Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pope Joan Movie Brief Showing in DC

Since I loved this book so much I have been anticipating the release of the movie here in the states. Things have been a bit bumpy for the release here and I have been holding my fingers crossed that it will make it here. There is a catch though, before they will release it in the states they are doing a pre screening to see if people are interested in it. If you happen to live in the DC area and love Historical fiction then this is the movie for you. Too bad I live on the other side of the continent or I would be there with bells and whistles! Here is what Donna had to say about it:

"Pope Joan
Hi, Pope Joan Readers and Fans!

Still no definite news on a U.S. release for the movie version of Pope Joan. But there's a "trial balloon": a showing on January 27th at the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington, D.C. This is a one-night event only! And it's important that it be well-attended, for U.S. distributors are still on the fence about the degree of interest in Joan's story here in the U.S.

I'll be there on the 27th, answering audience questions after the film and also signing books. Tickets are only $10 for this event ($7.50 for seniors and students)

If anyone you know in the D.C. area would like to attend, tickets may be purchased online:

1. Link to the purchase page and enter January 27 in the
box titled "Select Show Date."
2. You will see the showing of Pope Joan.
3. You can purchase your ticket from there.

Thanks Alex Trebec!
Other news: to my utter delight, Pope Joan appeared on the TV show "Jeopardy"! Many observant readers wrote to tell me that my novel was the answer to a Jeopardy question on Thanksgiving Day. A wonderful holiday surprise! Link here to see the screenshots from the show.

And David Wenham, Too
Finally, a charming story about David Wenham, who plays Gerold in the film. During one of the premiere press conferences, he was asked, "How did it feel to kiss a woman with a tonsure?" (for Johanna Wokalek, the brilliant actress who plays Joan, had to shave the crown of her head like a monk to play this part!).

David's response: "Fantastic!" This drew a warm and appreciative laugh. Then he added, "Gerold fell in love with Joan for a lot of reasons, none of which had anything to do with her hair style." THAT brought the house down! Standing beside him at that moment, I hooted and applauded enthusiastically along with the rest of the audience.

Thanks to all for your support. Hope to see you in Washington January 27th!"

Donna Woolfolk Cross

Update 7:12 pm: The showing has completely sold out

"If you have not yet purchased a ticket, then you won't want to make the trip. Since the theater is sold out, no more tickets will be available. I'll be sorry not to see you there, but perhaps this sell-out performance will help increase the chances of an opening in your area.

[But I do have a request! If you were planning to attend, but had not yet purchased your tickets, will you shoot us a reply email and let us know how many might have attended? This will help the producers know more about the level of interest in a more expanded release in the United States.]"


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  1. Hope it goes well Lizzy I am anxious to see this movie as well. My son and his wife live in DC so I am giving them the heads up to go see it.

  2. I wish I lived there, because I would be all over this!! I loved the book and Donna couldn't be nicer!

  3. I hope the event goes well because I would really like to see the movie too.

  4. I have be lucky to get a hold of more on the movie. I have seen the trailer and it looks so phenominally good I have to see it now. You all have seen the first movie Lord of the Rings? The good guy helping froto at the end who goes after the ring? Not Vigo his friend sworn to protect them....he dies. But that guy plays gerold and he is perfect for it. John goodman is in it too for peets sake.

    I am shocked that it is not already across the country. Maybe it is a conspiracy...

    It looks really good I wish I lived in D.C.

  5. I saw it last year here in germany and loved it.
    Cross my fingers!

  6. oooh I bet it was really good. Lucky!


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