This year’s South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas just ended on March 20 and featured some fantastic offerings for fans of literary-related film. From book adaptations of a popular Young Adult thriller series to films by comic book legend Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”) and teen queen author Bella Thorne, there was something for every bookworm this year. Here are the highlights of the best films for literary fans at this year’s SXSW festival.
1. “I Am Not A Serial Killer”
“I Am Not a Serial Killer” is an Irish supernatural thriller film directed by Billy O’Brien and based on author Dan Wells’ 2009 Young Adult thriller of the same name. It stars Christopher Lloyd, Max Records, and Laura Fraser. In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay. The film received positive reviews at SXSW despite the fact that (with author approval) the finale of the film differs from the one found in Dan Wells’ original novel.
“Outcast” is based on the Skybound/Image comic title by popular comic creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta. Comic book fans best know Robert Kirkman from his wildly popular comic book series turned top-watched show “The Walking Dead” and follow-up series “Fear the Walking Dead.” “Outkast” follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and stars Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Wrenn Schmidt, Reg E. Cathey, David Denman. “Outkast” will premiere on Cinemax on June 3 and has already been picked up for a second season.
3. “Shovel Buddies”
“Shovel Buddies” stars actress and Young Adult author Bella Thorne. Thorne is best known in the literary world for her “Autumn Falls” series. Filled with personal elements from Thorne’s own life, the series is a real girl trying to find her own inner strength and be the best she can be, with a hint of magic and mystery. “Shovel Buddies” follows Jimmy (Alex Neustaedter) who, after
after the death of his best friend, enlists childhood friend Dan (Kian Lawley), little brother Lump, and crush Kate (Bella Thorne) to fulfill a last request.
Though not a book adaptation or linked to any well-known authors, the literary-bent plot of “Slash” should still appeal to book lovers. Neil is a questioning teen who secretly writes erotic fan fiction about popular sci-fi characters. When his classmate Julia discovers his writing, she leads him down a rabbit hole deep into the world of ‘slash’ fiction. Stars Michael Johnston, Hannah Marks, Michael Ian Black, Missi Pyle, Jessie Ennis, Peter Vack, Sarah Ramos, Robert Longstreet, Tishuan Scott, and Lucas Neff.