Sarah Smith Screen on Planes, Trains and Automobiles

After explaining some of the challenges of directing her animated feature debut, Arthur Christmas, Sarah Smith introduces a film that had a major impact on her work - John Hughes’ Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987).

Smith praises the ‘deceptively simple’ plot, the hectic action sequences, the comic chemistry of the film’s double act and Hughes’ skill at making the audience re-evaluate their initial opinions of his flawed characters, qualities she aspired to bring to her own feature.

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