Moira Anderson story set to be made into film by Sandra Brown

Where There is Evil author prepares movie pitch about her father's relationship with tragic Coatbridge schoolgirl.

Moira Anderson foundation
© STV

The story of a Coatbridge schoolgirl who went missing more than 50 years ago is set to be turned into a film.

Moira Anderson was just 11-years-old when she disappeared in 1957, with some suspecting that she suffered at the hands of a local paedophile ring.

Sandra Brown, who blames her father Alexander Gartshore for being responsible for Moira's disappearance, is collaborating with a London scriptwriter to create a movie around the story.

Gartshore, a convicted child rapist, was the bus driver who last saw Moira alive and now The Where There is Evil author and founder of the Moira Anderson Foundation has started working with Amanda Duke to develop a tale centred around her dad's relationship with the girl.

The 64-year-old said: "There were several documentaries done and a drama documentary proposed in 2000. It got a script developed but after five or six drafts ITV decided it didn't get the funding. We think it's the right time now.

"The film will be more based on the first book Where There is Evil and her relationship with my father.

"If it goes onto the big screen, the money wouldn't directly fund the charity. What we'd really hope is that a movie or drama would help raise awareness.

"It's just a road I think is the right time to go down."

Sandra, who now lives in Edinburgh, met award winning scriptwriter Amanda Duke during a trip to London.

Amanda was recently in talks with Cascade Media about a separate project, but is hopeful that the Moira Anderson story will be picked up.

She said: "It's at a very early stage just now, we're working on the second draft of the script. I'm really excited.

"I was working on another project about a missing person and stumbled upon Sandra. So I read the book and I couldn't stop thinking about it.

"I started talking to Sandra and we have established a good working relationship. I actually called her from my summer holiday last year - I just couldn't let it go."

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. At least 6 characters please. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
At least 6 characters please
ShowHide
This field is required. At least 6 characters please.
You have to be 16 or over to join
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
Type your full postcode and select your address This field is required. It doesn't look like you've entered a valid postcode. Can't find your address? Confirm the details you've given us are correct by clicking here

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, including our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Any issues contact us.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.