EXCLUSIVE: Fairness and A Name to Spy author, producer, and star Sarah Megan Thomas has signed on to direct Audrey’s Kids, a biographical drama about healthcare hero Dr. Audrey Evans.
Julia Fisher Farbman, whose interview profile of Dr. Evans amassed 17M views, wrote the script. Casting for Dr. Evans will start quickly, we’re instructed. Manufacturing will start in Philadelphia in October. Fisher Farbman and Thomas will produce.
Evans revolutionized therapy for Neuroblastoma, a lethal type of pediatric nerve most cancers, and co-founded Ronald McDonald Home Charities, a corporation that gives housing and assist to hundreds of thousands of households all over the world.
In 1970, when 90% of kids with Neuroblastoma die, the highest U.S. kids’s hospital recruits Dr. Evans – an excellent, but unconventional British oncologist who sports activities floral clothes as an alternative of medical garb, sneaks lab animals into hospital rooms, and even talks to her sufferers about heaven. When Dr. Evans discovers a doubtlessly groundbreaking therapy and desires to check it on dire sufferers, she clashes with bureaucratic hospital guidelines that require extra information.
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Thomas’ Fairness from Sony Footage Classics made its premiere at Sundance in 2016. Her newest function, A Name to Spy, is the primary on three woman spies in Churchill’s “Secret Military,” together with Virginia Corridor (performed by Thomas). The pic, which was launched final yr, received the Anti-Defamation League’s “Stand Up Award,” in addition to a number of Viewers Alternative awards.
Fisher Farbman, a Co-Producer on A Name to Spy, co-created, hosted and govt produced Fashionable Hero (seen on Amazon) an award-winning sequence that options feminine position fashions, together with former First Girl, Michelle Obama. Fisher Farbman has interviewed the likes of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. She not too long ago produced the ABC/U.N. Ladies Particular: Have a good time Equality: The Way forward for Ladies’s Rights.
Stated Thomas, “Julia has written a thought-provoking, emotional, and well timed screenplay. It’s an honor to be working along with her on this character-driven drama that highlights the obstacles we should overcome within the medical subject when time shouldn’t be on our aspect. On a private observe, whereas not most cancers, each of my kids have skilled life-threatening situations. Throughout my daughter’s prolonged hospital keep, my household even benefited from staying at a Ronald McDonald Home, the group Audrey Co-Based. I intimately perceive how essential it’s to carry humanity and humor to life’s darkest moments.”
Added Fisher Farbman, “Sarah is presented at telling entertaining and galvanizing tales of unsung feminine heroes, who’re related to the world we reside in now. Unbelievable ladies like Audrey, who regardless of excessive adversity, modified the lives of hundreds of thousands. Sharing Audrey’s story is the respect of a lifetime, and I can’t think about a extra passionate, gifted filmmaker than Sarah to direct this movie.”
Provides Dr. Evans, “In the event you learn the script, it makes you are feeling one thing. It’s a movie with a mission, and that mission is hope.”
Susan Campbell, CEO of Ronald McDonald Home Charities of the Philadelphia Area (the primary location on the planet) exclaimed, “We see the affect of Dr. Evans each single day on the dad and mom and kids who can give attention to therapy as an alternative of worrying about the place they’ll sleep. Audrey’s story is a celebration of a healthcare hero that all of us want proper now.”
Thomas is repped by Nelson Davis, Leigh Brillstein Administration and Bresler Kelly. Fisher Farbman is repped by 3B Legislation.