With a bucketload of assignments and study, I was looking for a light read. Interested in the forthcoming film version of Trash (which has just premiered at the Rio Film Festival but strangely doesn’t have a US release date and has been pushed to March next year in Australia. Odd when considering Stephen Daldry’s track record), which from the trailer looks like City of God, Slumdog Millionaire style, I picked this up.
Trash, for a book aimed at young teenagers, is surprisingly deep and vivid. It has lines like these! Well, maybe it wouldn’t have been a surprise 20 years ago, but in this age of where every Young Adult book committed to the screen seems to be following The Hunger Games, putting issues in a form for the video game, virtual generation, it’s a novel for kids that brings them back to the real world. It’s a wonderful book, admittedly with its fairytale moments but also unafraid to delve into the issues at hand, including police brutality, corruption, and the truly shocking conditions grow up in overseas.
As a film adaptation, it’ll face the issue that many Young Adult books such as CHERUB have had when being planned to move to the screen (which is why we’ll sadly, probably never see films of those) – if it’s faithful, if it shows the violence as the book describes it, its audience won’t be able to see it. Which is a shame, because, as I said, it’s a welcome departure from usual fare. By the looks of the trailer, Mara and Sheen’s roles have been significantly expanded (they’re pretty minor in the novel). But eh, I’m not a purist when it comes to these things. Will some of the terrifying sequences that truly ground it in its setting still be there? I hope so, but if Variety’s review is to be believed, “realism Daldry haphazardly aims for (and frequently misses)”. Ah well, I’m still excited. I’ll definitely be first in line, interested to see what Daldry has done with it. Can’t wait to see that second to last scene.
Trash is currently scheduled for release on March 26, 2015.