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From book to screen, film-makers discuss challenges

Published on Oct 13, 2012 12:01 PM

FRANKFURT (AFP) - Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry, most of whose films have been based on well-known books, believes novelists now more readily embrace the adaptation of their works onto the big screen.

Mr Daldry was among the movers and shakers from international film, publishing and multimedia industries to share their insight into storytelling at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which runs until Sunday.

The British director and producer, whose films The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close were based on novels, said authors in the past had often been "dismissive" of movie adaptations of their work.

"Things have changed in the last 10 or 20 years. There used to be a point where novelists who had written a book would be quite dismissive about cinema, wouldn't care, you know, sold the rights, get as much as you can, you know, basically considered it an inferior art form," Mr Daldry said here.

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