Broomfield pic has British preem at London Film Festival

LONDON — Tartan Films has picked up U.K. rights to Nick Broomfield’s “Ghosts,” which had its British premiere Wednesday at the London Film Festival.

“Ghosts,” starring Ai Qin Lin, is Broomfield’s first dramatic feature in 17 years. It was inspired by the drowning of 21 Chinese workers while gathering shellfish on a British beach in 2004.

Broomfield draws on his skills as a documentary maker to reconstruct the journey of a Chinese woman from poverty in her homeland through various low-skilled jobs in the U.K. food industry.

Tartan managing director Laura De Casto said, “Ghosts” is a stunningly poignant and tragic tale that deserves to be seen by a wide audience.”

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