News.com.au January 30, 2007 By Erin McWhirter
A SHORT film adaptation of Paul McDermott's book The Girl Who Swallowed Bees will screen at the Berlin International Film Festival next month.
Starring Pia Miranda and narrated by Hugo Weaving, the film is about a young girl consumed by bitterness who decides to take drastic measures to put an end to her continual suffering.
After running through a number of darkly humorous options for her demise she settles on the terribly romantic "death by swallowing bees".
McDermott, of Good News Week and Strictly Dancing fame, doubles as writer and director of the live action hybrid animation short film, which will screen in the festival's new short film section.
Australia has a strong presence at the 57th annual film festival, held from February 8 to 18, with three local features and three short films screening across four sections of the festival."