4 December 2018
Best-selling novel by Melbourne-based author Jane Harper The Dry will be adapted for the screen and filmed in regional Victoria – boosting economic activity across the state and showcasing Victoria to an international audience.
Actor Eric Bana and Director Robert Connolly Photo: Rebecca Bana
Since winning the Unpublished Manuscript Award at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards in 2015, the novel has gone from strength to strength – selling 50,000 copies in its first six months and winning over a dozen awards.
The film version will be helmed by Victorian director Robert Connolly (Paper Planes, Balibo) with Victorian actor and executive producer Eric Bana (The Castle, Munich, Troy) cast as the lead, and Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies), Jodi Matterson (Down Under, 2:22) and Steve Hutensky (2:22, The Nightingale)producing.
Supported by Film Victoria’s Production Incentives, filming and post-production will span four months, with the entire 38-day shoot taking place in regional Victorian locations, with towns, rivers, countryside and arid landscapes creating the fictional community of Kiewarra.
The Dry is expected to inject more than $8 million into the state during production and post-production, and will create 162 jobs for Victorian crew. The production will also engage around 40 local businesses and service providers.
As a story that is both set and filmed in Victoria, The Dry offers a unique opportunity for regional Victoria to be promoted on the global stage, generating flow-on effects for local tourism.
The Dry is due to be released in January 2020. The film has received major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria. It will be distributed by Roadshow Films in Australia and New Zealand.