Opening Act Films & Choppy Productions Join Forces For Feature Film


Los Angeles, California – November 16, 2020 – Opening Act Films and Choppy Productions are pleased to announce the joining of forces to produce a feature film based on the incredible life and work of Dr Michael Padraig Acton.

A renowned psychologist from the United Kingdom with over a quarter of a century of clinical and counselling experience, including his recognition as being one of the few doctors in the UK who can legally authorize gender reassignment surgery, Dr Acton has endured physical and emotional hardships to become a well-known clinician and published author in Florida, USA.

New Zealand born filmmaker James Crisp will pen the script based on Dr Acton’s life as well as make his feature film debut as Director, with Pete Ireland acting as Executive Producer for Opening Act Films and Alex Rose for Choppy Productions.

The production, based in Los Angeles, plans to begin shooting on location in various parts of the USA midway through 2021 and it will mark the first production of a three-film international co-production deal between the two companies.

About Opening Act Films & Choppy Productions

OAF: Based in Sydney, Australia and founded in 2010 by Pete Ireland, Opening Act Films is a boutique screen production outfit specialising in independent film, and episodic content. Opening Act Films has created award-winning films that have been selected for Australian Academy-accredited, FIAPF-accredited, and Oscar-accredited film festivals; broadcast on Television in Australia and Europe and screened in many other film festivals in Australia and overseas. In 2015, our short film ‘Chip’ was recognised at the Australian Academy Awards (AACTAs).

CP: Originally founded in New Zealand during 2009 by James Crisp, Choppy Productions specializes in independent film as well as serial and episodic projects. Responsible for creating award-winning content that has screened to worldwide audiences, Choppy Productions expanded to Los Angeles in 2019 to focus on long form content and creating international co-productions to be filmed in USA.

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City: Los Angeles
State: California
Country: United States