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Recently, Ruth Wilson spoke about The Little Stranger which is a film that is directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Abrahamson received a lot of praise for his directorial work in Room and The Little Stranger is his first movie since Room. In an interview with Collider, Lenny Abrahamson had the chance to talk about The Little Stranger.
The Little Stranger
Indeed, one of the things that he discussed was why he wanted to adapt The Little Stranger into a film after Room:
“Some people would say, ‘Okay, you had success with a literary adaptation, so did you just decide that’s your thing and want to do another one?’ When I read The Little Stranger, eight or nine years ago, just before it came out because somebody slipped us a copy of it, it was the first time I’d ever read a book and thought, ‘I would like to adapt that.’ So, it had been sitting there, in the back of my mind, for ages.”
“When I read it, I’d made two well-reviewed, but very small films in Ireland, and it was very, very hard for myself and Ed Guiney, the producer I work with so closely, to be trusted with a big period film. Later on, while I was working on Frank with Film4, they were also developing this project with producers Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood, with Potboiler in London.”
“We all ended up talking, including Lucinda Coxon, who’s the magnificent screenwriter that adapted this, and realizing we all had a very similar vision for the film and a feeling about it, so we decided that it would be good to work together. That’s how it started. Then, Room was bubbling away and it happened really quickly, by film standards, so I made and released Room.”
“Everybody was kind enough to wait for me while that was happening, before we did this. While other films and projects came in, and lots of offers came in, and other things that I’d been developing suddenly became possible, with the success of Room, I just had this in my head as the next film. I just didn’t want to let it go.”
“Things have their time and had I not made this film next, I would have been taken up with all of the other things that I’m developing, and I may not have had a chance to make it. I felt like I really had to do it now.”
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