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A Guide to Adapting Literature to Film

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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.

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


DENISE FAITHFULL was born and raised in Western Australia. After travelling through Europe she moved to California where she lived for eight years, working in publishing and journalism. She finished her undergraduate degree at UCLA and, after finally settling in Sydney, completed an MA (Hons) in Australian Literature followed by a PhD at the University of Sydney. After working as a freelance book editor, Denise joined TAFE in 1984 and has since taught English, Film and Media Studies and Communication. Chapters Two–Six of Adaptations are based on her doctoral thesis on adapting literature to film. She is married to a photographer and has two sons.

BRIAN HANNANT has been a filmmaker for more than thirty years. He learnt his craft at Film Australia before freelancing as a screenwriter/director of documentary and drama films. He worked as a script executive at the Australian Film Commission—where he supported and first edited the script that became Shine—and as Head of Directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Brian has taught screenwriting at several universities and, currently, at Sydney Film School, and lectured overseas on film theory and directing. He has made three documentary film series in South East Asia. His best-known feature credit is for Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (as co-writer and second unit director).