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Friday 19 September 2014

Peter Mullan to make Katrina film

Peter Mullan is making a film about Hurricane Katrina

Award-winning actor and director Peter Mullan is to make a film about Hurricane Katrina.

The disaster that struck New Orleans in 2005 devastated the city and left more than 1,000 people dead.

Mullan, who made his name in Ken Loach's My Name Is Joe, picked up the best film gong at last night's Evening Standard awards for Neds.

He said: "Next up, I'm going to be writing a film about Hurricane Katrina. I'm going to be doing that and hopefully getting some acting work because writing doesn't pay well.

"It's a story I came across four or five years ago just after it happened. Two nurses from San Francisco were in New Orleans when it struck."

Mullan, who won the best actor award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival for My Name Is Joe, said the story would "raise issues of individualism and collectivism".

The aftermath of the hurricane on the southern US city has already inspired a hit US television show, called Treme, which will be on Sky Atlantic later this year.

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