ABC to adapt The Secret River for television

The ABC have announced they’re developing Kate Grenville’s award-winning, critically acclaimed novel The Secret River into a television miniseries.

The Secret River Image - Heidrun Lohr
The Secret River
Image – Heidrun Lohr

Earlier this year, Sydney Theatre Company received standing ovations from sold-out audiences for its triumphant adaptation of the book. Adapted by Andrew Bovell and directed by Neil Armfield, the production garnered five star reviews and was declared an instant classic.

AussieTheatre’s Cassie Tongue said; “This might be the most important work STC produces this decade; it’s certainly the best thing they have produced in years.” Click here to read her review.

The television adaptation will be written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jan Sardi (Shine, Mao’s Last Dancer) and Mac Gudgeon. Producers Stephen Luby and Mark Ruse of Ruby Entertainment are behind the project.

The Secret River is a profound and moving story that has captivated its readers. It’s wonderful that ABC TV can help bring such an iconic, landmark novel to a broader Australian audience.’ said Carole Sklan, Head of ABC TV Fiction.

Producer, Stephen Luby said; “It’s a great privilege to be working with ABC TV on a project which promises to be not only wonderful viewing, but is truly about us, about Australia. When I first read Kate Grenville’s novel, I felt it was a story that all Australians should have the opportunity to encounter. This collaboration with ABC TV offers just such an opportunity.”

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