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Arena acquires film rights to Cobby Eckermann’s ‘Ruby Moonlight’

Production company Arenamedia has acquired screen adaptation rights to Ali Cobby Eckermann’s verse novel Ruby Moonlight (Magabala Books), via Natasha Solomun at The Rights Hive.

Arenamedia partnered with No Coincidence Media to option Ruby Moonlight after first encountering the title at Melbourne International Film Festival’s Books at MIFF event in 2018.

‘On first reading of Ali’s novel Arenamedia was blown away by its form, narrative power, themes and artistic fortitude,’ Arenamedia’s head of development Louise Gough told Books+Publishing. ‘The project is currently in active development and we are passionate about Ali’s work, the support of Magabala Books and the vision of the filmmaker, to bring this work to cinemas in due course.’

‘I am so thrilled for this book,’ said Solomun. ‘It’s been one of my favourites long before I started working with Magabala. It’s a slim volume of a multilayered story that reveals something new upon each reading. I’m really excited to see how Arena will bring this to the screen.’

Arenamedia is currently adapting Tim Winton’s Blueback and Alison Lester’s Magic Beach. It has previously produced film versions of both Winton’s The Turning (Penguin) and Erik Jensen’s Acute Misfortune (Black Inc.).


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