A Son's 25-Year Search For His Mother Will Be The King's Speech Producers' Next Project
I can remember being separated from my parents at a theme park when I was younger, and even though we inevitably found each other, it felt like it took ages for it to happen. In reality, it was probably less than an hour. So I can’t even imagine looking for a parent for 25 years.
This is the story behind Indian-born Saroo Brierley’s upcoming biography to be published by Penguin Group, which Deadline reports will soon become a film from Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, the producers of 2010 Best Picture winner The King’s Speech. No one has yet filled in the roles of director or screenwriter.
Brierley’s life began in Khandwa, India, and at the age of 5 was adopted by a family from Hobart, Tasmania, where he still lives. He spent the next 25 years searching for his mother Fatima Munshi, using memories of his hometown and later even Google Earth. He ended up finding her in June of 2012, and when all of the harsh, tragic details of Munshi’s life and her children’s fates came out, Brierley was inspired to pen his autobiography.
Sherman and Canning and their respective production companies are no strangers to the documentary process. See-Saw’s latest project is Tracks, adapted from Robyn Davidson’s book of the same name that details her camel-back trek across the Outback, and Sunstar is getting ready to shoot True Spirit, about 16-year-old Jessica Watson’s record breaking journey as the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world. As inspirational as these films sound, my money is on Brierley’s tale having the biggest emotional impact.
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