Although James Cameron’s mega-budget Hollywood behemoth Avatar has been dominating column inches over recent weeks, the rest of 2010 is shaping up to be a memorable one for films on this side of the Atlantic. With the likes of An Education and A Single Man dominating awards ceremonies, and films like Philip Ridley’s Heartless on the horizon, it’s easy to feel upbeat about the current state of British cinema. When something like The Scouting Book For Boys comes along, it’ also easy to feel inspired, excited and proud of our home-grown talent.
Directed by Danish film-maker Lone Scherfig, An Education is a coming of age drama is set in early 1960s Twickenham. Adapted by Nick Hornby from Lynn Barber’s memoir, the story revolves around intelligent teenage schoolgirl Jenny (Carey Mulligan) who has her head turned by the much older David (Peter Sarsgaard). As her burgeoning romance with David sweeps her along in a whirlwind of expensive presents, foreign trips and increasingly adult pursuits, Jenny is forced to decide between continuing her education and following her feelings.
Adapted by Nick Hornby (Fever Pitch) from the memoir by Lynn Barber, An Education stars up and coming actress Carey Mulligan as a teen girl living in 1960s London whose life is changed with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. We caught up with Mulligan and her co-star Peter Sarsgaard for the lowdown on their time-travelling drama.