Film4 has acquired TV and film rights to Lynda Clark's debut sci-fi novel, published by Fairlight Books.
Beyond Kidding tells the story of a man who pretends he has a child to guarantee job security, before he receives a call from the police saying his child is waiting for him. The rights were sold by the publisher on behalf of Clark.
The feature film will be directed by Will Stefan Smith, who recently directed Daniel Kaluuya in the short film "Two Single Beds".
Clark's short story "Ghillie’s Mum" was recently shortlisted for ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award, as part of the Society of Authors’ Awards, and last year was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award.
Fairlight will also be publishing a collection of Clark's short stories in summer 2021.