Arcadia, an Australian film production company, has now begun initial production on an adaptation of the best selling non-fiction story Tuscan Cookbook penned by Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer. The story of the film is about the real life story of the co-authors. In 1977 the 2 left Australia to start a culinary academy in a villa just outside Sienna. It chronicles the pair and their journeys in Italy, the dishes made, the people behind it all, as well as the guests along the ride.
Arcadia has optioned the film rights to both the “Tuscan Cookbook” and Stephanie’s Journal, Alexander’s telling of 1997, an action packed year which held: the opening of the Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder; the closure of the celebrated restaurant, Stephanie’s; the impact of The Cook’s Companion, published a year earlier; and the cooking schools in Tuscany with Beer.
The films producer is Lisa Shaunessy and Alexandria Burke as the Executive Producer. The film is being written by Katherine Thomson most known for the Amazon Prime series “A Place to Call Home,” the documentary “Women He’s Undressed,” and the upcoming film “Helena!” In the past, Arcadia has produced Kodi Smit-McPhee’s starring role in the sci-fi hit “2067” (Netflix/RLJE). The company is also responsible for “Sissy”. The company is currently underway with production on sci-fi thriller “In Vitro,” starring “Succession” star Ashley Zukerman.