The Manchester Journal


WESTON >> Jay Craven's new seaside film drama, "Peter and John," will play the Weston Playhouse, 7:30 p.m,, Sunday, July 10. The film stars 2014 Golden Globe winner Jacqueline Bisset ("Day for Night," "Bullitt"). Director Craven will introduce the film and lead a post-screening question-and-answer session.

"Peter and John" marks Craven's eighth narrative film based in New England – and it was recently nominated for a 2016 New England Emmy. The director's previous pictures include five collaborations with Vermont writer Howard Frank Mosher, among them "Northern Borders," with Bruce Dern and Genevieve Bujold, "Disappearances," with Kris Kristofferson, and "Where the Rivers Flow North" with Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, and Michael J. Fox.

"Peter and John" is based on the 19th century novel "Pierre et Jean" by Guy de Maupassant and is set in 1872 Nantucket, during the island's "ghost period" — after the decline of whaling, before the rise of tourism, and in the New England shadow of the Civil War. The film tells the story of two brothers whose relationship strains when the younger one receives news of an unexpected inheritance — and both brothers become attracted to the same young woman who arrives on their island.

Maupassant's novel was widely credited for helping to change the course of narrative fiction through its detailed psychological characterizations. Tolstoy and Nabokov both cited the novel as an influence.

In a letter to his brother Theo, Vincent Van Gogh cited Maupassant for the visual power of the novel's detailed seaside setting. Henry James wrote, "Monsieur de Maupassant has never before been so clever" and he called Pierre et Jean a "masterly little novel" for its potent themes of family, status, self-discovery and the lengths to which someone will go to reveal or suppress the truth. A film trailer can be seen at:

"Peter and John" stars Jacqueline Bisset ("Bullitt," Truffaut's "Day for Night"); Christian Coulson ("The Hours," "Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets"); Shane Patrick Kearns ("Blue Collar Boys"); Diane Guerrero ("Orange is the New Black," "Jane the Virgin"); and Gordon Clapp ("Matewan," "Eight Men Out," "Glengarry Glen Ross").

"Peter and John" was shot on Nantucket in the spring of 2014 and it was produced through the Movies From Marlboro (MfM) program, a biennial film intensive semester jointly produced by Marlboro College and Kingdom County Productions. For this ambitious production, 22 filmmaking professionals mentored and collaborated with 32 students from 12 colleges.

For tickets and more information, go to or call 802-824- 5288.


If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.

Powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions