In a rapidly changing media landscape, three Australian storytellers have broken through the clutter to captivate the world and Hollywood. In a panel discussion on what makes a story universal, film producer, Ross Grayson Bell (Fight Club), talks to: award-winning author, Graeme Simsion, about the success of his novel, The Rosie Project; film producer, Ian Collie, about adapting his documentary on P.L. Travers into the global, box office hit, Saving Mr Banks; and author, Hannah Kent, about her sensational, debut novel, Burial Rites, which has just been optioned by Hollywood with Jennifer Lawrence attached to star.
Presented by AFTRS.
Graeme Simsion (Australian)
Graeme Simsion was born in Auckland and is a Melbourne-based business consultant and writer of short stories, plays, screenplays and two non-fiction books. His first novel, The Rosie Project, began life as a screenplay, winning the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy before being adapted into a novel. It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold around the world to forty countries in deals approaching two million dollars. graemesimsion.com
Ian Collie (Australian)
Ian Collie is a producer and principal at Essential Media and Entertainment, one of Australia’s leading independent production companies. Collie’s credits include three seasons of the highly acclaimed ABC TV series Rake; three telemovies based on Peter Temple's Jack Irish book series; and a further Peter Temple adaption, The Broken Shore. Collie is also Executive Producer on the US version of Rake starring Greg Kinnear, currently screening on Fox in the US. He also produced the feature film Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.
Hannah Kent (Australian)
Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. As a teenager she travelled to Iceland on a Rotary Exchange, where she first heard the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir.Hannah is the co-founder and publishing director of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, and is completing her PhD at Flinders University. In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. Burial Rites is her first novel. It has been translated into twenty languages. hannahkentauthor.com
Ross Grayson Bell (Australian)
Ross Grayson Bell is an independent film producer and screenwriter. As a producer, his feature film credits include: Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton; and Under Suspicion, starring Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman. As a screenwriter he is currently adapting Susan Duncan’s top-selling memoir, Salvation Creek. His adaptation of Tom Spanbauer's novel, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, landed him on the British List of Best Unproduced Screenplays. He is also Senior Judge at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.