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The history of And When Did You Last See Your Father?, and the risks and advantages of making movies out of real-life stories.

Several films in this year's EIFF programme are drawn from highly personal stories: among them Michael Winterbottom's A Mighty Heart, based on Mariane Pearl's book; Anton Corbijn's Control, from Debbie Curtis's memoir of her husband Ian Curtis; The Counterfeiters, from Adolf Burger's autobiographical account; The Home Song Stories, partly founded in writer/director Tony Ayres's childhood memories; and And When Did You Last See Your Father?, adapted by David Nicholls from Blake Morrison's famed memoir. Nicholls (whose previous film Starter for Ten had its roots in his own university experiences) and Morrison join us to discuss the process of transforming highly personal material into big-screen entertainment. HM

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