One of the production companies behind the Oscar-nominated film Lion has acquired the rights to turn Australian comedian Matt Okine’s debut novel into a movie.

Sydney-based Aquarius Films will bring Okine’s book about grief and growing up to the big screen, in partnership with Jude Troy’s production company Wooden Horse. Being Black ‘N Chicken, & Chips, published in September, is based on Okine’s experience coming to grips with his mother’s death and being a teenager trying to fit in while his life was falling apart.

Matt Okine's book Being Black 'N Chicken, & Chips is headed for the big screen.

Matt Okine’s book Being Black ‘N Chicken, & Chips is headed for the big screen. Credit:Alina Gozin’a

Aquarius Films’ principal producers Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford said they are “big fans” of Okine’s work, which includes playing a lead role in Stan comedy series The Other Guy. (Stan is owned by Nine, the publisher of this website.) About his novel, Fielder said, “It’s a really moving but also hilariously funny experience of being a teenager but also dealing with his mother dying.”

“It’s got all the great makings of a family film – a coming-of-age, rite-of-passage story that will appeal to teenagers and also parents.”

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