Book-to-film adaptations receive development funding from Screen Australia


Three book-to-film adaptations are among the projects receiving story development funding from Screen Australia.

The projects, and their producers, are:

  • A feature film adaptation of the novel, The natural way of things (Charlotte Wood, A&U) by Katia Nizic and Emma Dockery from Generator Pictures) with Sue Maslin as executive producer on the project.
  • A hybrid live-action and animated feature film adaptation, created by 10 top Australian animators, of the children’s book Magic beach (Alison Lester, A&U) produced by Robert Connolly and Liz Kearney of Arenamedia.
  • An action-adventure film adaptation of a Finnish book Monster Nanny (Tuutikki Tolonen, Pasi Pitkanen & Annira Silver, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) produced by Ridley Scott of Scott Free Productions and Sylvia Wilczynski of Red Lamp Films.

Development funds “allow works to continue throughout the creative process, for example by allowing the writer to work on other sketches, in order to prepare the title for production.”

This is the latest list of story development projects to receive funding under Screen Australia’s previous development guidelines, which were superseded on July 1, 2018.

As previously stated by Books + Publishing, the film rights to Charlotte Wood’s 2015 novel were first purchased by producers Katia Nizic and Emma Dockery in 2016.

To see full descriptions of funded projects, click here.

Key words: Alison lesterCharlotte woodAustralia ScreenStory developmentThe natural way of things

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