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Morula Pictures Buys Film Rights to Wall of Days by Alastair Bruce

Wall of DaysThe film rights for the novel Wall of Days by Alastair Bruce, published in 2010 by Umuzi, have been optioned by South African production company, Morula Pictures.

The production house is behind the film How to Steal 2 Million, popular soapies Generations and Backstage, medical series JOZI H, as well as Africa’s first 3D animation production, Magic Cellar.

The novel was released in the United Kingdom in August last year and was launched at the Edinburgh Festival in the same month.

Wall of Days tells the story of Bran, the once-leader of a small community. He lives a life of solitude as a castaway on a deserted island, where the rain has been ceaseless for ten years. To track the days, he marks their passing on the wall of his cave, until an unanticipated event causes him to yearn for home. He embarks on his adventure, involving not only a treacherous sea voyage, but the charge of execution should he ever arrive at his erstwhile home.

Last year, the novel was chosen by Amazon.com as one of twelve annual Amazon Rising Stars. It was also included in The Guardian’s longlist for the “Not the Booker Prize”, which is awarded to a book voted for by the public as the title that most deserves to win the Man Booker Prize.

Wall of Days was shortlisted in South Africa for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, Best First Book, Africa Region.

Alastair Bruce was born in Port Elizabeth and studied at the University of Cape Town. He began his studies with a degree in science, but ended with a masters in English Literature. For over ten years, he has been a resident of the United Kingdom, where he works in electronic publishing. He is married and has a daughter.

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