Thursday, 28 July 2016

The BFG reimagined: a guest illustration by Laura from Cardboard Cities

This week, we took the kids to see the new film adaptation of one of my favourite Roald Dahl books, The BFG. It was every bit as wonderful as I'd hoped it would be, despite how clear a picture I had in my head of the imagined world so perfectly described by the great author.

Mark Rylance as the eponymous giant is just right, his huge face so friendly and benign, especially in contrast to the other horrible inhabitants of Giant Country - the Fleshlumpeater, the Bloodbottler and their seven mean mates.

I'd been worried the film might be a bit scary for the kids but they were enchanted. Any tense moments that led my smallest boy to hop onto my lap were brief, and it wasn't the usual uncomfortable wriggly experience as we were perched on sofa seats at the newly-opened Everyman Cinema in Bristol.

My favourite part of the film was when the BFG and Sophie went on the hunt for dreams, net in hand, chasing brightly coloured, sentient creatures through a strange underwater world. One of my big fascinations at the moment is the concept of ideas being conscious, travelling through the world until they find a vessel through which they can come into being. It's a magical concept, one that fits with Roald Dahl's manifestation of dreams. Have a watch of the trailer if you haven't already:

Above is a beautiful collage illustration by my friend and talented illustrator, Laura Redburn who writes the blog Cardboard Cities. I asked Laura to come up with an illustration representing the idea of dreaming for this post and she's done such an amazing job! Sleep is one of my favourite things in the world and dreaming comes a close second. I love to see how she's conceptualised dreams with such vibrant colours and a happy dreamer. Also, she knows me well - that could be my mind most of the time, full of cake and ice cream and other pretty fripperies, all of which I'm sure could be found in these Classic British Hotels.

Thanks so much Laura! Make sure you head over to her illustration portfolio and blog for more delightful images and words.

How do you sleep? Do you dream? What ideas make their way into your mind at night?
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