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One Day adaptation 'is far from formulaic'

16th August 2011

The film adaptation of David Nicholls' acclaimed novel One Day, which hits UK cinemas this month, is far from a formulaic romantic drama, according to director Lone Scherfig.

Nicholls himself has adapted his 2009 bestseller for the big screen and Scherfig told the Daily Telegraph the new film retains the author's vision, while avoiding falling into the trap of playing for laughs and tears.

Scherfig, whose previous big screen success was an adaptation of Lynn Barber's 2009 autobiography An Education, said she had never even read One Day until she was presented with the screenplay, but 'couldn't put down' the book once she started reading it.

She also resisted the temptation to relocate the film to the US for commercial reasons, claiming the story needed to remain in Britain to maintain Nicholls' vision.

'I really admire British dramatic traditions, your actors, architecture, language and some of your painters. It is seductive, attractive - something you want to put under the microscope,' the director added.

Early screenings of the production have garnered significant critical acclaim and Scherfig said her one hope is that the finished film stays true to the novel on which it is based.

One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, is released in the UK on August 24th.

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