WestEnd Films has acquired worldwide sales rights to politically charged project “Gareth Jones
,” the next film from twice-Oscar-nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland
, whose latest movie “Spoor” is in competition at the Berlin Film Festival.
” tells the real-life story of the eponymous Welsh journalist who exposed the Holodomor, Stalin’s 1933 genocide-famine in Ukraine. Research suggests that the reporter was murdered with the help of Soviet agents the day before he turned 30. His reporting of the famine was said to have inspired George Orwell
to write “Animal Farm
Scriptwriter Andrea Serdaru-Barbul first approached Holland, who is the daughter of journalists, with her script two years ago. “Since then the story has become even more relevant,” Holland told Variety. “The situation around us has change, and you can find some similarities with the 1930s.”
Holland says she receives many scripts with political themes, but this one stood out. “I am always interested in politically charged subjects,