Compare and contrast the film adaptation of 'Billy Liar'with the stage play. Discuss the ways in which they differ and how each affects the audience.

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Zakir A Patel 5LE                                                          GCSE English Coursework

                        Twentieth Century Drama GCSE Coursework

Compare and contrast the film adaptation of ‘Billy Liar’ with the stage play. Discuss the ways in which they differ and how each affects the audience.

         

  ‘Billy Liar’, the play was written in the early 1960’s by Willis Hall and Keith Waterhouse. The film was released in 1962, in which Tom Courtenay starred as Billy and Julie Christie as Liz. Billy Fisher is bored. Bored with his job as an undertaker's assistant, bored with his Northern family background. But he does have one thing going for him - a vivid imagination. In fact, the dimmer Billy's surroundings, the more fantastic are his compensatory daydreams.  Not everyone takes kindly to these elaborate fantasies, especially not his three girlfriends, at least two of whom Billy is engaged to, as one lie leads to another reality and fantasy find themselves on an hilarious collision course, and even Billy is going to have trouble keeping them apart... This enduring tale has appeared as a play, novel, stage musical and the hugely successful movie starring Tom Courtenay and Julie Christie.                                                               There are differences between presenting the play in a theatre or broadcasting it on television. It would be advantageous presenting the play on television for several obvious reasons. You could have more characters on TV and different settings. You could also use special effects to make the play more realistic where as, performing the play in a theatre there wouldn’t be that many characters as it wouldn’t be that exciting. Also, you could not have as many different settings and it is a lot more compressed. Therefore, it is obvious that presenting the play on TV it is more exciting in terms of characters, the different settings and the special effects.                                                                    

My aim for this essay is to compare and contrast the film adaptation of ‘Billy Liar’ with the stage play. I will be discussing ways in which they differ and how each affects the audience.

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          At the beginning of ‘Billy Liar’ in the book, Billy’s grandmother Florence is talking to herself about a person, who is called Dr.Blackmore about an appointment. Alice Fisher was complaining about her son Billy for not coming to breakfast in the mornings. As well as Alice, but even Billy’s father Geoffrey and Florence were complaining about Billy. They were all basically complaining Billy’s laziness. Florence’s opinion is that his parents did not bring him up to proper standards. Eventually Billy comes down and says he’s been offered a job in London by a man, known ...

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