‘The Strays’ to be adapted into six-part drama series
Emily Bitto’s Stella Prize-winning novel The Strays (Affirm) will be adapted into a six-part drama series as a co-production of See Pictures and Apogee Pictures.
Beatrix Christian (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Jindabyne) will be the lead writer on the series. The project will be co-produced by Sonia Borella for See Pictures and Jo Monk for Apogee Pictures, and directed by Shannon Murphy.
Inspired by the Heide Circle, The Strays explores what happens when a violent act in the past of a subversive group of artists is linked to the death of a young woman in the present. One of those involved must decide whether to expose a now influential member of the establishment, in order to prevent further tragedy.
‘The Strays is an incendiary device beautifully disguised as a girl’s memoir and it is absolutely current. It explores a frightening blind-spot in the worldview of people who are otherwise progressive,’ said Christian.
Borella and Monk said, ‘We’re thrilled to be collaborating in adapting Emily Bitto’s brilliant and timely novel. To be working with some of Australia’s most formidable and exciting talent is a testament to the strength of the material.’
Borella and Monk will be attending the upcoming Content London event, where they will be meeting with potential partners.