Jade Goody biographical film?
With the passing of the reality celebrity Jade Goody, who lost her life to cervical cancer at the age of twenty-seven and lived the rest of it through gossip magazines and reality television, the news has arrived that there may well be a film about her life.
She had already written two autobiographies of her life and it seems that one of the trustees Goody's estate is keen for a film to go ahead about her life, based on that second book.
Danny Hayward, one of the trustees of the Jade Goody's estate, has been speaking about the possible film:
"Her story lends itself to a biographical film. She's captured the mood of the nation. We want it to tap into raising awareness of cervical cancer."
The idea, according to The Times through The Guardian (who don't provide a link to the original story) is to make a very loose adaptation of her second autobiography Catch A Falling Star (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com).
Personally I struggle with this. Recently we lost Wendy Richard to cancer, a woman who was a television icon in Britain and kept her illness and private life very much to herself and her family, and my own mother passed away at the end of last year after her struggle with the disease. These are both much better role models to advertise the fund raising to battle cancer, those who are fighting the disease and the families who live with and support them than Goody.
Her life has been lived through the tabloids after she shot to c-list fame from the British Big Brother show where she stripped naked and had sex with a bottle live on the first show and her second appearance saw her embroiled in a row around racial abuse and bullying live on television. Since then she's lived and sold every moment of her life to the tabloid magazines and newspapers.
I just can't help but think that there are hundreds of unheard of role models out there, role models who are silently battling cancer with their families, who have much more rewarding and enlightening stories to tell than Goody's.
However it's what sells that matters, and it seems that even the death, funeral and suffering of her family is what's selling these tabloid magazines and "newspapers", and there's still money to be made for her estate, and maybe, if there's something to spare, some money for the cancer charities.
According to the estate trustee, Nick Love is their first choice to direct the film. Good luck on that one as a spokesperson from his company says that Love was very flattered by the suggestion, and you can tell from that comment that it's probably not going to happen.
What about you? Would you want to see a film about Jade Goody? Hasn't everything already been written and said in all the tabloids? Is this really the role model and inspirational film that we want to see? Aren't there more inspiring stories out there from real people who have and are suffering from cancer?