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Visiting Author Series brings British writer to UNG


Quentin Falk, British film journalist, critic and author who has interviewed countless film stars from John Wayne to Cate Blanchett, will spend three days at the University of North Georgia as part of the university's Visiting Authors Series.

The series brings contemporary writers to discuss their work and offer insights about the writing and publishing process. Falk will visit UNG's Gainesville campus on April 8 and the Dahlonega campus on April 9 to meet with various groups and classes and discuss "From True Lives to True Crime: Cinema, Celebrity & The Courtroom" on both campuses.

Falk is film critic for The Catholic Herald, editor of the film magazine website Movies1, and a feature writer and book critic for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' (BAFTA) website. His books include "Anthony Hopkins: the Biography," "Mr. Hitchcock," "Television's Strangest Moments," "Cinema's Strangest Moments," and "Albert Finney: In Character." His novel "The Musical Milkman Murder" details a real-life murder in a small British town where several popular British television crime shows are filmed.

He is a former editor of Screen International, the cinematography journal "Exposure" and the BAFTA magazine, "Academy," and been a film critic for, among others, The Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Mirror. A regular pundit on television and radio, he presented a BBC TV Arena Centenary special on Graham Greene.

On April 8, Falk will visit a film class on the Gainesville campus; his lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in the Martha Nesbitt Academic Building, room 3110.

On April 9, Falk will have lunch with faculty and honors society members and visit a British literature class on the Dahlonega campus. His lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m in the Shott Auditorium on the Dahlonega campus.

Falk's lecture touches on his latest book, "The Musical Milkman Murder," which lifts the lid on a notorious British crime in 1920 that took place in the cottage that decades later would become the writer's home for more than 45 years. In the course of his exhaustive research, Falk discovered that it was the first murder trial in the history of the United Kingdom that included women on the jury. He also uncovered an extraordinary coincidence following the case: the judge, the hangman and the most distinguished prosecution witness all subsequently committed suicide.

Falk will wrap up his visit on April 10 with a screening of the film "The Fallen Idol," adapted from celebrated British writer Graham Greene's short story "The Basement Room," in the David L. Potter Special Collections Room in the Library Technology Center on the Dahlonega campus. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Falk, who has studied Greene's films and worked with the author on his biography "Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham Greene."

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