Freestyle Releasing, Freestyle Digital Media and Dominion Pictures have acquired theatrical and DVD/VOD rights to Mr Pip, starring Hugh Laurie. Directed by Andrew Adamson (The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian), the drama is based on the novel by Lloyd Jones. Laurie plays the last Englishman remaining in a tropical village in Bougainville, Papau New Guinea, during its 1990s civil war. He begins to teach the local children by reading them Great Expectations, transporting an imaginative young girl (Xzannjah Matsi) into the story of the novel, believing that Dickens’ character Pip is her friend. Her passion for storytelling brings terror to the village when Pip’s identity is misunderstood by the invading army. Ultimately, her courage and imagination must sustain her if she is to survive. The film will debut November 7 in limited theatrical release and on all digital platforms. Previously released in New Zealand and Australia, Mr Pip won New Zealand Film & TV Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress.
Malaysian actress and TV host Nur Fazura Sharifuddin will star is Facing Up To Fazura, a five-part miniseries for NBCUniversal International Television’s E! The docudrama will provide a window to the polarizing personality’s life, loves, challenges, triumphs and joys in everyday life as a leading entertainment and fashion socialite in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Set to premiere December 14 across Asia, Facing Up To Fazura is the first E! mini to feature a Malaysian personality. Developed and produced by Matchbox Asia, production begins this month in Malaysia.