Luca Guadagnino’s film adaptation of André Aciman’s 2007 coming-out and coming-of-age novel Call Me by Your Name is one of the most talked-about films of the year. The movie and the book have both become instant classics for their sensuous rendering of a young man’s sexual awakening during a summer in Italy. André talks to SBS’s Anton Enus how the book came to life and what it’s like to see your work adapted for the big screen.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

André Aciman (International)

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André Aciman is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY and the director of The Writers’ Institute. He is the author of Call Me by Your Name, Out of Egypt: A Memoir, False Papers, Alibis, Eight White Nights, Harvard Square, and Enigma Variations. He is the co-author and editor of Letters of Transit and of The Proust Project. André is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a fellowship from The New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He has written for publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books and several volumes of Best American Essays. He is currently working on a novel and a collection of essays.

Anton Enus (Australian)

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Anton Enus is a broadcast journalist with more than 25 years’ experience, and has been presenting SBS World News bulletins since 1999. He began his career at the South African national broadcaster SABC as a radio news reporter. He moved on to become a parliamentary reporter, current affairs producer, TV news reporter and TV presenter, often anchoring the morning news show Good Morning South Africa.

Anton was part of the team that covered South Africa’s historic return to democracy in 1994 and also filed stories from Rwanda, Burundi, Zaire, Uganda, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. He spent seven years as a correspondent for CNN World Report, a global news program, where he won Best International Report for his story marking the 25th anniversary of Chris Barnard's pioneering heart transplant. He also won the SABC Bokmakierie Award for radio current affairs. Before leaving South Africa, Anton presented the major evening national news bulletin. After travelling overland through south-eastern Africa and backpacking across India, Anton arrived in Sydney. In addition to reading the 6.30pm SBS World News bulletin, Anton hosts special SBS news events such as federal election specials, and has hosted the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism several times.