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My pitch for The Last Free Cat dystopian YA movie

I’ve lost count of the number of people who have said that The Last Free Cat would make a great movie. And whereas so many teenage dystopias actually evoke a  conservative and despairing view of the world, The Last Free Cat radically questions our current world order and finds a real source of hope.

In Hollywood, they say, you must be able to pitch your idea for a film in two sentences.  So here are two sentences which describe The Last Free Cat:

In a world where cats are marketed like Rolexes, it is strictly illegal to own a stray.  Law-abiding teenager Jade finds an unregistered cat in her garden, falls in love with it, and ends up on a flight  from the authorities which radically changes the way she looks at the world.

There is, of course, much more to the story than two sentences can convey: importantly, it’s also about a human relationship and has been chosen by Books For Keeps as one of its top ten teen romances.

Given its political significance, The Last Free Cat is predictably a story which divides opinion, but a brief read through the reviews on Goodreads confirms that it is a book with a huge impact on its fans. In 2013 it was selected by the ILA as one of the top thirty YA books published in the US.  As a film it could maybe be an award-winner?

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