SISTER has optioned the rights to adapt BAFTA and Emmy Award winning screenwriter and longtime collaborator Abi Morgan’s (The Split, Suffragette, The Iron Lady) This is Not a Pity Memoir. Morgan will not only adapt her book for screen, but is confirmed to direct and executive produce, with SISTER Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Jane Featherstone (Chernobyl, Landscapers, This is Going to Hurt).
Since launching, Abi Morgan’s memoir has made The Sunday Times bestseller list and received international acclaim, with the likes of Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan describing it as ‘Breath-taking…by turns harrowing, cracking sharp and heart-breaking’ and ‘Arrestingly honest’ respectively.
Poignant and heart-breaking but resolutely unwilling to rely on sentimentality, the memoir follows Morgan’s family life after a tragic change in her family circumstance.
One morning in June, Abi had her to-do list - drop the kids to school, get coffee and go to work. Jacob had a bad headache, so she added 'pick up steroids'. She returned home and found the man she loved and fought and laughed with for twenty years lying on the bathroom floor. And nothing would ever be the same again. An ordinary day. The end of ordinary life.
But This is Not a Pity Memoir…this is a story about meeting your person. It’s about the things you wished you’d said to the person you love. It’s about the silence of being lost in space and the importance of family, and parties, and noise. It’s about not knowing and not being known. It’s the difference between living and surviving.
Profoundly powerful and perceptive, Morgan writes about love, grief and the eternal promise of hope. It’s a reminder that, even in the worst times, there is light ahead.
Abi Morgan says “Working with Jane and SISTER over the last few tumultuous years, they have been my running partners, given a unique birds eye view on the unfolding drama. As producers of some of the best film and television out there, there is no one else I would trust to help bring the deeply personal This is Not a Pity Memoir to the screen.”
SISTER Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Jane Featherstone said “Abi has such an extraordinary gift for words, so while it should be absolutely no surprise that her memoir is such a beautiful and powerful book, it still stunned me. We’ve worked together for many years but her incredible strength in these last few, very challenging ones, has been deeply inspirational. I feel truly privileged to be able to work with her to bring this very personal story to the screen.”
Created and written by Abi Morgan, This is Not a Pity Memoir will be produced by SISTER and co-produced with Little Chick Ltd. Executive Producers are Jane Featherstone and Abi Morgan. This is Not a Pity Memoir is published in the UK by John Murray and in the US by Sugar 24, an imprint of HarperCollins. Global rights are handled by 42.
ABI MORGAN is a BAFTA and Emmy-award winning playwright and screenwriter whose credits include The Iron Lady, Suffragette, Sex Traffic, The Hour, Brick Lane and Shame. She is the creator and writer of BBC drama, The Split.
SISTER was co-founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone to develop, produce and invest in visionary creators. SISTER builds upon Featherstone’s Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning scripted indie, Sister Pictures, an independent, modern studio with offices in London and LA. It unites the expertise of the founders alongside a team of renowned creatives to make breakout stories across all forms of media. As well as producing hit shows including Chernobyl (Sky/HBO), Landscapers (SKY/ HBO), This is Going to Hurt (BBC One/AMC) and Gangs of London (SKY/ AMC) SISTER has made a series of bold investments in new creator-led businesses including Zando, an ambitious new publishing venture from Molly Stern, Campside Media, a podcast studio, AWA Studios, a comic book and digital media publisher, award-winning documentary production company Dorothy Street Pictures, and a partnership with iconic London music venue KOKO. To learn more about SISTER and it’s work, visit www.sister.net