SPC on path to Gavron's 'Brick Lane'


NEW YORK -- Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and South American rights to Sarah Gavron's debut feature, "Brick Lane," which centers on a young woman brought from Bangladesh to London to enter a loveless arranged marriage.

Based on Monica Ali's acclaimed 2003 novel, the film follows the evolution of plain 18-year-old Nazneen (Tannishtha Chatterjee) who lives a sheltered life with an unpleasant middle-aged husband (Satish Kaushik) in 1980s London. She stands in stark contrast to her free-spirited sister (Zafreen) until a Muslim radical (Christopher Simpson) takes her out of her shell and wins her heart.

"Lane," produced by Alison Owen and Christopher Collins, is a Ruby Films production and is presented by Film4 Four, Ingenious and the U.K. Film Council's New Cinema Fund. Abi Morgan and Laura Jones adapted the screenplay.

Gavron earned a BAFTA TV Award for best new director for her 2003 BBC feature "This Little Life."

The Works International's Joy Wong negotiated the deal with SPC's Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Dylan Leiner.