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Emma Donoghue on writing Room: ‘I toned down some of the horror of the Fritzl case’
Donoghue’s bestseller drew on the case of Felix Fritzl, who was held captive in a dungeon by his father, and her observations of her own children

Emma Donoghue

08, May, 2021 @12:00 PM

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From Don't Look Now to The Child in Time: why do we crave stories of lost children?
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. As a new TV adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel starring Benedict Cumberbatch hits our screens, we explore our fears and fantasies around the ultimate horror

Alex Clark

21, Sep, 2017 @5:00 AM

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The 10 best things to do this week: Woyzeck and My Cousin Rachel
It’s the last two weeks to catch John Boyega’s on the stage as a soldier in 80s Berlin, while Rachel Weisz stars in a seductive, gothic thriller

The Guide

09, Jun, 2017 @8:00 AM

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Emma Donoghue: seven kids and four parents – bigger is better in children’s books
In classics from Eve Garnett to Arthur Ransome, there are always enough kids to form a world without adults – and a hardcore tomboy can have a place in the gang

Emma Donoghue

29, Apr, 2017 @11:00 AM

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The Wonder by Emma Donoghue review – a thrilling domestic psychodrama
Miracle, fraud or medical anomaly? A gripping investigation into an Irish girl’s fasting by the writer of Room

Justine Jordan

23, Sep, 2016 @6:30 AM

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The Hateful Eight; Room; A War; Welcome to Me; Janis: Little Girl Blue; Welcome to Leith – review
Quentin Tarantino’s western locks eight of the usual suspects in a cabin together, but none can match Brie Larson for captivating viewing

Guy Lodge

08, May, 2016 @7:00 AM

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Emma Donoghue: ‘I’ve ended up having a family and being a lesbian.'
The writer, 46, on being religious, diversity in film and why bad luck must be just round the corner

Ed Cumming

07, May, 2016 @1:00 PM

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Brie Larson wins best actress Oscar for Room
The actor’s first nomination has led to a win for her role in the harrowing drama

Benjamin Lee

29, Feb, 2016 @4:47 AM

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A new chapter in cinema: why books are big at the 2016 Oscars
Film adaptations of Brooklyn, The Martian, The Revenant and Room are among the best picture nominees at this year’s Academy Awards as Hollywood shows its bookish side

Andrew Pulver

28, Feb, 2016 @8:00 AM

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Emma Donoghue on how she wrote the screenplay for Room
The author explains the challenges and rewards of adapting her bestselling novel for the big screen

Emma Donoghue

15, Jan, 2016 @4:20 PM

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Room review – Brie Larson shines in a dark dungeon
A heartfelt, Golden Globe-winning performance powers this gripping drama about a mother and son imprisoned by a psychotic abuser

Peter Bradshaw

14, Jan, 2016 @3:30 PM

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Lenny Abrahamson: ‘It’s a way of talking about childhood and parenting’
As his film Room is released, the Irish director talks about wise children, fear of failure and his love of Laurel and Hardy

Jonathan Romney

10, Jan, 2016 @9:00 AM

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