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Sony Pictures Classics nabs ‘Brick’

Gavron directing adaptation of Ali book

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired rights in North and South America to “Brick Lane,” the film adaptation of the 2003 novel.

Written by Monica Ali, the book centers on a Bangladeshi family living in the U.K., exploring the British immigrant experience. It was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and Ali was named by Granta magazine as one of 20 young British novelists of that year.

The film is being helmed by Sarah Gavron and scripted by Abi Morgan and Laura Jones. It stars Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson, Zafreen and Harvey Virdi (“Bend It Like Beckham”).

Gavron’s first film, the telepic “This Little Life,” took home several awards. Gavron was also selected as one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch at the 2004 edition of Sundance.

“Brick Lane” is a Ruby Films Production produced by Alison Owen and Christopher Collins and presented by Film4 Four, Ingenious and the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund.

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