Classic Kerouac novel ‘On The Road’ for Nenagh screening

Thought unfilmable, Jack Kerouac’s classic novel ‘On the Road’ has been brought to the big screen by Brazilian film director Walter Salles. The book, which was published in 1957 has long since been regarded as a classic of American literature and was a mainstay of the ‘beat’ counterculture in the 1950’s and 60’s.

 

The film details a period in the life of young writer Sal Paradise who has his world shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the America they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

 

Kerouac’s classic ‘On the Road’ features Garret Hedlund (pictured) and Kirsten Stewart

The free-form nature of the book was thought to be one of the reasons that it wasn’t filmed until now, however Salles has done a fine job in going to the heart of the book echoing the sense of adventure, the idea of travel as a means to find oneself, and the notion that life does not have to be lived in a 9-5 job.

 

Actors Garret Hedlund, ‘Twilight’s’ Kirsten Stewart and Sam Riley are the three friends whose journey will ultimately change American writing for ever. The film is certified for 16 years or older and screens in Nenagh Arts Centre on Thursday, 21st March at 8 p.m. Admission is €7 on the door.

 

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