30 Oct 2019


Leading global distributor Kew Media Distribution (KMD) has sold the much-awaited documentary film about the 2019 joint Booker Prize winning author Margaret Atwood, Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word is Power, to a raft of broadcasters worldwide, it was announced today.

Jonathan Ford, EVP Sales at Kew Media Distribution comments, “If we needed proof of the rise in demand for fascinating, topical documentaries, then this is it. Margaret Atwood’s literary superstardom has translated into worldwide interest in this film and we can only see this increasing following the recent Booker Prize co-win for her latest novel, The Testaments.  Needless to say, we are very proud to include it in KMD’s feature documentary slate.”

Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word is Power (1 x 92’ and 1 x 78’) follows the famous author, who has become a household name, over an exclusive 12-month period, exploring her major works and delving into her youth.

A White Pine Pictures Production in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word is Power will premiere on CBC’s documentary Channel on 19th November. KMD has sold the documentary to multiple broadcasters worldwide including; Sky Arts in the UK and Ireland, SBS in Australia, Sky in New Zealand, NDR-Arte in Austria, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland, HBO in Central and Eastern Europe, YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden, ERR Estonia, NTR Netherlands and Hulu in the USA

Margaret Atwood has never been more relevant than she is today. Readers are turning to her work as they face the rise of authoritarian politics, rapidly evolving technologies, and the slow-motion disaster of climate change. Her poetry and books are about survival, but they are also survival tools in and of themselves.

The recent success of the television adaptation of her novel The Handmaid’s Tale has made Atwood a household name. Almost two million fans wake up to Atwood's early morning posts on Twitter. Who is the woman and writer behind these stories? How does she always seem to know what the future holds?

With exclusive access, Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word is Power follows Atwood as she jets with partner Graeme Gibson to speaking engagements around the world. She is enthusiastically welcomed by crowds of all ages: college students in Chicago and Boston, bird enthusiasts in Vancouver, opera festival fans in Cooperstown, New York, and those attending a human rights conference in Amsterdam.

Atwood visits the set of The Handmaid’s Tale in Toronto, where she meets lead actor Elisabeth Moss and Ane Crabtree, costume designer of the iconic red robes that are turning up at feminist protests around the world.

The film also delves into Atwood’s youth in the Canadian wilderness, her early days as a poet at Harvard, meeting her partner Graeme Gibson, their political activism, and the writing of The Handmaid’s Tale.

The film explores Atwood's major works, elucidating the personal and societal factors that inform her stories. The Testaments is the highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Atwood has said that her latest novel is inspired by “the world we’ve been living in.”

Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word is Power is co-directed and co-produced by Nancy Lang and Peter Raymont, with Peter Pearson as executive producer and Connie Littlefield as associate producer. Featuring Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson, Ane Crabtree and Charlie Pachter, the documentary is a White Pine Pictures Production in association with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund, Ontario Creates and developed with the participation of Telefilm Canada.


For further information contact:

Debbie Lawrence

The Lippin Company


Tel: +44 (0) 7771 850580


About Kew Media Distribution

Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, produces and acquires more than 1,000 hours of new multi-genre content every year and distributes a diverse catalogue of film, television and digital assets to broadcasters and viewing platforms across the world. Kew Media Distribution manages international rights to a library of over 11,000 hours of TV and digital content, including major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at