Viv Albertine’s Memoirs to Be Adapted for Television


A new television show is in the works based on two memoirs by Viv Albertine—author, musician, and former member of the Slits. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the series will be based on Albertine’s 2014 memoir Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys., as well as her 2018 book, To Throw Away Unopened.

Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, who acted as producers on the film Carol, are slated to helm the project via their Number 9 Films company, alongside producer Rachael Horovitz, THR reports.

“I’m so happy that Rachael, Elizabeth and Stephen are bringing my books to the screen,” Albertine told THR. She continued:

Right from the start they were sensitive to the extremely personal nature of the work and I knew the books were in the hands of producers with integrity. Their vision is perfectly in tune with the work, they understand the subject and the times, I can’t wait for the project to get started and to see all the characters in my story come to life!

Karlsen, Woolley, and Horovitz added: “What an exciting and exhilarating prospect to re-explore a time when music, fashion, political ideologies and sexuality were turned on their heads. So beautifully evoked alongside personal insights and frank reflections of an extraordinary woman’s life in Albertine’s two incredible memoirs.”

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. focused on Albertine’s experiences as a part of the 1970s punk scene in London, where she made history as a guitarist for the Slits, while also befriending members of the Sex Pistols, the Clash, and more. To Throw Away Unopened delves more into the author’s family relationships and personal life.

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