The Journey to Hollywood Big Screen Begins for Retired Major Gen, Jerry Singirok’s Memoir, “The Matter of Conscience”
The Journey to Hollywood Big Screen Begins for Retired Major Gen, Jerry Singirok's Memoir, "The Matter of Conscience"
Major-General (retired) Jerry Singirok, renowned former commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, is set to make history as the first Papua New Guinean author to pitch his book for Hollywood film production.
The memoir, titled "Matter of Conscience", delves into the controversial 1997 Sandline Affair, in which a group of mercenaries were hired to take on rebel forces in Bougainville.
Singirok's book is an eye-opening account of the affair, in which he refused to comply with the orders of then-Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan to launch a military operation against the rebels, thereby saving countless lives.
The memoir, published in 2021, has been widely praised for its honest and candid portrayal of the events leading up to the Bougainville crisis and the role played by Singirok in resolving it.
The retired general is now set to pitch his book for film production to top Hollywood executives in Los Angeles, California next week. This is no easy feat, as the competition for getting a book picked up for film adaptation is notoriously fierce.
In recent years, the film industry has been inundated with a slew of book-to-film adaptations, as producers and studios recognize the inherent appeal of pre-existing stories with built-in fan bases.
Singirok is no stranger to breaking barriers, having been the first Papua New Guinean to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.
He is also a well-respected figure in the international community, having served as a United Nations military observer in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a military attaché in Washington, D.C.
In "Matter of Conscience", Singirok draws on his experiences as a soldier and a statesman to provide a riveting account of one of the most defining moments in Papua New Guinea's history.
The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the country's political landscape and its struggle for autonomy.
If successful in his pitch, Singirok's memoir could be the next big thing on the silver screen, introducing Papua New Guinea's rich history to a global audience.
Photo Credit: Ret Maj Gen. Jerry Singirok
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