Netflix has revealed the first trailer for “Penguin Bloom,” which stars Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts and The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln in the leading roles. The film will arrive in North America, UK, France, and select countries in Asia on January 27 on Netflix.
The film cast also includes Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, Rachel House, Leeanna Walsman, Lisa Hensley, Griffin Murray-Johnston, Felix Cameron, Abe Clifford-Barr.
Based on the incredible true story set in 2013, Samantha Bloom (two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts), her husband Cameron (The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln), and their three sons left their home in Australia for a holiday in Thailand. While enjoying a view, Sam fell off of a rooftop due to what was later determined to be a rotted railing...breaking her vertebrae in two places. Paralyzed from the chest down, Sam — a lifelong outdoorswoman, surfer, and traveler —was unrecognizable to herself, and spent long months in a depression that made her question who she could be in the world and in her own family.
A year later, her children brought home a wounded baby magpie they found. Warily eyeing the black-and-white bird the kids affectionately named “Penguin,” Sam bonded with the household’s new member, beginning a process of emotional healing that surprised her husband and sons, her mother (Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver), and herself. PENGUIN BLOOM tells the amazing true story of renewal that occurred when a woman whose life seemed shattered found hope and purpose in her family’s love — and in a bird on its own journey of recovery.
Directed by Glendyn Ivin, who is known for the short film Cracker Bag, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and Last Ride. His credits in television include Puberty Blues, A Beautiful Lie, Safe Harbour, and The Cry.
Shaun Grant and Harry Cripps have written the screenplay based on the book by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Grieve.
Emma Cooper, Made Up Stories’ Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky, and Jodi Matterson, and Naomi Watts are the producers. Sonia Amoroso, George Kekeli, Meryl Metni, Ricci Swart, Sam Bloom, Cameron Bloom, Bradley Trevor Grieve, Joel Pearlman, Edwina Waddy, and Jill Bilcock are executive producers:
QUOTE FROM THE PRODUCERS OF PENGUIN BLOOM: “We all fell in love with the life-affirming nature of Sam’s story and her undeniable spirit. The emotional journey she and her family go on after Penguin enters their lives is unforgettable. We have a wonderful partner in Netflix and we’re delighted they will be bringing Penguin Bloom to audiences around the world.”
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