Joy | Trailer released for Netflix IVF drama

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Screenwriter Jack Thorne has penned IVF drama Joy that’s coming to Netflix soon: here’s the trailer and more details.

Prolific screenwriter Jack Thorne is probably best known for his collaborations with filmmaker Shane Meadows, from the This Is England series to the astonishingly powerful The Virtues.

He has now penned the drama Joy, which is a period drama about the birth of the first IVF baby.

The synopsis reads as follows:

Joy tells the remarkable true story behind the ground-breaking birth of Louise Joy Brown in 1978, the world’s first ‘test-tube- baby’, and the tireless 10-year journey to make it possible. Told through the perspective of Jean Purdy, a young nurse, and embryologist, who joined forces with scientist Robert Edwards and surgeon Patrick Steptoe to unlock the puzzle of infertility by pioneering in vitro fertilization (IVF). The film celebrates the power of perseverance and the wonders of science as it follows this maverick trio of visionaries who overcame tremendous odds and opposition to realize their dream, and in doing so allowed millions of people to dream with them.

The cast includes James Norton, Bill Nighy and Thomasin McKenzie.

Ben Taylor directed the film from a script by Thorne, who wrote the story with Rachel Mason.

According to Deadline, Thorne said “It’s set between 1968 to 1978 and it’s a story of three people who worked together despite the whole world being against them to try and bring up the story of infertility. And we tell the story of the three of them.

“There’s Robert Edwards, who’s a scientist, Jean Purdy who works with him and who has never been given the credit for this that she deserves and hopefully this film resets that slightly. And Patrick Steptoe, who’s the surgeon and they don’t get any support from the Medical Research Council. They get abused in the press, they get abused by other people and they fight on, and it eventually results in the birth of Louise Joy Brown.”

There is currently no release date for Joy, we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

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