The Breadwinner


The Breadwinner director Nora Twomey announced as latest keynote speaker at VIEW Conference 2018.


Nora Twomey

Nora Twomey is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated director and is the latest keynote speaker to be announced for the VIEW Conference 2018 in Turin, coming up for 22-26 October.


Recently, Nora Twomey directed The Breadwinner, based on Deborah Ellis’s acclaimed YA novel about a young girl growing up in Afghanistan. The film was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe this year, and the production also won the Audience and Jury Awards at Annecy 2018.

Twomey will discuss the team’s approach to adapting the Ellis novel for the screen, the challenges and advantages of making an animated film with challenging subject matter.  Along the way, she will show how the film includes the long history of the strong people from the region and their deep culture of arts.  The result is such a colorful and rich tapestry for the screen.  There are two mirrored animation styles in The Breadwinner.  One is the dusty, brown reality of Afghanistan, the other is the very vibrant, fantastical world in the young hero’s dreams, designed in the cut-paper animation style.

“The story doesn’t talk down to young adults; I wanted to give a sense of the chaos of life when you live in a place where there is so much conflict,” says Nora. “This is a film that finds hope, but is respectful for the complicated situation that exists in places, like Afghanistan.”

Twomey directed award-winning short films such as From Darkness before going on to co-directing Academy Award-nominated The Secret of Kells with Tomm Moore.

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She was the creative producer on the Netflix pre-school series Puffin Rock and Head of Story on Academy Award-nominated Song of the Sea.  Twomey is Partner & Creative Director with Cartoon Saloon and has been part of the company since it set up in Kilkenny in 1999.

The VIEW Conference 2018 is the premier international event in Italy on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 2D/3D Animation, VR and AR, Gaming and VFX.

Tickets are available online at VIEW CONFERENCE


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