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Chapman brothers to film adaptation of The Marriage of Reason and Squalor

Funding for screen version of Jake Chapman's 2008 novel, written and directed by the artist brothers, to be secured from the art world

The Chapman brothers, Jake and Dinos, are to become the latest British artists to transfer their work to the world of film with a planned feature-length adaptation of Jake's debut novel, The Marriage of Reason and Squalor.

Published in 2008, Chapman's book is a typically jagged satire of the paperback romance novel. The story centres on bride-to-be Chlamydia Love and her dalliance with the "devilishly unattractive" writer Helmut Mandragorass. The Chapmans plan to co-direct the film adaptation, for which they are currently writing a screenplay.

The Marriage of Reason and Squalor opens with Love gifted a desert island by her fiancee. Matters soon turn awry when the young woman develops a fascination with Mandragorass, the property's rightful owner. A battle begins over the island and, ultimately, Chlamydia's love.
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This week's new film events

London Short Film Festival

The new year's festival season starts here, and so does the revolution. Short film is often regarded as a stepping stone to features, and there's plenty of that potential here, even a few big names (Michael Fassbender in Goldfish). But it's also a potentially radical art form in itself, and an admirably inclusive one. So here you'll find documentaries selected by Occupy London; showcases of queer cinema; black and Asian stories; feminist porn; found film; experimental shorts; special guests; parties; a film from Jake and Dinos Chapman (The Organ Grinder's Monkey, with Rhys Ifans); and a music doc with a live improvised score on homemade instruments. Something for everyone, then. There's even an evening of films about sad, lonely men (including Mark Gatiss, Matthew Holness and Roger Allam).

Various venues, to 15 Jan

Frozen Landscapes, Glasgow

What does a sunny place like Glasgow know about cold climates,
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