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Adaptations
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Adaptations

A Guide to Adapting Literature to Film

Denise Faithfull with Brian Hannant
 

Turning a 250-page novel or a two-and-a-half-hour stage play into a 90-minute film means leaving out much of the original and changing most of what’s left. So why does it remain recognisably the same story? What is the slippery essence that transfers, unaltered, from page to screen?

In Adaptations, Denise Faithfull comprehensively and systematically addresses the thorny issues of choosing your source and type of adaptation, whether a liberal appropriation, a free-flowing intersection, a variation or a faithful translation. She illuminates questions of structure, character, dialogue and visualisation, and includes a checklist for the adaptor. Brian Hannant’s introductory chapter discusses the history of Australian film, the basic principles of filmmaking and screenwriting, and a guide to correct screenplay layout.

Drawing from dozens of Australian films including Così, Lantana, Hotel Sorrento, The Boys, Dead Heart, Death in Brunswick and Head On, Adaptations navigates the treacherous waters of the adaptation process, showing us what works … and what doesn’t.

For anyone who’s ever read a novel, seen a play or heard an incredible true story and thought, ‘Now, that would make a great film’, Adaptations is the ultimate on how to make it happen.


Review
Click here for a review by Nick Sidoryn, Marden Senior College, as published in the SAETA Newsletter.


Currency Press | 978-0-86819-792-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Bastard Boys
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Bastard Boys

Sue Smith
 
Bastard Boys is the story of the fight that stopped the nation—the 1998 battle for Australia's waterfront. More than just a dispute over reform, it became a campaign for the hearts and minds of all Australians. Controversial, all-consuming and combative, it forced people to pick a side and fight for their beliefs. Political thriller, war film, buddy movie, love story and courtroom drama all rolled into one, this is the story of the people behind one of the most significant events in Australia's recent past.

Iconic Australian actors Jack Thompson and Colin Friels lead an outstanding cast that includes: Geoff Morrell, Dan Wyllie, Justine Clarke, Rhys Muldoon and Lucy Bell.

Bastard Boys has been written with the cooperation and participation of all parties to the dispute. It is the first time participants such as former Patrick CEO, Chris Corrigan and ACTU Secretary, Greg Combet have agreed to tell their stories.

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  • The world of the wharves, the boardrooms and war rooms are places most of us will never visit or understand. Bastard Boys takes us there, makes sense and great drama all at once. It’s amazing. Ruth Richie, Sydney Morning Herald

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-809-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Beside Myself
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Beside Myself

An Actor's Life

Antony Sher
 

A remarkably candid autobiography, utterly involving and often startlingly revelatory, Beside Myself is an inspiration to young actors and a treat for seasoned theatregoers.

'I wish I'd read this book when I was starting out. Not only is Antony Sher one of the all-time greats of classical theatre, he also manages to be a writer of enormous skill and insight' David Tennant

Actor, author, artist Antony Sher grew up in the Old South Africa with a profound sense of being an outsider. Small, Jewish and secretly gay, he found refuge in theatre and escaped to London aged just nineteen.

In Beside Myself, Sher takes us to the heart of what it is to be an actor today, describing the journeys he undertakes in order to inhabit the roles for which he is famous - including The History Man (his TV breakthrough), Macbeth, Tamburlaine, Cyrano, Stanley Spencer and Richard III.

This edition, published to mark the author's 60th birthday, includes a new foreword and epilogue.

Review
'The most unsparingly honest actor's autobiography I have ever read.' - Michael Billington, Guardian



Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-035-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Blue Murder
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Blue Murder

Ian David
 
OUT OF PRINT

Set in Sydney in the 1970s and 1980s, this multi-award winning television drama centres on the notorious friendship between drug dealer and robber Arthur Stanley ‘Neddy’ Smith and Detective Sergeant Roger ‘The Dodger’ Rogerson. There’s a pot of gold involved but it doesn’t come easily or cheaply. This is a powerful and frightening story about police corruption and Sydney’s underworld.

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  • Australia’s best ever drama ... riveting viewing   - Jenny Tabakoff,   Sydney Morning Herald

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-630-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Boys, The (screenplay)
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Boys, The (screenplay)

Stephen Sewell
 
OUT OF PRINT

Based on the controversial stage play by Gordon Graham, The Boys is an unflinching analysis of the violence that lurks in Australian society. 

Returning home from prison, Brett sets about re-establishing control over his wayward brothers as he searches for an act the three brothers can participate in jointly, and thereby violate norms.

The play of The Boys is also available.

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-569-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Cheeky Monkey, The
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Cheeky Monkey, The

Writing Narrative Comedy

Tim Ferguson
 
From one of Australia's most successful comedians comes The Cheeky Monkey, a practitioner's guide to the art of comedy writing. Both insightful and practical, The Cheeky Monkey explains the principles of sitcom writing and guides the reader in how to apply them. Seeded with exercises to aid the developing comedy writer, this book will help you to:
  • Write jokes
  • Create funny stories
  • Build comic characters
  • Develop a sitcom
  • Sell your sitcom to producers and TV networks
Many of Tim's techniques can also be applied to film, stage, stand-up or indeed any form of comedy. You'll make 'em laugh before you know it.


Resources
  • Watch Tim talk about the controversy his book caused
  • Listen to Tim defend himself from the castigation of his peers
  • Visit Tim's website, and immerse yourself in the world of the Cheeky Monkey.
  • Read about Tim's first comedy experience

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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-861-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Comedy Bible, The
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Comedy Bible, The

Judy Carter
 

This is the definitive guide to making a career out of making people laugh. If you’ve got a sense of humour, you can learn to make a career out of comedy, says Judy Carter. Whether it’s creating a killer stand-up act, writing a spec sitcom, or providing jokes for radio or one-liners for greeting cards, Carter provides step-by-step instructions in The Comedy Bible. She helps readers first determine which genre of comedy writing or performing suits them best and then directs them in developing, refining, and selling their work.

Review
The Comedy Bible is proof God does have a sense of humour... Until comedians can enrol in a comedy 101 humourversity course at the school of hard knock-knocks, this is the next best thing. - Wil Anderson


Currency Press | 978-0-86819-741-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Dancing to His Song
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Dancing to His Song

The Singular Cinema of Rolf de Heer

Jane Freebury
 
Now available in print form or as an eBook

Currency Press and Currency House are proud to announce the joint publication of this comprehensive study of the work of filmmaker Rolf de Heer, Australia’s acknowledged auteur. Famed for never repeating himself, de Heer first gained national attention in 1993 with Bad Boy Bubby, then Dancing to My Song and Alexandra’s Project. Today he is most widely characterised by his ‘accidental trilogy’ in partnership with the actor David Gulpilil — The Tracker, Ten Canoes and the recently acclaimed Charlie’s Country.

In 16 chapters film critic Jane Freebury searches for the sources of de Heer’s inspiration and finds the secret of his success in an ethic of hard work, flexibility and self-reliance that meets challenges with ingenuity and keeps a steady focus on his vision. His films are recognised by their wry humour, pleasure in the reversal of fortune and the unique landscape of Australia and its inhabitants. His remarkable career as an independent filmmaker has much to teach young producers and directors. Each chapter discusses a single film: its conception and making, actors and creative team, reception and consequences. Such a book is long overdue.

The eBook is enhanced with illustrative clips from his films.

Watch Rolf de Heer talk about his career.

Read Jake Wilson's review of the book in the Australian Book Review

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Currency Press and Currency House | 978-1-92500-558-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | ePub & PB
Jedda
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Jedda

Australian Screen Classics

Jane Mills
 
Filmed in 1955 Jedda was the first Australian feature film to use Aboriginal actors in lead roles, the first to be filmed in colour and the first to be shown at the Cannes film festival.

It tells the tragic story of a young Aboriginal girl of the Arunte tribe, adopted by a white woman, Sarah McCann, as a surrogate for her own baby who has died. She raises her as a white child, isolating her from Aboriginal contact. But when Marbuck, an Aboriginal man seeking work arrives on the station, Jedda is fascinated by him.

Jedda was one of several popular melodramas of the post-World War II era that dealt with miscegenation. Mills explores these themes and the representation of Aboriginal people, while making comparisons to the Native American sub-genre of the Hollywood Western.

Jedda is the 14th title in the Australian Screen Classics series, co-published with National Film and Sound Archive.

  

           

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-920-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Lavender Bus, The
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Lavender Bus, The

How a Hit Movie Was Made and Sold

Al Clark
 

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Clark describes in hilarious detail how the outrageous film, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, became an international success, revealing much about the film industry along the way. In this revised edition, The Lavender Bus chronicles the follies of the film business as it outlines the preparation, production and marketing of Priscilla, reinforced by box office figures and soundtrack sales.

Review
I would urge anyone looking for an amusing, perceptive and remarkably accurate portrait of today's international movie business not to miss this Australian published account of the making of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert by its producer.  The best "making of" book since John Boorman's Money into Light (a virtually impossible act to follow)... - Sight and Sound, UK 


Currency Press | 978-0-86819-575-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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