Kipling on film exhibition at Bateman's

Logo for Kipling on film exhibition being held at Bateman's in East Sussex

From some of the earliest silent films at the dawn of the cinema age to the most recent 21st century Hollywood blockbusters, Kipling has featured in generations of cinema experiences.

Kipling's work has featured in more film adaptations than nearly any other British author as his stories can't help but lend themselves to the big screen through their sense of adventure, imagination and excitement.

Of all the adaptations, the most important and beloved film of all of Kipling's works remains Walt Disney's musical interpretation of The Jungle Book in 1967. This classic Disney production has cemented Kipling's place in film history forever.

Rudyard Kipling
Oil painting on canvas of Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling

Our exhibition will uncover the fantastic portrayals of Rudyard Kipling's literary works by the movie industry from the short films of 1915 to the darker 2016 Computer Generated Image (CGI) masterpiece of The Jungle Book.  Examples of movie posters will be on display, including the ones for Alexander Korda's 1942 version of The Jungle Book and a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production of Captains Courageous.

With a strong sense of nostalgia and a fascinating insight into Kipling's literary works that have been transformed by film, this exhibition is a must for those who enjoy film and Kipling. 

  • Exhibition runs from 26 January to 5 March 2017
  • Open daily from 11am to 3pm (26 Jan to 24 Feb)
  • Open daily from 11am to 5pm (25 Feb to 5 Mar)
  • Normal admission charges apply