Oscar nominated director Nora Twomey has admitted she almost had second thoughts about joining forces with Angelina Jolie to make The Breadwinner.
The feature length animation based on a best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis has catapulted Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon into the international spotlight.
But founder and company director Nora says she was a bag of nerves before her first meeting with Hollywood A lister Jolie before she came on board as producer.
She revealed: “The idea of it is like when you don’t know them and what they actually turn out to be like when you meet them.
“I had a lot of those thoughts on the plane ride going over to meet her the first time thinking about what was going to happen to the film.
“Whether it was going to be something that we could continue to control or what was going to be the situation. But you know once you get beyond the flashing lights…”
The Breadwinner tells the story of young Afghan girl Parvana who disguises herself as a boy to protect her family after her father is taken by the Taliban.
When Jolie first read the script she said: “I wanted to work with Nora and the book was special to my children so I already knew the story.”
The Breadwinner goes on general release in cinemas here on May 25 and is the third Cartoon Saloon film to be Oscar nominated along with The Book of Kells and Song of the Sea.
Nora tells John Kelly on RTE’s The Works Presents that the partnership with Angelina Jolie gave the project a phenomenal level of exposure.
She said: “Our film was made for less than ten million dollars. We had a tiny publicity budget with it.
“When you see the light that somebody like Angelina Jolie can shine on a film like The Breadwinner it’s incredibly powerful.
“She’s had an interest in Afghanistan going back decades and she set up a girls’ school there. That is very aligned with what we were doing with this film.
“She became a mentor in the whole process. I think there’s a wisdom there that comes from somebody who actually does care and who does think quite deeply.”
Source: Celebrity News Ireland