Film rights to Mostafa’s ‘Offshore’ optioned
Filmmaker Partho Sen-Gupta has optioned the film rights to Joshua Mostafa’s novella Offshore (Seizure).
Mostafa was joint winner of Seizure’s seventh annual Viva La Novella competition, with Carly Cappielli for Listurbia. Offshore, which is set in a very near future Sydney, follows an academic who pays people smugglers to help him escape overseas when the city begins to collapse into chaos.
Sen-Gupta said: ‘I want to continue to tell important Australian stories and I found Joshua Mostafa’s powerful award-winning Offshore the perfect option. A Sydney-set, dark and chilling cli-fi thriller, in a not too distant future that is absolutely plausible given the way things are going.’
Sen-Gupta’s third and most recent film Slam had its theatrical release this month, following its Australian premiere at the Sydney Film Festival earlier this year.