May 15, 2023: Participant announced exclusively in Variety a new narrative feature film, Prima Facie, with Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo set to star. The project is in partnership with Bunya Productions as well as Erivo’s company Edith’s Daughter.
A propulsive and character-driven film, Prima Facie follows Tessa, an ambitious and confident defense attorney from working class roots. A rising star in the high-powered London legal system, Tessa skillfully defends her clients, including those accused of sexual assault. But after she is raped by a colleague, she discovers that the law does not deliver justice along the boundaries of consent.
“Cynthia Erivo is such a gifted talent, and we are privileged to work with her, Bunya and the filmmaking team on this urgently engaging film,” said Participant CEO David Linde. “I had the fortune of seeing Prima Facie in London and was absolutely blown away by Suzie’s work, and I’ve known Susanna long enough to know that I cannot wait for this story to be reinvented for the screen through her lens.”