Since then, his 20 books, from Affliction (1989) to The Sweet Hereafter
(1991), have followed ordinary lives as they struggle with violence, poverty, isolation, and tragedy.
Hollywood's preference is to frequently ignore it, apart from sporadic releases like Ordinary People (1980), Truly Madly Deeply (1990), The Sweet Hereafter
(1997) and Shirley MacLaine's overlooked Belfast drama Closing the Ring (2007).
In The Sweet Hereafter
(1991), one encounters layers of complexity and an undeniable concern with besieged masculinity and its imagined consequences for the future of "our town.
In terms of screenplay, Banks is an acknowledged professional, having produced scripts for Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, but he is best known for his novels, among them Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter
, Affliction, and The Darling.
Earth headlines this show, but the Seattle band has very good taste in its support, with Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter
playing the middle slot as part of its tour with the band.
Conducting research for his latest novel, Banks -- the author of "The Sweet Hereafter
," "Affliction" and "Cloudsplitter" -- took flying lessons.
They examine themes in his films, such as The Sweet Hereafter
and Exotica, his theater and opera stagings, and his art installations and their political, philosophical, and aesthetic context, in addition to their intellectual and emotional aspects.
This uncertainty, the idea of not being sure, is the most productive formal and thematic strand in Egoyan's work, from the reinvention of identity in Next of Kin to the self-conscious character artifices in Speaking Parts and The Adjuster, to the technologically mediated relationships in Family Viewing and Calendar, to the jigsaw puzzles of time and memory in Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter
, to the interrogations of personal and political history in Ararat.
Russell Banks, a prolific writer who is white and whose works include best-selling novels The Sweet Hereafter
and Continental Drift, said of Golden: "She reminds me of some of the movie producers, a person who puts together diverse talent.
BACKING band The Sweet Hereafter
didn't have enough money to make it over from the States, so Jesse Sykes was accompanied by just one man at this intimate gig - her partner Phil Wandscher on electric guitar.
In one of my favorite recent portraits, David on the street in his hood, Sag Harbor, 2001, Goldin's longtime muse and friend, David Armstrong, a little grizzled and Yankee-direct, peers right at us from a wintry small-town streetscape straight out of Russell Banks--or more precisely Atom Egoyan's 1997 film based on Banks's novel The Sweet Hereafter
Seattle is considered the first city to find out, with The Sweet Hereafter
by Russell Banks in 1998.
The Canadian director was nominated for two Oscars last year for The Sweet Hereafter
and was much acclaimed for his thriller Exotica.
Unlike "The Ice Storm" or "The Sweet Hereafter
," "Sling Blade" is devoid of the creature comforts of middle-class life that at least allow people the degraded hobbies that keep them functioning.
The Sweet Hereafter
gets my vote as the best film of 1997.