The boy in the oak

Jessica Albarn, illustrator and author of children’s book The Boy In The Oak, is adapting her novel into a short film narrated by Jude Law with a soundtrack by brother Damon Albarn.

A still from The Boy in the Oak
A still from The Boy in the Oak

Artwork from Albarn’s book will be shown in an exhibition on 18 January at Foyles Gallery on London’s Charing Cross Road, W1, and the film is expected to launch in Spring 2011.

The book itself, which is now published through Simply Read Books, uses opaque layers of acetate bound alongside illustrated pages.

Boy asleep by Jessica Albarn
Boy asleep by Jessica Albarn

Rooted in fairytale, the story is a young boy’s journey of discovery after happening across an enchanted oak tree.

Balancing Bee by Jessica Albarn
Balancing Bee by Jessica Albarn

The film will see illustration, animation and live action brought together and has been directed by Luke Losey – best known for directing Orbital’s The Box video.

Jessica Albarn
Jessica Albarn

The Boy In The Oak runs from18 January at Foyles Gallery on Charing Cross Road, London W1.

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  • carole jahme November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    looks fab! can’t wait to see it.

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