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Back of Beyond, The
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Back of Beyond, The

Australian Screen Classics

Sylvia Lawson
 
The Back of Beyond celebrates the life and times of Australia’s best known outback mail man Tom Kruse MBE. Every fortnight he battled isolation, heat, sand dunes and floods to deliver mail and supplies to the families along the 517 kilometre Birdsville Track in central Australia.

Representing the complex interrelations of the multicultural community and their environs, the film is considered by many to be one of Australia’s premier films, and is an exemplary representation of 1950s Australian transformational culture.

The Back of Beyond is the 15th title in the Australian Screen Classics series, co-published with the National Film and Sound Archive.




Currency Press | 978-0-86819-975-7 | 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
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
Chopper
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Chopper

Andrew Dominik
 
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This provocative screenplay takes us inside the mind of Mark Brandon ‘Chopper’ Read, one of Australia’s most notorious criminals, whose sometimes violent antics have earned him cult status.

Includes an introduction from the writer-director, a foreword by Mark Read and stills from the film.

    Review
It’s a terrific script—wildly entertaining, well-written and surprisingly touching .  -  Scenario, USA.

    Awards
  • 2000 AFI Awards - Best Director, Best Actor for Eric Bana and Best Supporting Actor for Simon Lyndon.

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-642-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Dead Heart - screenplay
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Dead Heart - screenplay

Nick Parsons
 
A white schoolteacher's wife has an affair with an Aboriginal teacher's aide. When tribal law is broken, how will two divergent legal systems administer their competing versions of justice? Adapted by Nick Parsons from his award winning stage playDead Heart screened at the international film festivals of Toronto, Hampton, Hamburg, London and Los Angeles.

The full script with stills from the film is introduced by David Stratton.
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-459-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Grass Roots
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Grass Roots

OUT OF PRINT

Geoffrey Atherden, Katherine Thomson & Michael Brindley
 
This collection of eight scripts from the first series of Grass Roots, first broadcast on ABC TV, is a hugely entertaining read, characterised by concise and witty dialogue. The scripts include the often hilarious stage directions which have, up until now, been known only to a select few. Much of the comedy centres on the minutiae of council business and the power plays so rife in politics.

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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-689-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Lantana
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Lantana

Andrew Bovell
 
When a woman disappears, four marriages become entangled in a web of love, deceit, sex and death. Who will survive? 

Based on Bovell’s own award-winning play, Speaking in Tongues, Lantana is an intriguing drama about love, infidelity, mistrust and mistakes. 

Review
A literate, densely layered, seamlessly constructed script … a moody, intensely emotional thriller. -  If Magazine

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-659-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Looking for Alibrandi
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Looking for Alibrandi

The screenplay

Melina Marchetta
 
Looking for Alibrandi chronicles a year in the life of Josie Alibrandi, a third-generation Italian-Australian on the brink of adulthood. In her last year of school, Josie grapples with the awkwardness of first love, the grief of unexpected death and the uncovered secrets of her family history. It's a turbulent year for Josie as she seeks to find her place in the world. 

Brimming with warmth, humour and vitality, Looking for Alibrandi pits the desire to be independent against the need to belong, in a story that will appeal to all ages. 

The full screenplay and stills from the film are published here with an introduction by Anna Maria Dell'oso and an essay by Marchetta about adapting her award-winning novel for the screen.

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-623-7 | Sales: worldwide | PB
Muriel's Wedding
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Muriel's Wedding

The screenplay

P. J. Hogan
 
Muriel, an unhappy young woman in dismal surroundings, sets out to overcome obstacles such as her family, her joblessness, and her obsession with 70s glamour rockers ABBA. This film was a huge hit in 1995 and is now an Australian cinema classic.

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-429-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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