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Synchronicity Australia options FitzGerald’s ‘Ash Mountain’ for screen

Synchronicity Australia, the new Melbourne-based arm of Glasgow production company Synchronicity Films, has acquired screen rights to Helen FitzGerald’s forthcoming novel Ash Mountain (Affirm, March 2021).

Affirm Press described Ash Mountain as ‘a uniquely Australian domestic noir, a warm, darkly funny portrait of small-town life in rural Victoria and a visceral account of a catastrophic event that changes things forever’.

‘Set against the backdrop of a blistering summer and disastrous bushfires, it’s an incredible story of a woman and a land in crisis.’

FitzGerald’s 2013 novel The Cry (A&U) was the basis for Synchronicity Films’ 2018 television adaptation of the same name. Synchronicity Films founder and creative director Claire Mundell said: ‘Having spent a considerable amount of time in Australia filming The Cry we feel a real affinity with the country, so it’s a natural place for us to set up a new office to originate projects.’

Australian-born, Glasgow-based FitzGerald said she is excited to be developing Ash Mountain for the screen. ‘This one is really special to me for a whole host of reasons, but mostly the setting. I’ve been away from Australia for so long, but the country is in my bones.’

Affirm acquired ANZ rights to Ash Mountain from Philip Patterson at Marjacq. The novel was published in the UK this year by Orenda Books, for whom Affirm is Australian distribution partner.


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