Before all your childhood dystopian dreams hit the big screen, the elusive Lois Lowry and film star Jeff Bridges meet to talk about adapting Lowry’s famed book. The twelve-year-olds inside of us are swooning at the thought of seeing these two giants of the page and screen in one place, but especially about Lowry—because who hasn't wept over her canonical young adult novel? The film adaptation we’ve been waiting for since 1993 will be released on August 15, but you can get a sneak peak at the 92Y’s event on Friday, Aug 8, at 7:00pm.
A quick recap: Set in a seemingly utopian future where all emotion has been eradicated, The Giver follows a young boy, Jonas, who receives from The Giver the community’s memories, like the ability to see color, to feel sunshine, to comprehend war. All the things that make us human. The new film, directed by Phillip Noyce, stars Brenton Thwaites as Jonas, Meryl “18 Oscar nominations” Streep as the community elder and Jeff Bridges as The Giver.
The book won the Newbery Medal in 1994 and has gone on to sell 10 million copies. Yeah, it’s that good, and this is a rare chance to hear Lowry herself discuss how she created the work, its lasting influence on the world and how she has been involved with the film adaption. More than half the tickets have already sold, so head over to the 92Y website to nab yours; tickets start at $30 but those 35 and younger can get one for just $15. And don’t worry if the discussion makes you a little misty-eyed—like Lowry taught us, it’s better to feel nostalgic than to feel nothing at all.