The Vegemite movie is coming – via Keddie family

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TTN: Vegemite is to be spread across the big screen after the inventor’s grandson sold the movie rights to his book to an advertising and film company run by TV star Asher Keddie’s extended family. The tale tells the story of his grandfather, a chemist, who created the salty black spread, and his life across two world wars and the Great Depression.

Movie rights deal makes author a happy little Vegemite

from abc.net.au

Vegemite is to be spread across the big screen after the inventor’s grandson sold the movie rights to his book.

Queensland’s Jamie Callister is the author of the book, The Man Who Invented Vegemite.

It tells the story of his grandfather, a chemist, who created the salty black spread, and his life across two world wars and the Great Depression.

Now Melbourne-based firm The Film Company wants to turn the book into a movie.

Mr Callister says the story is about much more than a product.

“It’s a wonderful story and it certainly encapsulates a lot of the most significant events of the first half of last century,” he said.

He is not yet sure if the production company will screen the feature in cinemas or on television but says he is just happy to see the story live on through other mediums.

“Put it this way, I’m not going to go out and buy a Mercedes,” he said.

“It’s not a great deal of money but I’m excited all the same because it was always my intention to make it into a movie because it’s always such a great story.”

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