Sunday, December 02, 2007

Penni Russon's "Undine," the movie

Now showing at My Book, The Movie: Penni Russon's Undine trilogy, a series of magical books set in Hobart’s streets and the surrounding bush and seascapes.

Her entry opens:
When I first imagined Undine as a movie (which was as I was writing the book!) I pictured it as a live action, but my four year old has recently fallen deeply in love with anime – films like My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Whisper of the Heart. When I started watching these with Frederique I definitely thought that it would be a great way to make Undine into a film. The dialogue in Totoro is some of the best I've ever heard in a film, the spirit of childhood is so perfectly captured. I think the Tasmanian landscape would be inspirational to a film-maker and Tasmania and Japan have a special relationship, maybe because we both know what it's like to see your country as fractured into islands – an image of Australia that 'mainlanders' don't share.

So without further ado, here's the cast list, bearing in mind that because its animation, age doesn't matter so much! [read on]
Tasmania-born Penni Russon's Undine trilogy is published by Random House in Australia and Greenwillow in the US.

Learn more about the author and her novels at Russon's website and her blog, Eglantine's Cake.

The Page 69 Test: Penni Russon's Breathe.

My Book, The Movie: Undine.

--Marshal Zeringue