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Fourteen to be adapted for the screen

Fourteen to be adapted for the screen

 

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The screen rights for Shannon Molloy’s acclaimed memoir, Fourteen, have been acquired by Orange Entertainment Co.

Published just in March this year, the book follows Molloy’s life growing up gay in regional Queensland. It received rave reviews and widespread media coverage.

‘When COVID struck, I was worried that the book would struggle to be discovered,’ says Molloy. ‘That’s what makes the past five months so joyful.’

Fourteen is an at times harrowing account of the homophobic bullying and violence Molloy received by his peers in the town of Yeppoon during high school, as well as the failure of the school staff to intervene and help.

However, the memoir also celebrates the fierce love of Molloy’s family and the joy of having a tight-knit group of friends. Molloy has said the focus of the book is to affirm the life-saving importance of kindness.

‘From the moment I started reading Fourteen, I knew Shannon’s brave and powerful story would change lives,’ says Dan Ruffino, Managing Director of Simon & Schuster Australia.

‘We are immensely proud and privileged to be his publisher and so thrilled his story is now set to win over a whole new audience.’

Several parties were interested in the screen rights, but Molloy has said that Orange Entertainment Co. is a perfect fit, having reached out to him within a month of the book’s publication.

‘From the moment Kurt and Dan from Orange began talking with us, their passion and authenticity was so obvious,’ said Molloy.

‘They really felt the message of the book and got what I was hoping to achieve in telling my story.’

Molloy will be involved in the production process.

‘If writing a book one day was my boyhood dream, then seeing this marvellous creation adapted for the screen is a notion that’s totally out of this world.’