Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A film to be made on Indo-Canadian Girl

Academy-award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon has teamed up with Canadian producers to make a film on the shocking murder of Reena Virk, an Indo-Canadian teenager.

Witherspoon's company, Type A Films, has partnered with Canadian companies Brightlight Pictures and Rhombus Media to make a film on Vrik, who was beaten and drowned in Victoria city near here in 1997, the Globe and Mail reported.

Titled Under the Bridge, the film is based on the 2005 book by Rebecca Godfrey of the same name.

"Rebecca's book is a stunning and heartbreaking tale that looks at a very dark side of teenage life. We are committed to bringing Under the Bridge to the big screen and making a film that does this story justice," said Jennifer Simpson, Witherspoon's partner in Type A, in a statement.

Godfrey's book investigates circumstances leading up to Virk's brutal death and the aftermath of it.

The 14-year old girl was bullied by a group of eight teenagers (seven girls and one boy). The names of six of the girls involved in the first beating, known collectively as "the Shoreline Six," have not been released.

She was beaten second time by Warren Glowatski and Kelly Ellard from the group, who again beat her and drowned her in Victoria city.

Glowatski was given a life sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder in the case.

The Virk family came to Canada from Ambala city in
Haryana in 1979.

The announcement about the cast, director and writer will be made within the next two months. The production on the film is expected to begin in 2011 in British Columbia, with a release date set for 2011/2012.

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