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Mother’s Milk heads to MipTV

BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Gerald Fox is taking his first feature-length drama production, Mother’s Milk, to MipTV.

The single drama is an adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn’s worldwide bestselling novel of the same name, which was nominated for a Booker Prize and won a South Bank Show Award and France’s Prix Femina award.

Mother’s Milk was adapted for the screen by Fox and St. Aubyn. It was produced by Foxy Films and was released theatrically in the UK [click here for Screen’s review]. Executive produced by Melvyn Bragg and David Nicholas Wilkinson, it was developed in conjunction with the UK Film Council.

The drama stars Jack Davenport (Smash, Pirates of the Caribbean) in the lead role and Diana Quick (Brideshead Revisited) as his mother-in-law.

It portrays an English family as they come to terms with the imminent loss of their beloved family home in Provence.

Ahead of MipTV in Cannes next week, Fox said: “With its mix of internationally known faces, compelling performances and exceptional story-telling, I think Mother’s Milk will appeal to a wide range of broadcasters from around the world.”

Fox has previously produced, directed and wrote several arts documentaries and series such as the BAFTA and RTS Award-winning The Fundamental Gilbert and George and the 2005 feature-length documentary about seminal American photographer Robert Frank. The film won the RTS Best Arts Film Award and The Grierson Award for Best Documentary in the Arts.

Although this is Fox’s first drama feature, he has produced more than 40 arts films for UK broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Bravo. He also wrote, produced and directed the series adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s novel Johnny and the Dead for ITV, which was sold to more than 40 countries around the world.

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