Screenwriter Nick Hornby’s masterful adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s bestselling novel may be set in the 1950s, but its ideas about immigration, displacement and the evolution of the family unit are entirely modern in their outlook thanks to its female-centric narrative.
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.