Magazine article Screen International

Stephen Daldry, Working Title Team on Syrian Olympic Swimmer Story

Magazine article Screen International

Stephen Daldry, Working Title Team on Syrian Olympic Swimmer Story

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Stephen Daldry will direct the story of Syrian Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini for Working Title.

Working Title's co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce the project alongside trade journalist-turned-producer Ali Jaafar (The Idol). Mardini will serve as a consultant.

Mardini fled Syria in 2015 with her sister as they looked to escape the war-ravaged country. When their dinghy travelling between Turkey and Greece capsized, the two helped swim the boat and its occupants to safety.

After settling in Berlin, Mardini met a swimming coach who took her under his wing. When the International Olympic Committee launched a Team Refugee to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she competed at the event, winning her heat.

Mardini has since become an ambassador for refugees and has met world leaders including Barack Obama and the Pope.

Daldry previously directed Billy Elliot and Trash for Working Title. …

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