Magazine article Screen International

Monumental, BBC Films Team on James Rhodes Biopic

Magazine article Screen International

Monumental, BBC Films Team on James Rhodes Biopic

Article excerpt

Alison Owen and Debra Hayward's Monumental Pictures are teaming with BBC Films to develop a feature adaptation of British pianist James Rhodes' memoir Instrumental.

The feature will be based on the acclaimed concert pianist Rhodes' memoir in which he reveals how music saved his life after he suffered sexual abuse as a pupil at his all-boys junior school.

Rhodes suffered mentally as well as physically, including spinal damage, eating disorders and PTSD, while his abuser died before he could appear in court.

Monumental, which is understood to have won out ahead of US and UK companies in a bidding war for rights, has yet to attach a screenwriter to the project.

The memoir, published by Canongate Books, was temporarily banned due to an injunction which prevented its release. The UK Supreme Court lifted this in May 2015. …

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