OUR remarkable exclusive story of a North Devon family s close encounter with a New York orphanage could be made into a film, the North Devon Gazette can reveal this week. After a whirlwind week of television and newspaper interviews, Appledore mum Yvonne
OUR remarkable exclusive story of a North Devon family's close encounter with a New York orphanage could be made into a film, the North Devon Gazette can reveal this week.After a whirlwind week of television and newspaper interviews, Appledore mum Yvonne Bray took a five-minute breather on Monday to relay the exciting news that she had been contacted by a well-known film producer."I got a call on Friday after the producer had read about our story in The Times," said Yvonne who told our reporter the name of the producer but asked that we kept it under wraps for the time being."It's amazing! After we spoke, he sent me an email to say he was putting together a proposal for a feature film and that we'd meet up to discuss the ideas at a later date."Since the Gazette broke the story of how teenagers Gemma and Katie Bray ended up in a New York orphanage after mum Yvonne fell ill during a family holiday, news of the family's American ordeal has spread like wildfire.The story has been featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Times, Guardian, London Metro, and New York Daily News."I had a lot of calls on Wednesday morning, but on Thursday, it went bananas," Yvonne told the Gazette."Since the story came out in the Gazette on Wednesday, we have also been interviewed on Sky News, BBC Spotlight, Channel 4 News, Channel Five News, BBC Radio Devon, BBC Radio 5 Live and countless others.""Researchers from The Richard and Judy Show have been on the phone, and today, we have just got back from London after appearing on BBC Breakfast News."We've been featured in the Adelaide News in Australia and yesterday, I was called by a reporter from Italy."The girls and their mum have both signed deals with teens' and women's magazines, while on Friday morning, the family even reached the heady heights of a prime-time slot on the famous GMTV sofa."It's been a complete whirlwind and a bit of a blur really," confessed Yvonne. "After being thrust onto the world stage by the media attention, I am quite breathless."I've since done a deal with a woman's magazine and the girls have done a deal with teen magazine Top of the Pops.Yvonne said that due to mounting interview requests by the world media, Bideford College granted special permission for the girls to leave school early on Thursday afternoon.Yvonne also said that she had written back to the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) after they wrote her informing her that as her children had been taken into care, she was being investigated."I'm currently taking legal advice but it should be them under investigation, not me," she said.