Goldfinch Family Films is working with new screenwriter Toby Torlesse in order to develop and produce a slate of family film genre commercial projects – the first of which is based upon the novel written by Michael Murpurgo entitled Waiting for Anya.
It is World War II and a young shepherd named Jo stumbles on a dangerous secret: Jewish children are being smuggled out of Nazi-occupied France to the safety of Spain. When German soldiers move into town, things become much more difficult. Jo, his grandfather Henri and accomplices, Benjamin and the Widow Horcada, devise a plan to get the children across the border. The plan requires the whole town to help the children escape and relies on the German soldiers not noticing what is happening. But if they are caught, their lives will not be worth living.
The film is in pre-production with a number of prominent cast members having been approached and who have expressed great interest in participating.
Goldfinch Family Films will also identify other suitable projects which sit comfortably within the ‘Family Film’ genre with an ambition to look to the development of young screenwriters and giving them an opportunity to showcase their screenwriting abilities.