EXCLUSIVE: Producers Andrew Bendel and Alistair Maclean-Clark of Blue Horizon Productions have optioned the memoir Sea Dragons, Yvonne Foley’s story of how she believed she had been deserted in Liverpool by her Chinese language father as a toddler solely to seek out out a few years later that he and different sailors had been deported.
Foley solely found later in life that her pure father, who was a sailor from Shanghai, had been blacklisted for demanding equality of therapy with British sailors and was prevented from coming again to the UK.
The story was first advised in BBC on-line journal article Searching for my Shanghai Father, and an exhibition in regards to the Chinese language sailors, Dragons of the Pool, was organized by Yvonne and Charles Foley and held in a Liverpool gallery.
Liverpool-based playwright and rising screenwriter Lizzie Nunnery is penning the screenplay. Her works have been shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and he or she received Finest New Play within the UK Theatre Awards for Narvik in 2017.
The pic is a co-production with Taiwan is Ma Studios (Amy Ma) and Firefly Movies in New Zealand (Emma Slade and Victoria Dabbs). Improvement has been supported by the BFI Movie Fund and it additionally participated within the Sino/European workshop Bridging the Dragon in Beijing. Late stage growth finance was subsequently raised from Taiwanese industrial agency, Kingston Expertise, and the New Zealand Movie Fee.