Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine is teaming with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald and Suzanne Gilbert (The Untold History of the U.S.) to develop and produce its first feature-length documentary on decorated tennis star and activist Martina Navratilova.
It will spotlight Navratilova’s social and political activism for women and the LGBT community, told through Greenwald’s personal lens – a gay child growing up in the Reagan-era Florida.
“The issues raised by Martina’s legacy resonate now more than ever, which is why it’s so important to tell her story to new generations of engaged young people who may not be aware of the vital role she played in shaping expectations around female identity and LGBT equality,” said Charlotte Koh, Head of Digital Media & Programming for Hello Sunshine. “Having producers Glenn and Suzanne reframe Martina’s impact on society through the lens of Glenn’s personal coming-of-age journey creates a fresh, intimate and relatable film for a wide audience.”
“As monumental as Martina’s on-court achievements were, they pale in comparison to her role as a pioneer and trailblazer on questions of feminism, women’s athletics, equality for gay and lesbians across the planet, transgender visibility, immigrant rights and the right of political dissent,” said Greenwald, who was featured in the 2014 Oscar-winning Edward Snowden doc, CitizenFour.
“I’m excited to be partnering with Reese and Hello Sunshine to explore her truly enduring legacy – her remarkable courage – directly or indirectly inspiring millions of people who lacked any other role models.”
The docu will also feature materials and memories shared by fans all across the world that demonstrate her profound impact on various social and political initiatives.