A MODERN adaptation of a classic psychological thriller had us enthralled over the festive period.

Black Narcissus portrayed the seething sexual repression of St Faiths Anglican nuns in the Himalayas.

A 1947 Hollywood film earned critical acclaim and the new cinema methods earned Jack Cardiff an Oscar and Golden Globe award.

This year, Bafta award-winning screenwriter Amanda Coe brought the tale back to life with actors Gemma Arterton, Diana Rigg, Aisling Franciosi and Jim Broadbent appearing on our screens.

But the storyline itself has its roots in a novel by Sussex-born writer Rumer Godden.

Born Margaret Rumer Godden in Eastbourne in 1907, she went on to live with her sisters in India.

She returned to Eastbourne to attend Moira House Girls School when she was aged 13.

The school in Upper Carlisle Road was a renowned independent school in the town, and has since merged with Roedean school. It’s now closed.

The rest of the story can be accessed on The Argus website today.