You’re Invited To A Dickens Film Festival Near Boston

by Fred Guida on July 12, 2012

Alan Bates as Charles Dickens

London by Dickens

If you live in the Boston area, or are up for a road trip, you are cordially invited to a Dickensian Film Festival on Saturday, July 21st, at 2:00 PM.   It is sponsored by the North of Boston Dickens Fellowship and takes place at the Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex Street, in Salem, MA.   Click here for details.

I will be on hand to introduce three rare Dickensian films:  London by Dickens, The Chimes and Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby is a Friend of Mine.   DVDs of all three will be available for purchase and there will be a free raffle as well.

A Christmas Carol and Its AdaptationsI will also be peddling my book A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: Dickens’s Story on Screen and Television.   This masterpiece stars Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge and a cast of thousands.   And what better time to pick up a copy than the month of July!

If you are even remotely interested in Dickensian adaptations, this will be a golden opportunity to venture off the beaten path and experience three truly original productions!

London by Dickens will be a de facto world premiere of a program that was originally broadcast in New York in 1958.   It stars a very young Alan Bates as Boz and is a highly impressionistic sketch of some of Dickens’s lesser known short writings.   It may well be the freshest approach to Dickens ever attempted by film or television!

The ChimesThe Chimes is an excellent clay animation production and the only extant version of Dickens’s second Christmas Book.   It features narration by Derek Jacobi.

And finally, Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby is a Friend of Mine, is based on a delightful Ray Bradbury short story.   Bradbury himself narrates and it stars Fred Gwynne as an eccentric character who may or may not be Charles Dickens.

Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby is a Friend of MineWe’re at the halfway point of this exciting bicentenary year and this event promises to be an enjoyable way to keep the celebration alive!

If you would like any further information or details, please contact me directly at



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Phyllis Whitacre December 5, 2012 at 11:38 am

I am interested in all things Dickens and would like to find his Christmas story “the Chimes” in film, and any other of his stories in film. I have some , but would very much find them all. can you help?


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