Cannes: Anita Doron to Direct 'Sailor Girl'

The adaptation of the Sheree-Lee Olson novel is now out to cast and will start production in summer 2014.

TORONTO -- Anita Doron is to direct the theatrical feature Sailor Girl for Canadian indie producer Markham Street Films.

The film follows Toronto-based Doron shooting The Lesser Blessed, a coming-of-age tale from producer First Generation Films that starred Benjamin Bratt, Twilight’s Kiowa Gordon, Chloe Rose and Tamara Podemski.

The script for Sailor Girl is inspired by the novel of the same name by Sheree-Lee Olson, which portrays 19-year-old Kate McLeod, who signs on to a Great Lakes freighter one summer and sails off into an unexpected world of sexual adventure with unruly men and tough women.

Sailor Girl has been adapted for the screen by Johanna Schneller with support from Canadian film financiers Telefilm Canada and the Harold Greenberg Fund.

The Lesser Blessed debuted at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and is set for a commercial release in Canada May 31.

"We think that Anita is a wonderful storyteller, and she has a visceral connection to the material that will make for a really exciting film," said Markham Street co-presidents Judy Holm and Michael McNamara in a statement.

Sailor Girl is out to cast and will start production in the late summer 2014.