By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio-based author Gordon Lewis has experienced continued success with the release of the short film ‘Secret Child – The Bridge’ based on the first part of his memoir ‘Secret Child.’

‘Secret Child – The Bridge’ stars Fiona Glascott, Austin Taylor and Aaron McCusker and is based, like the book, on Lewis's early life in a hostel for single mothers in fifties Dublin, Ireland, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil News,
‘Secret Child – The Bridge’ stars Fiona Glascott, Austin Taylor and Aaron McCusker and is based, like the book, on Lewis’s early life in a hostel for single mothers in fifties Dublin, Ireland, photo internet reproduction.

The film has already netted awards at Holyshorts and Festigious in Los Angeles, Gold Movie Awards in London, the Onirios in Italy as well as the European Cinematography Award; and it looks set to pick up many more awards throughout 2018.

Gordon Lewis published his memoir the ‘Secret Child’ back in 2015, which saw a publication deal with Harper Collins and representation by top literary agency Andrew Lownie. He wrote much of the novel from a mansion that he and his partner renovated on the bohemian hilltop of Santa Teresa.

The film version has been directed by Yew Weng Ho and has already picked up a swathe of awards at the international film festivals where it has been entered. “The film has received many awards since April this year,” Lewis comments.

Adding the film is set to “arrive in Rio in December,” which should have expat film lovers across the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ excited to cheer on some home-grown talent.

It is not yet known if it will be an entrant in the ‘Festival Internacional de Curtas do Rio de Janeiro’ (Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival) which usually takes place in November.

It was back in 2015 that Lewis and Ho Associates was formed to make ‘Secret Child’ into a film or TV series. “I then made the film, which is just a short sequence from the first book. Frankly, I think there is enough material in there to make a TV series.” he tells the Irish World.

With all this international acclaim, it seems like only a matter of time before this feature film or TV series is realized. And with part two of his new book coming out later this year, Rio resident Gordon Lewis has much to celebrate.

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