It’s almost a year since it was announced that nonfiction book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was to be made into a movie. Oprah Winfrey was soon announced as star and producer and production started back in September. And now, we have the first trailer, and a release date for the movie and it looks like it’s going to be fantastic!
The movie is based on the 2010 nonfiction works by American author Rebecca Skloot. The book looks at the immortal ‘HeLa’ cell line that came from Henrietta Lacks cervical cancer in 1951 and tackles ethical issues of race and class in medical research.
The movie is set to air on 22nd April so if you haven’t yet read the book there is still time to do so. Here’s that first trailer:
Henrietta Lacks was an African American woman who was the progenitor of the HeLa cell line, one of the most important findings in medical research ever discovered. However, Lacks wasn’t aware that she was the donor of these cells, taken from a cancerous tumour on her cervix at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland in 1951.
It would take until the late 1990s and long after Lacks death until she would receive any recognition for the contribution to science and her story would be fully known.
In case you didn’t know, Towel Day is a celebration that happens every year on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams who died in May, 2001.
On this day, fans around the universe honour him by carrying a towel, reading his novels, and generally spreading the word about the great man.
Fans of Adams’ work, and in particular The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, started this celebration 2 weeks after Douglas died in 2001, and since then many of us have been honouring him in our own ways…
An Italian Orchestra- the Magister Espresso Orchestra– produced this beautiful video as a tribute to Adams, for Towel Day.
His first novel, The Room On the Roof, was written when he was 17 and was partly based on his experiences at Dehradun, in a small rented room on a roof.
His first children’s book was The Angry River, published in 1972. On writing for children, Ruskin said, “I had a pretty lonely childhood and it helps me to understand a child better.”
Ruskin has written a series of autobiographical work: Rain in the Mountains, about his years spent in Mussoorie; Scenes from a Writer’s Life based on his life up until he was 21, and Scenes from a Writer’s Life focuses on his English adventures.
“It also tells a lot about my parents”, he says, “The book ends with the publication of my first novel and my decision to make writing my livelihood…Basically, it describes how I became a writer”.
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His latest work is his memoir and collection of essays Keeping on Keeping on, published in 2016. Here he can be seen reading an excerpt for the audience at the National Theatre, with his recognisable Leeds accent.