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Timothée Chalamet, Willy Wonka, and Roald Dahl

Timothée Chalamet was recently announced to star in a Willy Wonka origin story based on works from the antisemitic Roald Dahl. Is this film really necessary? I’ll dive into my thoughts of the film, starring Timothée Chalamet, shortly. But before I do, let me talk about some of the other recent projects originating from Roald Dahl works.
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Roald Dahl became a passionate vaccine advocate when measles took his daughter

Olivia, the subject of a new film, died of measles encephalitis after a sharp decline. He would be encouraged by our Covid vaccine uptake. To Olivia, a new film on Sky Cinema, captures the year (1962) that author Roald Dahl’s daughter died of measles encephalitis. The death of seven-year-old Olivia nearly tore the family apart. This terrible story will be new to many people, but it’s not new to me. I first heard it 30 years ago from Dahl himself.
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How Roald Dahl became a passionate vaccine advocate

To Olivia, a new film on Sky Cinema, captures the year (1962) that author Roald Dahl’s daughter died of measles encephalitis. The death of seven-year-old Olivia nearly tore the family apart. This terrible story will be new to many people, but it’s not new to me. I first heard it 30 years ago from Dahl himself.
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To Olivia review: A portrait of grief that struggles to reconcile the two sides of Roald Dahl

Dir: John Hay. Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Keeley Hawes, Sam Heughan, Geoffrey Palmer, Conleth Hill. PG, 99 minsThirty years have passed since the death of Roald Dahl and we still wrestle with his legacy. As a man, he was cantankerous and deeply antisemitic, known for belittling his loved ones and treating his audience with apathy. On the page, he’d allow worlds of infinite wonder and impish genius to blossom. To Olivia, a film by John Hay, attempts to sidestep the matter entirely and tell a story about grief, in all its universal forms. At times, it feels like a cop-out....
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To Olivia review – a glib exploration of Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal's grief

The unbearable grief of losing a child is a difficult subject for any movie to encompass – and it defeats this decently acted but syrupy, glib drama about the early married life of movie star Patricia Neal and children’s author Roald Dahl, whose seven-year-old daughter Olivia died in 1962 of encephalitis due to measles. Despite the best intentions, To Olivia winds up creating a carpet of eggshells for its audience to walk across.
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Abused, neglected, abandoned — did Roald Dahl hate children as much as the witches did?

Described as “the world’s greatest storyteller”, Roald Dahl is frequently ranked as the best children’s author of all time by teachers, authors and librarians. However, the new film adaptation of Dahl’s controversial book, The Witches, warrants a fresh look at a recurrent contrast in Dahl’s work: child protection and care on one hand and a preoccupation with child-hatred, including child neglect and abuse, abandonment, and torture on the other. Dahl himself once admitted he simultaneously admired and envied children. While his stories spotlight children’s vulnerability to trauma, his child protagonists show how childhood can be an isolating but ultimately triumphant...
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SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Roald Dahl... a giant grump who loathed adoring fans

He was the 20th century's most famous storyteller renowned for classics such as James And The Giant Peach and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. However, despite his popularity among children, Roald Dahl had a darker side to his character — and rarely seen correspondence with his publisher Tom Maschler has surfaced which confirms his reputation as one of English literature's most notoriously spiky authors.
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To Olivia FIRST LOOK: Keeley Hawes stars as actress Patricia Neal opposite Hugh Bonneville's Roald Dahl as they struggle with the death of their eldest daughter in moving trailer

The first trailer for Sky Original film To Olivia was unveiled on Thursday. Keeley Hawes and Hugh Bonneville star as real-life husband and wife Patricia Neal and Roald Dahl, and the true story of their struggle with their grief following the loss of their eldest daughter Olivia to measles aged seven.