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Kew finds global broadcasters for Margaret Atwood doc

Kew Media Distribution (KMD) has secured global sales for the upcoming documentary about renowned author Margaret Atwood. Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word is Power (1 x ...
October 30, 2019

Kew Media Distribution (KMD) has secured global sales for the upcoming documentary about renowned author Margaret Atwood.

Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word is Power (1 x 92 minutes and 1 x 78 minutes) follows the Canadian author (pictured) over an exclusive 12-month period, exploring her life, career and rise to becoming a household name following the successful adaptation of her 1985 dystopian society novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Hulu.

The film features Atwood travelling to various speaking engagements with partner Graeme Gibson, as well as visiting the Toronto set of the Handmaid’s Tale series, where she meets lead actor Elisabeth Moss and costume designer Ane Crabtree.

The film, which has its broadcast premiere on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) ‘Documentary’ channel on Nov. 19, has sold to multiple broadcasters worldwide, including Sky Arts in the UK and Ireland; SBS in Australia; Sky in New Zealand; NDR-Arte in Austria, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland; HBO in Central and Eastern Europe; YLE in Finland; SVT in Sweden; ERR Estonia; NTR Netherlands; and Hulu in the U.S.

Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word is Power is co-directed and co-produced by Nancy Lang and Peter Raymont, with Peter Pearson serving as executive producer and Connie Littlefield as associate producer. The doc is a White Pine Pictures production, in association with CBC, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund and Ontario Creates, and developed with the participation of Telefilm Canada.

“If we needed proof of the rise in demand for fascinating, topical documentaries, then this is it,” said Jonathan Ford, EVP of sales at Kew, in a statement. “Margaret Atwood’s literary superstardom has translated into worldwide interest in this film and we can only see this increasing following the recent Booker Prize co-win for her latest novel, The Testaments. Needless to say, we are very proud to include it in KMD’s feature documentary slate.”

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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