The UK/Australia co-production is written by Rona Munro, who also wrote Ken Loach's 1994 Ladybird, Ladybird. The script was finished in April and Bray is meeting with potential Australian partners here in Cannes.
'It's an Erin Brockovich-type story,' Bray says. 'It's about a real miscarriage of justice.' The story is based on Nottinghamshire social worker Margaret Humphrey, who championed the cause of poverty-striken UK children who were misleadingly told they were orphans and shipped from the UK to Australia in the 1940s and 1950s.
'The story is really about adults, about Margaret's search for the these people and trying to reunite families in the 1980s,' Bray says. 'It's a very harrowing story but it's through the eyes of this strong, heroic, feisty woman. She pulls together these damaged people and builds a community, they become like a strong family unit.'
Bray hopes to shoot mostly in Australia starting in March 2009. The budget is around $5m.
Humphrey is consulting on the production.
Meanwhile, Bray's first project as a lead producer, Kenny Glenaan's Summer starring Robert Carlyle, has its market premiere in Cannes with The Works International handling UK sales. Another market screening is scheduled for Tuesday (Vertigo already has UK rights.) Summer will have its festival premiere during the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June.
Meanwhile, one of Summer's stars Steve Evets has taken the lead in Ken Loach's new football film Looking For Eric, being sold by Wild Bunch.