The story of my father's life is set to become a TV series
Thanks to a Steemit article I wrote a year ago a Filipino film director found me while looking for interesting historical subjects set in the Philippines. Yesterday we spoke for the first time and he has agreed to fly to France where we will meet in person. His intention is to turn dad's story into a TV series for Netflix and I am smiling from ear to ear right now because this project is long over-due :)
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In a nutshell
Harry Stonehill was responsible for the industrialisation of the Philippines after the 2nd World War. Posted there as a GI he stayed on to become one of the most powerful men in the country. With 17 corporations and an intimate friendship with president Diosdado Macapagal he believed himself to be untouchable.
Yet in the 1960s the US government were able to secretly engineer his deportation and ultimate destruction because he wouldn't play ball the way they wanted. He died penniless and unvindicated after a 40 year court case and left behind a story which is very one sided, depicting him as a criminal who corrupted the nation and stole away their money.
I was born when his empire was already in decline and in truth I hardly knew him at all but what I do know is that he was no criminal and his love for the Philippines and its people was enormous.
As a filmmaker I have been dreaming about telling his story to the world for a long time but always lacked the driving force to take on such a huge project alone. I have tried to get this funded in the past and even spent some time bugging his old friend Stan Lee (Marvel Comics) to get involved, but to no avail.
So, it is with great pleasure that I am finally able to see how this is going to happen.
I learned yesterday that Netflix are looking specifically for a story set in the Philippines which would appeal to an international audience and my new friend believes this story fits the bill perfectly. As do I!
We still need to attach a producer and get our funding but every bone in my body tells me this process will flow like water now. I feel much more comfortable serving as an advisor and perhaps I will still find a way to make my own directorial mark by creating a behind the scenes documentary following my personal journey into the Philippines to discover who my father really was.
Who is the film director?
His name is Mark Meily.
This is a trailer from a historical drama of his called El Presidente, made in 2012.
Mark Meily Studied Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines. He learned filmmaking at the Mowelfund Film Institute where he won several short film awards. He received a scholarship to study film in Paris at the Ecole Sup. d'Etudes Cinematographiques. He began directing TV commercials upon his return to the Philippines. His first film Crying Ladies won the 2003 Best Picture at the Metro Manila Film Festival and was the Philippines' official entry to the 2005 Oscar Awards. His third film "Baler" was shown at New York's MoMA. His work has won numerous awards in the field of Television, Film and Advertising. IMDB
He is clearly a seasoned filmmaker and it makes perfect sense that he should be the one to take the reigns now. More than this he seems to understand dad's story very well and recognises the importance of correcting the balance of perception to vindicate our family name.
I will be informing my family of this news later today.
Yep, that means you heard it first here ;)
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