Sam and her family’s remarkable story has now been turned into a major motion picture with an award-winning production team including two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts, alongside Bruna Papandrea, and Emma Cooper, with Watts set to star as Sam. The star cast also includes Andrew Lincoln, Jacki Weaver and Rachel House.
Directed by Glendyn Ivin (The Cry, Safe Harbour, Seven Types of Ambiguity), the screenplay was written by Harry Cripps and Shaun Grant.
After Sam’s accident, her husband Cameron, a professional photographer, documented their journey through thousands of still images and videos.
The family started an Instagram account to share Sam and Penguin’s journey to recovery and were surprised by how strongly the story and imagery resonated with others.
From this came the international best-selling book Penguin Bloom, written by New York Times best-selling author Bradley Trevor Greive, which struck such a chord with Naomi that she immediately pursued turning it into a film.
Filmed in the Bloom house and on the Northern Beaches of Sydney in August 2019, it premiered, as one of only 50 films selected, at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2020.
The film premiered in Australian cinemas in January 2021 and became an immediate success, taking #1 at the box-office. A global release on Netflix followed where the film was widely embraced, trending in North America and across Europe.
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