akersten, Dorothy McKegg, Grant Tilly, Peter Sumner, Bridget Armstrong

A unique "comedy of manners", based on Roger Hall's stage play which was a smash hit in NZ and the UK. Colin (Grant Tilly) is the deputy principal of... Read more

Alice in Wonderland (1983)

Director: Kirk Browning
Starring: Richard Burton, Colleen Dewhurst, Donald O'Connor, Kate Burton, Nathan Lane, Fri...

From the elaborate broadway revival of the 1932 Eva Le Gallienne/Florida Friebus production comes a whimsical retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic.... Read more

1918 (1985)

Director: Ken Harrison
Starring: Matthew Broderick

While an influenza epidemic is sweeping America, young men everywhere are succumbing to the patriotic fervor fanned by the flames of World War I. In a... Read more

Alan Bennett at the BBC (2010)

Director: David Hinton, Giles Foster, John Schlesinger, Malcolm Mowbray, Richard Eyre, Stephen Frears, Stuart Burge, Udayan Prasad, Jonathan Stedall
Starring: Alan Bates, Alan Bennett, Daniel-Day Lewis, James Fox, Janet McTeer, Jim Broadbe...

Alan Bennett is one of Britain's most popular and prolific authors and playwrights. He initially wrote for the stage, but found that with his observan... Read more

The Honey Pot (1967)

Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Starring: Capucine, Cliff Robertson, Maggie Smith, Rex Harrison, Susan Hayward

Rex Harrison stars as international playboy Cecil Fox, who decides to pretend he's dying in order to find out what his three old flames will do. He su... Read more

Blessed (2009)

Director: Ana Kokkinos
Starring: Deborra-Lee Furness, Frances O'Connor, Miranda Otto, Victoria Haralabidou, Willi...

A tender and stirring portrayal of a single day from two very different perspectives. Seven children wander the streets in an urban odyssey but not al... Read more

Melo (1986)

Director: Alain Resnais
Starring: Andre Dussollier, Fanny Ardant, Pierre Arditi, Sabine Azema, Jacques Dacqmine, C...

Known for stylistically adventurous films like "Last Year at Marienbad", French director Alain Resnais transitions to a self-conciously subdued form i... Read more

Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

Director: Charles Jarrott
Starring: Genevieve Bujold, Richard Burton, Anthony Quayle, Irene Papas, John Colicos

The ill-fated romance of King Henry VIII of England and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, is recounted in this lavish drama. The king's (Richard Burton) o... Read more

Good (2008)

Director: Vicente Amorim
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker, Steven Mackintosh, Mark Strong,...

Viggo Mortensen is the bespectacled Professor Halder, living in 1930s Germany with a neurotic wife, two demanding children and a mother suffering from... Read more