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Janice Galloway biopic set for production in association Andrea Gibb and BBC

Adaptation of author's books This Is Not About Me and All Made Up

Janice Galloway biopic set for production in association Andrea Gibb and BBC

A Glasgow-based production company has teamed up with scriptwriter Andrea Gibb to create a biopic of Scottish novelist Janice Galloway.

The BBC commissioned the project in December and the first drafts of the screenplay are being written with a view to starting production later this year. Scottish company La Belle Allee, headed by producer Karen Smyth (Tinseltown, One Life Stand) will co-produce the project with BBC Scotland.

The company said: "Andrea and Janice are both really talented women and we are really looking forward to the next stage of what we know will be a great project."

The first book in Galloway's memoirs 'This Is Not About Me' describes her impoverished childhood in Saltcoats, Ayreshire and won the SMIT Non-Fiction Book of the Year in 2009. The second book 'All Made Up', was named Radio 4's Book of the Week on its release last year, and details Galloway's time at school and Glasgow University where she studied English Literature and Music.

BAFTA award-winning film and television writer Andrea Gibb (Afterlife, Dear Frankie) will adapt Galloway's memoirs for the small screen. The Greenock-born writer is no stranger to television having previously adapted Rose Tremain's award-winning novel 'The Road Home' for BBC1.

Production company La Belle Allee co-produced the feature film ‘Valhalla Rising’, directed by Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson) and shot wholly in Scotland. The film made it to the official selection at Venice, Toronto, Rotterdam and London International Film Festivals in 2009.

Janice Galloway

In the second volume of her memoirs, All Made Up, the prize-winning author Janice Galloway reveals how the awkward child introduced in This is Not About Me evolved through her teenage years, living with her stoical mother and domineering older sister. By turns absurd and tender, this is the story of a family's secrets…

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