Jola Naibi

Writer and amateur photog. I seek to inspire and inform with the words I write and share and the photos I take. I have written a book of short stories: Terra Cotta Beauty, and I am working on a lot more. Reading and writing fuel my energy. In reading, I explore this vast and diverse world, in writing, I employ my over-active imagination and address the 'what-if' questions that life often throws at us.


The Personal History of David Copperfield

By on August 22, 2020

One of my favorite stories of all-time is making its way back to the silver screen in the U.S. Thanks to director Armando Iannucci who famously created the political satire Veep. The Personal History of David Copperfield based on Charles Dickens’ eponymous  novel will be released on August 28. Speaking to TIME magazine’s Dan Stewart from Dickens’ former home in Central London, which has now become a museum showcasing the author’s work, Mr. Iannucci talks about how he put a diverse spin in the casting for the movie. It stars Dev Patel, who always shines in all that he does, in the title role. Half the faces in the movie are those of Blacks and Asian Brits. The director says his casting choice came from a yearning to “choose from 100% of the acting community that was available to me, rather than 85%” and that, for the film that he wanted to make, it made sense for the cast to reflect the people in the movie theater.

“I didn’t want people to feel. We’re watching the past. I want them to feel. You’re in this story, and therefore it’s now.”

You can read Dan Stewart’s piece here. And watch the trailer to the brilliant movie below.