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First Glimpse of 'Joy': The True Story of the First IVF Birth

Don't miss this film about one of the most remarkable medical breakthroughs of the 20th Century.

Image: Tomas Mazowski
Updated: April 10, 2024
Image Credit: Netflix

Allthough we don't know the release date yet, we are quite excited about the upcoming Netflix film 'Joy'. Directed by Ben Taylor, it is the fascinating (and true) story of the world’s first IVF baby. 

Here's what Netflix has to say about the plot:

Joy tells the remarkable true story behind the ground-breaking birth of Louise Joy Brown in 1978, the world’s first ‘test-tube- baby’, and the tireless 10-year journey to make it possible. Told through the perspective of Jean Purdy, a young nurse and embryologist, who joined forces with scientist Robert Edwards and surgeon Patrick Steptoe to unlock the puzzle of infertility by pioneering in vitro fertilisation (IVF). The film celebrates the power of perseverance and the wonders of science as it follows this maverick trio of visionaries who overcame tremendous odds and opposition to realise their dream, and in doing so allowed millions of people to dream with them.

Joy features Bill Nighy as Patrick Steptoe, James Norton as Robert Edwards and Thomasin McKenzie in the role of nurse Jean Purdy. We'll give an update once the release date is know, in the meantime be sure to check out the first look trailer below:

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