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the wonder screenplay

Shot in Dublin and Wicklow, The Wonder is directed by Sebastián Lelio with a script by Emma Donoghue, Sebastián Lelio and Alice Birch adapted from Donoghue’s 2016 novel of the same name about the strange phenomenon of ‘fasting girls’. It stars Florence Pugh as Lib Wright, an English nurse sent to rural Ireland in 1862 to surveill eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell (Kila Lord Cassidy) who is said to be living without food. The exceptional cast also includes Tom Burke, Niamh Algar, Elaine Cassidy, Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds, Dermot Crowley and Brían F. O'Byrne. The Wonder is produced by Element Pictures (who made Room) and House Productions for Netflix. It will be premiered at festivals in September 2022 including Toronto and San Sebastián.


A blog about the real 'fasting girls' cases I drew on for the novel and the film https://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/literary/emma-donoghue-on-the-wonder