One of the production companies behind the Oscar-nominated film Lion has acquired the rights to turn Australian comedian Matt Okine’s debut novel into a movie.
Sydney-based Aquarius Films will bring Okine’s book about grief and growing up to the big screen, in partnership with Jude Troy’s production company Wooden Horse. Being Black ‘N Chicken, & Chips, published in September, is based on Okine’s experience coming to grips with his mother’s death and being a teenager trying to fit in while his life was falling apart.
Aquarius Films’ principal producers Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford said they are “big fans” of Okine’s work, which includes playing a lead role in Stan comedy series The Other Guy. (Stan is owned by Nine, the publisher of this website.) About his novel, Fielder said, “It’s a really moving but also hilariously funny experience of being a teenager but also dealing with his mother dying.”
“It’s got all the great makings of a family film – a coming-of-age, rite-of-passage story that will appeal to teenagers and also parents.”