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Searchlight Buys Murdoch-Produced Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 13, 2010 at 2:03AM

Fox Searchlight acquires only a few films each year. So one reason why Fox Searchlight Pictures co-presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula picked up Wayne Wang's 19th-century drama Snow Flower and the Secret Fan can be found in the producing credits.
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Fox Searchlight acquires only a few films each year. So one reason why Fox Searchlight Pictures co-presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula picked up Wayne Wang's 19th-century drama Snow Flower and the Secret Fan can be found in the producing credits.

The IDG China Media film, based on Lisa See's novel by Ron Bass, Angela Workman and Michael Ray, is produced by Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch's wife, Wendi, with Florence Sloan and exec producer Hugo Shong.

The film stars Gianna Jun and Li Bing Bing as friends with a special bond from childhood who live isolated lives with bound feet, but communicate with each other via a secret language; an added contemporary story mirrors their devotion. The film is about 50/50 English and Chinese, says Searchlight. Wang is still editing.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.