Matt Bondurant wrote the story of his grandfather and great uncles in the book "Wettest County in the World" which has now been made into a major motion picture and about to hit the big screen in August! It is about our Franklin County Virginia, of which Rocky Mount is the county seat. The movie is now called "LAWLESS".
|Scene from Lawless about our Franklin County Virginia|
“The Wettest County” was optioned for a movie even before the book hit the shelves. It has been made into a major independent film named “Lawless,” which debuted recently at the Cannes Film Festival and will hit U.S. screens in August. It stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain and Gary Oldman; the screenplay was written by rock musician Nick Cave, and the soundtrack features songs by Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and Ralph Stanley, who does a bluegrass version of the Velvet Underground’s “White Light/White Heat.”
Bondurant wrote “The Wettest County” while he was teaching English at George Mason University in Fairfax between 2003 and 2007, and it was published in 2008 to glowing reviews. While living in Del Ray in Alexandria, Bondurant would trek down to his grandfather’s stamping grounds in the hills south of Roanoke to compile the remarkable detail that infuses the scenes and characters, when they aren’t punching or shooting each other or driving crazily on the back roads to avoid the law....read the rest here in WaPost.
|Shia LaBeouf portrays Matt's grandfather who falls in love with a German Baptist girl|
Stay with us at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast here in Rocky Mount Virginia, and walk to some of the areas in town that are covered in this book and movie, like the Franklin County Courthouse where the Commonwealth Attorney resides.
~VISIT FRANKLIN COUNTY VIRGINIA WHERE WE DRINK OUR CORN~