- 01 Jun 18
Back with another stunning, Oscar-nominated affort in The Breadwinner, Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey explains why the film’s powerful story – about an 11-year-old girl trying to survive in Afghanistan – was best told through animation. Interview Roe McDermott
Nora Twomey can now call herself an Oscars regular. The animator, director and co-founder of Cartoon Saloon has now been three times, with The Secret Of Kells, Song Of The Sea and now The Breadwinner.
The stunning feature tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl in Afghanistan who must disguise herself as a boy to help her family. Nominated for Best Animated Film at this year’s Academy Awards, the film is rightfully scooping up praise left, right and centre for its incredible artistry.
But was making an animated film about Afghanistan a hard sell, when we more commonly associate animation with cheerful kids’ films?