Screenwriter and playwright Moira Buffini talks to festival curator Francine Stock about her approach to film adaptation. Beginning her career as an acclaimed playwright before moving into screenwriting, Buffini is no stranger to the process. Whether taking on a much-loved graphic novel in her debut Tamara Drewe, revitalising a classic with Jane Eyre in 2011 or adapting her own play Byzantium (currently in post-production), Buffini has carved a place for herself as an exciting new voice in screenwriting.
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From Mary Norton’s novel, The Borrowers, adapted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Another piece of stunning hand-drawn animation from the world-famous Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo). The film transfers The Borrowers to a sprawling old house on the edge of Tokyo, where thumb-sized heroine Arrietty fatally ignores her parents’ warning that they must never risk being seen by humans. On a mission to retrieve a sugar cube (armed only with a pin) her adventuring takes her into the life of 12 year-old invalid Sho. Now their unlikely friendship must save Arrietty’s family from destruction…
“Animation doesn’t get any better than Arrietty” The Telegraph