Behrouz Boochani’s incendiary book to be adapted into film

February 23, 2020
No Friend But The Mountains, by the Kurdish Iranian journalist, author and poet who fled Iran in 2012 after the newspaper he co-founded was raided by the Iranian government, was famously typed out on a contraband phone on the Australian-run offshore processing camp on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.

Mountains is a defining tale for our time: not just of Australia, but how the world deals with refugees. Funny at times, it’s overwhelmingly a story of triumph over despair,” said producer Antony Waddington of Aurora Films, which will work with Sweetshop & Green and Hoodlum Entertainment to produce the film.

The film adaptation was initiated by Waddington (The Eye of the Storm, Brabham) and writer/producer Akos Armont (Brabham), with production slated for 2021.

“This is an incredible story about courage, the power of one man’s resistance and of the written word to give us hope. Hoodlum are proud to partner with Aurora Films and Sweetshop & Green and look forward to bringing each of our strengths in to bear in realising this extraordinary story for the screen,” said Nathan Mayfield, Executive Producer and Co-Founder, Hoodlum Entertainment.

No Friend But The Mountains is an international bestseller, sold in 19 countries. It won Australia’s richest literary prize, the Victorian Prize for Literature, as well as the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Non-fiction, the Special Award in the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) for General non-fiction book of the year and the Australian National Biography Award. Boochani famously accepted the Victorian Prize for Literature via phone link while he remained detained on Manus Island.

 

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