Sunday, September 27, 2009

An Education

Some are predicting an Oscar nomination next year for one of Screenterrier's favourite Faces to Watch in 2009, 23 year old Carey Mulligan, after her star turn in Lone Scherfig's An Education, a coming-of-age tale in which she plays a London schoolgirl in the Sixties who falls for a much older man (Peter Sarsgaard). Based on the journalist Lynn Barber's memoirs, and written by Nick Hornby, the film wowed audiences, first at the Sundance Film Festival last month and then in Berlin and Toronto, and has turned Mulligan into the newcomer of the moment.

"They didn't want me for the role, initially," laughs the actress. "I auditioned ages ago with Beeban Kidron. Then Beeban pulled out and it collapsed. That was two years ago. Then Lone came on, but they didn't want to bring me in. She had a list of people, and the ones that they thought she should bring in had ticks next to their names. I didn't have a tick, but she saw my tape and said, 'She should come in.' If she hadn't had the time to watch all the tapes, I wouldn't be talking to you today."

The film is released in the UK on the 16th October.

Playing school-girls alongside Carey are Ellie Kendrick (last seen in The Diary of Anne Frank) as Tina, and Amanda Fairbank-Hynes as Hattie.

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