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Screenworthy stories

Each year Australian publishers, literary agents, and film and TV agents meet and mingle at the Melbourne International Film Festival’s Books at MIFF event. As well as attending one-on-one meetings, publishers are given the opportunity to pitch their most ‘screenworthy’ stories at a book-to-screen panel. This year’s titles (chosen by organisers) were: Ruby Moonlight (Ali Cobby Eckermann, Magabala), Dear Pakistan (Rosanne Hawke, Rhiza Edge), The Sunday Girl (Pip Drysdale, Simon & Schuster), Rapture (Jeremy Stanford, Tale Publishing), The Elephant (Peter Carnavas, University of Queensland Press) and Surrogate (Tracy Crisp, Wakefield Press).

The past month has also seen the announcement of a number of film and TV adaptation deals, most notably, the screen rights for Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s forthcoming Nine Perfect Strangers, but also for two popular crime-fiction and romantic-comedy debuts (see Rights sales and acquisitions).

Andrea Hanke
Think Australian


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