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Adapting for the Screen

  • CH2, Level 2 Crown Conference Centre 8 Whiteman Street Southbank VIC 3006 (map)

Every great film begins with a great story – so what if that story first originated as a novel? How can we translate the potential we see on pages into cinematic stories on screen? Focusing on craft over business, this panel will look at the process of adapting pre-existing IP into film/ tv series and the challenges filmmakers face when bringing characters and settings created for the pages into the third dimension.

Director of Scripted at Fremantle, Jo Porter will be guiding the conversation with her experience re-imagining the iconic Australian novel Picnic at Hanging Rock and currently developing Richard Flanagan’s Booker award winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North for the screen.

Angie Fielder (Aquarius Films) will discuss the process of bringing Tim Winton’s latest adaptation, Dirt Music, to life from a fully developed script brought to her by Wildgaze Films. Several screenwriters attempted to adapt this whirlwind love story without success yet Wildgaze and subsequently Aquarius felt writer Jack Thorne was able to capture the essence of the novel despite making edits in the writing process, proving its international appeal with the World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival.

UK / Scottish Producer Claire Mundell (Synchronicity Films) and Australian Writer Jacquelin Perske (Seven Types of Ambiguity) will discuss developing the powerful BBC/ABC series The Cry, adapted from Helen FitzGerald’s novel. Attracted to the possibility of playing with a non-linear structure, Jacquelin and Claire collaborated long distance to bring this four part series to life. From this hugely successful Scottish-Aussie co-production, Claire has several more co-pros in the pipeline, and laughingly refers to the fact that she may have discovered a new genre of “Scaussie Noir”.

Brittney Montag, Session Producer

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