Thursday 29 September 2016

Lenny Abrahamson reveals letter he sent Emma Donoghue to persuade her he should direct Room

Published 11/02/2016 | 13:33

Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson put in blistering performances in Room
Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson put in blistering performances in Room

Lenny Abrahamson has spoken about how he fought for the opportunity to direct the big screen adaptation of Emma Donoghue's novel Room.

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The Irish director, who had indie flicks Adam & Paul, Garage, and What Richard Did, under his belt at the time, wrote Donoghue a letter outlining why he was the right man for the job.

The film has been nominated for four Oscars - Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Director - and has bagged countless other nominations and awards including Best International Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards and several Best actress gongs for star Brie Larson.

Larson stars as a woman who was kidnapped and is confined to a small room, where she lives with her five-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay).

Room’ stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay and director Lenny Abrahamson. Photo: Reuters
Room’ stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay and director Lenny Abrahamson. Photo: Reuters

Abrahamson has now allowed Indiewire to publish the five-page letter the director wrote to Donoghue.

"Ultimately, I think, what most resonates with me in ROOM is its simple humanity," he writes.

"At its heart, and without any hint of sentimentality, is a deep, aching care for its characters, a tenderness and compassion towards them which gives it its moral force and redemptive power.

"So, while I recognise the huge potential of its compelling and original story, and relish the technical and stylistic challenges it presents, it is this humanity which has stayed with me and which draws me to it as something I want to make for the screen."

He signs off with, "I love this book, I feel I understand how it works, and I believe I have the skill and sensitivity to do it justice on film."

It looks like his heartfelt pitch paid off!

Read the full letter HERE

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