Shot-on-the-South Shore movie ‘The Sleepover’ wins Writers Guild Award


The locally shot Netflix movie “The Sleepover” won the children’s category during the 73rd annual Writers Guild of America Awards on Sunday.

Written by Sarah Rothschild, “The Sleepover,” is a family friendly action-comedy set in a small New England town. It follows two kids (Sadie Stanley and Maxwell Simkins) discovering their stay-at-home mom, Margot Finch (Malin Akerman), is a reformed thief enrolled in the witness protection program. When her unsavory past catches up with her, Mom is kidnapped and forced to pull one last job. The siblings – with their BFFs in tow – conspire to rescue her. Their high-octane adventure involves car chases, dangerous boating expeditions, breaking-and-entering and numerous twists and turns – all transpiring over the course of one night.

From left, Maxwell Simkins, Lucas Jaye, Ken Marino, Sadie Stanley, Malin Akerman and Cree Cicchino in a scene from "The Sleepover."

“The Sleepover” won the Children’s Episodic, Long Form and Specials category at Sunday’s virtual ceremony. Other nominees were “Countdown” (Nickelodeon); “Mo Willems And The Storytime All Stars Present: Don’t Let The Pigeon Do Storytime,” (HBO Max); “The Not Too Late Show with Elmo (HBO Max);  “The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special,” (HBO Max) and “Speaking of Cancer” (Netflix).

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