Magazine article Screen International

Film4 Slate Includes Zadie Smith Refugee Drama

Magazine article Screen International

Film4 Slate Includes Zadie Smith Refugee Drama

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Described as "half-adaptation, half original story", the film has been written by husband and wife writer duo Smith and Nick Laird and is inspired by Smith's 2013 novella The Embassy Of Cambodia, charting a Gambian woman's boat journey to the UK via Libya and Italy.

Film4 is keen to move the project into production soon so it could vault the long-gestating adaptation of Smith's novel On Beauty.

The untitled project is one of a series of upcoming titles from Film4, the movie division of UK broadcaster Channel 4, which has six features at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) including the world premiere of Ben Wheatley's JG Ballard adaptation, High-Rise.

In an exclusive interview with Screen, Film4 director David Kosse, head of commercial and brand strategy Sue Bruce-Smith and head of development Rose Garnett discussed the upcoming slate as well as the company's direction.

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