Last night’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (the AACTA awards for those short of breath) had a particularly bookish feel.
The Babadook, the acclaimed thriller about a mother and son haunted by a mysterious storybook, shared Best Film honours with Russell Crowe’s directorial debut The Water Diviner, which was recently adapted into a novel by screenwriter Andrew Anastasios.
Sarah Snook was awarded Best Lead Actress for her role in Predestination, an adaptation of a Robert A. Heinlein short story, while The Railway Man, based on Eric Lomax’s acclaimed memoir, won for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Which just goes to show, behind every great movie is usually an even better book.
For trivia lovers, Booktopia’s Book Guru John Purcell has a special connection with The Babadook. His younger brother Tim actually played the Babadook in the film, the terrifying six-foot-seven monster. John is only six-foot-six. He’s quite sensitive about it.
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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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