Juno Films has picked up worldwide rights excluding Australia and New Zealand to Fantasia documentary Morgana.
Josie Hess and Isabel Peppard directed the film about the eponymous woman who, after 20 years as a dutiful housewife in a loveless marriage, books a male escort for one last hurrah before ending it all.
Her final night takes an unexpected turn when her relationship with the escort opens up a new world of personal and sexual freedom.
Instead of killing herself, Morgana makes an award-winning porn film about their date, moves from suburban Australia to Berlin, and becomes a celebrated feminist porn director and star.
The 71-minute documentary filmed over five years and received its world premiere in its home country at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
The deal was negotiated between Juno CEO and co-founder Elizabeth Sheldon and producer Karina Astrup, on behalf of the filmmakers.
Release plans will be announced at a later date.
“Morgana is the rare portrait of a middle-aged woman confronting and rejecting expectations (of heteronormativity) through sex and art,” said Sheldon. “Filmmakers Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess capture Morgana’s metamorphosis from middle-class suburban housewife, to star of her own erotic films and it is a wild ride.”
Fantasia runs as a virtual event until September 2.