The Dry movie out on New Year's Day

The Dry movie out on New Year's Day

Friday, October 23, 2020

The film adaptation of Jane Harper's award-winning novel The Dry is set to open in Australian cinemas on January 1.

Starring Australian screen legend Eric Bana and directed by Robert Connolly (Balibo, Paper Planes, Deep State), The Dry movie was filmed across more than 15 towns in rural Victoria, Australia, last year.

Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies, Gone Girl, The Nightingale), Jodi Matterson (Down Under, 2:22) and Steve Hutensky (2:22, The Nightingale) produced The Dry for Made Up Stories. Bana and Connolly are executive producers on the project.

Jane said the finished film was superb.

"It's such a great adaptation in that it celebrates the spirit and characters of The Dry and remains faithful to the story, while still being a fantastic movie in its own right," Jane said.

"I loved it and I know readers will too.

"My huge thanks go to producers Made Up Stories and director and screenwriter Robert Connolly who has been such a driving force behind this beautiful adaptation.

"The entire cast is outstanding. Genevieve O’Reilly is perfect as Gretchen and I simply couldn’t have asked for a better Aaron Falk than Eric Bana. He has brought the role to life on screen in an incredible way, and has really captured the heart and soul of a character that means a lot to me."

Ahead of production, Bana said: "I am incredibly excited to be part of the team bringing this thrilling and evocative novel to life. I love the journey of Falk and can't wait to bring him to life."

"Jane Harper's The Dry  is a powerful contemporary story with big mythic themes driven by a thrilling crime story," added Connolly.

"I am delighted to be collaborating with Eric again, along with working with Bruna and the team at Made Up Stories on this adaptation for the screen of such an incredibly cinematic and emotionally charged work."

The news comes as Jane's fourth novel, The Survivors, is enthusiastically received by readers in Australia, with releases in the United States and United Kingdom planned for early 2021.

More than 1 million copies of The Dry have been sold worldwide. The book has been awarded numerous major prizes internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel, the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year and the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year.

The film adaption of The Dry received major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria. It will be distributed by Roadshow Films in Australia and New Zealand.

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