Misan Sagay
Misan Sagay’s screenwriting credits include Secret Laughter of Women, a full-length screenplay written and produced by O.O. Sagay (Elba Films) with Handmade Films, which premiered at the London Film Festival in 1999, and Their Eyes Were Watching God, an adaptation for Harpo Films/HBO for ABC starring Halle Berry. She also has a number of films in development including Fela (Focus Features) and In the Shadow of a Saint.

Entries by Misan Sagay

A New Way to Talk About Slavery

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Much has been made of how the two girls in the Zoffany painting inspired my writing of Belle. As important to me was the invisible third person in the painting, the man who put them there in terms of such equality: Lord Chief Justice Lord Mansfield. From the outset I...

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Bringing Slavery Into the Heart of Jane Austen

(3) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 6:01 PM

Getting a screenplay from page to screen can be a long process, and this is doubly so when the subject is so different. In 2004 I conceived a Jane Austenesque, costume-drama feature film with a black female lead that also addresses slavery. It was inspired by the painting above.


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