Australian Luminosity Entertainment will produce a new film that will shed light on the life and tragic death of renowned Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya, according to reports published by deadline.
The film titled “Mother Russia” will be directed by British director James Strong, best known for his work on the crime television series “Broadchurch.”
Anna Politkovskaya became world famous for her coverage of the Second Chechen War, during which she exposed multiple human rights violations and abuses committed during the conflict.
Politkovskaya has regularly received death threats related to her investigative work. She was murdered at the entrance to her building in October 2006. The instigators or those behind Politkovskaya’s murder have never been identified or charged.
Politkovskaya will be portrayed on screen by two-time BAFTA-nominated English actress Maxine Peake, while Oscar-nominated actor Ciaran Hinds will play the Nobel Prize-winning editor-in-chief of Russia’s Novaya Gazeta, Dmitry Muratov. .
“Anna Politkovskaya’s story is one of incredible determination and courage in the face of unimaginable circumstances. I am so thrilled to be working with Miriam and Paul on this extraordinary film,” Daniel Diamond, CEO of Luminosity Entertainment, told Deadline.
Politkovskaya’s husband, Alexander Politkovsky, will be played by Jason Isaacs, also known to viewers for his portrayal of Georgy Zhukov in Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin.”
Production on the biopic is set to begin late this summer in London and an unspecified location in Latvia.
Politkovskaya’s story has already been portrayed on screen in “A Bitter Taste of Freedom,” a documentary by the late Russian-American filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya.