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Gannon’s ‘The Mothers’ sold to US, optioned for TV

Jeanne Ryckmans from Cameron’s Management has sold North American rights to journalist Genevieve Gannon’s novel The Mothers (A&U) to William Morrow.

The novel has also been optioned for television by producers Rosemary Blight and Kylie du Fresne of Goalpost Television, a division of Goalpost Pictures, an independent Australian production company whose credits include the films The Sapphires and Top End Wedding, television series Cleverman and the upcoming feature film I Am Woman.

Published in January 2020, The Mothers is inspired by a real-life case of an IVF laboratory mix-up, and follows ‘the dilemma of two couples, one baby and an unimaginable choice’.

In a joint statement, Blight and du Fresne said: ‘The impossible dilemma the couples face is so rich with ethical, personal and legal tangles and is truly a contemporary story that needs to be told. We are always looking to give a platform to stories with great talent behind them, complex female protagonists, and a social heartbeat, wrapped up in entertaining drama—all of which we saw in The Mothers.

Gannon said: ‘I had the pleasure of meeting some of the Goalpost team while researching a feature story on their beautiful film Top End Wedding, and was so thrilled when I learned they wanted to make The Mothers into a television series. I know that they will be able to tell this story in a compelling and sensitive way, and I cannot wait to be a part of bringing their vision to audiences.’


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