Notes from the past

Notes from the past

 

Ronald Neame & Céline La Frenière (1987)

 

In her youth, Céline had a wonderful time in the film industry, both in Vancouver and Los Angeles. First, working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, then moving to feature films in Hollywood. Among the screenplays she wrote, City on Fire, a so-called disaster movie, which starred Ava Gardner, Henry Fonda, Leslie Nielsen, Shelley Winters and Susan Clark, and an adaptation of Gerold Frank’s novel Judy. The latter brought her to the attention of film director Ronald Neame, who directed Garland in her last picture I could go on singing. Neame and La Frenière formed a production company and developed several screen projects together. Among them, a British romantic comedy entitled Foreign Body, which starred Victor Banerjee, Trevor Howard, Warren Mitchell, Geraldine McEwan, Denis Quilley, Amanda Donohoe, Anna Massey and Stratford John, and which she adapted for the screen. Those were exciting times, travelling from film sets, to premieres and festivals.
 

Much as she appreciated her years in Hollywood, Céline does not miss the glamour. These days, she takes pleasure in writing at home in North London. Creating Glaston Town was a labour of love. She will continue to write novels as long as people want to read them.


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