Jan Nathansonof straight edge films and Andrew Boutilier of SubmissionFilms have teamed to acquire the rights to produce a feature based on the lifeand times of Canadian rock icon Carole Pope.

Based on Pope's 2001autobiography Anti-Diva, the filmexplores the outrageous life of the openly lesbian Canadian singer and hercareer in the band Rough Trade which she formed with partner Kevan Staples. The film will also delve into the music andart scene in the Queen St Westdistrict of Toronto from the mid-70s and mid-80s, and will cover Pope'stumultuous relationship with UK star Dusty Springfield and the loss of her brotherHoward to AIDS.

"I'm looking forward toseeing my life depicted in all its sordid visual splendour," said Pope.

Pope is best known for hersexually explicit anthem High School Confidential as well as the score for William Friedkin'sCruising.

"I was in junior highwhen High School Confidential wentplatinum in Canada," said Nathanson yesterday. "Carole Popescared the hell out of me because,even at 13, I felt the visceralsexuality of her lyrics."

The deal was negotiated byPerry Zimel of OAZ (Oscars, Abrams,Zimel and Assoc.), with Nathansonand Boutilier.