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Details
Market April 25, 2017    Sold May 5, 2017
Producer John Lesher, Peter Heller
Executive Dan Loflin, Sean Murphy
Agent Antoni Kaczmarek, Martin M. To, Varun Monga (ESA)
Manager Peter Heller (Heller Highwater Productions)
Studio Amazon Studios
Production Le Grisbi Productions
Based on the book "The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service by Laura Kaplan, " which was was covered by The New York Times on 4/22/2017. Script sold to Amazon for six-figures. Subsequently, out to directors as ODA.
Loglines
Chronicles the efforts of a woman in Chicago and the underground abortion clinic she founded before Roe v. Wade.
A woman creates an underground abortion service under the monicker "Jane" to provide women in Chicago with safe abortions before Roe v. Wade.
Format
Film
Hour-Long Serialized
Genres
Drama, Foreign Film, Adaptation, Biopic, Period, Political, Character Study, Doctor, Female, Female Protagonist, Film, Friends/Friendship, Husband/Wife, Illness, Non-Fiction, Pregnancy, Secret Identity, Social Commentary, True Story, Undercover
Pages
120
Rated
R
Budget
Low
Lead
F Unspecified 29 Average
Similar
Dallas Buyers Club
When
Chicago in the late 60's to early 70's/Five years
Where
Chicago, hospital, various apartments, accounting office, mall, police station, doctor's office, various motels, inside a car and paddy wagon.

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Synopsis
A cop, SOBCHECK (Late 40s), stares at JENNY (29) in a police interrogation room. We then flash back to four years earlier, where Jenny is in a radiation session for her cancer. The session stops and her doctor, DR. MURRAY (50), informs her she is pregnant.

Abortion is illegal without the approval of a hospital panel, and Murray tells Jenny she has to take the baby to term, pausing the tradition sessions until then. Angry, she leaves and calls her husband unsuccessfully. She joins a passing Anti-Vietnam protest, but partially loses consciousness as police arrive and the situation gets violent. She is hauled off by a woman named Claire (?).

She awakes in the ER. Cops are there and the nurse tells her they are there to make sure she wasn’t trying to abort the baby. Jenny’s family arrives: her husband, Glen (?), and her daughters, Casey (3) and Audrey (5 months).

That night, Jenny and Glen watch news coverage of the protest. Glen pleads her not to go out into anymore dangerous situations given her illness and that the kids need her. He doesn’t know about the pregnancy.

The hospital board declines Jenny for an abortion. However, on the way out of the...
Reader 1 Comments
OVERALL (RECOMMEND)
“This is Jane” offers a compelling character study and narrative of group compassion and unity to shed light on its key social issue of abortion, these themes paving the way for realistic and emotional conflict. This conflict in turned is served well by a structure and pacing that is curated specifically to tease out these themes, and portray a character with sincere flaws and a complex arc that leads to a powerful, more stoic sense of confidence and resolve in pursuing her goals. Jenny’s unique and deep internal conflict form a core from which every other well-executed story element proliferates, creating an internal and external conflict that are dependent on each other. While the film clearly sides with the pro-choice movement, inherently alienating a pro-life demographic, the film is about more than just abortion as a social issue, with ideas surrounding community, friendship, loneliness/alienation, and empowerment resonating more universally through Jenny’s extensive internal conflict, and the multitude of relationships within the Jane operation that give a unique character to the narrative. While the structure and external conflict beats are highly similar to a film like “Dallas Buyers Club,” particularly in their contextualization in a contemporary social issue, this lack of structural originality is more than compensated for the unique relationships between the Janes, and Jenny as a singular protagonist....