Story of Billie Jordan, founder of Hip Op-eration dance crew, to be made

The tale of the Kiwi woman who founded the oldest hip-hoppers dance group in the world has been bought by a Hollywood producer.

Founder and manager of the Hip Op-eration crew, Billie Jordan, 46, said the rights to her life-story had been sold to a top film production company.

Her crew, of seven members aged 71 - 96, based on Waiheke Island, held the Guinness World Record for the oldest dance group.

Jordan couldn't divulge which production company had bought the rights, but said the making of the movie would begin as early as next year.

"I get to attend the USA film premiere, which will be exciting and I'm sure I'll be having many surreal 'pinch me', moments over the next few years."

She said several companies had approached her late last year, and earlier this year after seeing her speak at a Ted Talk.

"They felt I had a life story which could make a great film.

"The film production company I ended up choosing is one of the top film production companies in the world.

"The producers have some strong Kiwi connections; so I knew they'd get me and get the essence of what it means to be a New Zealander and how we see the world."

She said as a survivor of childhood abuse and the Christchurch earthquakes - there'll be more to her story than hip-hop.

"It's good that most people only know me for my work with the Hip Op-eration Crew, because it means I still have about 80% of my life story left to share."

- NZ Herald

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