THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE
WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE 2020
Marché du Film Online
Directed by: Leanne Pooley
Produced by: Cass Avery (Augusto, New Zealand), Alex Reed (Bloom Pictures, New Zealand)
Country of production: New Zealand
Expected release: July 2020
Budget: $NZ974,390 (100% in place)
Looking for: Sales agent to handle worldwide rights for all platforms excluding New Zealand
The Girl On The Bridge is the story of a young woman with the weight of a generation on her shoulders. Having survived her own suicidal struggles Jazz Thornton is a mental health activist, fighting to change how society and the system are dealing with young people like her. This is a film about hope. It’s a film about redemption. It’s a challenge to all of us to try to understand. This is a very rare and personal insight into the cost of advocacy.
Leanne Pooley is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished documentarians having worked around the world for over 20 years. Her films range in topic from the Rugby to The Pope, have screened in more than 100 countries and have won dozens of international awards including Best Documentary at TIFF. She directed the first New Zealand animated film to qualify for Oscar recognition, is an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit, an Arts Laureate and a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.