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

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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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