Academy Award-nominated actress Carey Mulligan has been tapped to star in ON THE OTHER SIDE as Vietnam war correspondent Kate Webb. The film tells the true story of Webb, who was held in captivity by the Viet Cong for 23 days.
The story is based on Webb’s book On the Other Side: 23 Days with the Viet Cong which documents her days as a journalist for the UPI and how she blazed the trail for female war correspondents. After being held in captivity for nearly a month, she left the jungles of Cambodia with one of the most gripping stories to come out of the Vietnam War.
The film is set to begin production in the spring of 2018. On the Other Side comes from Topic, First Look Media’s new entertainment studio. Having produced and co-financed the Oscar-winning pic Spotlight, First Look isn’t a stranger to real-life journalism stories. Page 1’s Megan Ellison and Mark Boal will serve as executive producers of the porject. Also on the slate for Topic are Rodrigo Prieto’s directorial debut Bastard, Morgan Spurlock-produced No Man’s Land, as well as Debra Granik’s My Abandonment starring Ben Foster.
Mulligan’s impressive resume of prestige films include Shame, Suffragette, Inside Lleywn Davis, Drive, and Far From the Madding Crowd. She nabbed an Oscar nod for and a BAFTA win for her breakout performance in 2009’s An Education. She has a full plate of projects in the upcoming year including David Hare’s BBC project Collateral, Dee Rees’ critically acclaimed Sundance hit Mudbound, and Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.
She is repped by WME and Julian Belfrage Associates.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer
Very glad to hear this , as I was a member of the USAISA ( Intelligence Support Activity) who participated in the ill fated “Operation Grand Eagle” to rescue POW’s in Laos in 1981, I wrote about it in my book BOHICA, testified several times before Congress and US Senate Committees many years ago.
I was the only member to be subjected to “Truth Serum” tests under oath, CIA Polygraphs , even met with Ted Koppel of ABC News who was told not to air story.
Later CBS 60 Minutes Producer Monika Jensen-Stevenson wrote in her book ” Kiss the Boys Goodbye” about our mission, nearly all of my testimony was “Sealed” Classified and still is today. I dedicated by Book to the last known living POW Charles Shelton who’s wife shot and killed herself while i and two daughter of POW/MIA Commander Dennis Pike who also never came home.
I hope your project will reveal the facts that we did leave men /woman behind in Laos and in 1981 Operation we could have rescued two but were ordered not too. I wish you all the very best in this project.
Scott T Barnes
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