Polly Stenham has already caused quite a stir in the London theatre world. Her debut, That Face, which has just finished a second run in the West End, was hailed as the most exciting in years. A searing portrait of a middle-class family in crisis, its energy, humour and raw emotion had critics comparing her to Edward Albee and Tennessee Williams. And this for a writer who is just 21. The film world is now knocking at her door. Under the mentorship of Pawel Pawlikowski, she is working on a film version of the play for the UKFC, while for Film4 and Ruby Films she is adapting the anonymously written novel Sabine. 'That Face grabbed me in the first scene and proved what an exciting voice Polly is,' says UKFC Development Fund head Tanya Seghatchian. 'We're giving her space to develop that voice.'

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