Thu, 29 Oct 2020 05:22:04 +0000
Steve McQueen to produce film of Jamaican novel
BRITISH filmmaker and video artist Steve McQueen will executive-produce a film adaptation of Augustown, the acclaimed 2016 novel by Jamaican writer Kei Miller.
The film is being adapted by production companies Potboiler Productions and Rathaus Films.
A Jamaican-born poet, novelist, essayist and blogger, Miller is a well-known figure in the Caribbean community and a familiar face at TT's NGC Bocas Lit Fest and Carnival celebrations. He won the 2014 OCM Bocas non-fiction Prize and the novel Augustown is the fiction winner of the 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for fiction. The Cartographer Tries to Map A Way to Zion won him the 2014 Forward Prize for the best poetry collection and was shortlisted in a Costa Book Award.
The Screendaily.com website reported exclusively that the film will be directed by Antiguan director Shabier Kirchner, who filmed McQueen’s Small Axe, a new anthology series of five films set in London’s West Indian community in the 1960s through the 1980s and starring John Boyega, Letitia Wright and Micheal Ward, among many others.
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