Lost the Plot?

Still from Underbelly of woman walking down a busy neon-lit street Still from 'Underbelly: The Golden Mile'

May 17 2011

In the AFTRS sponsored session at this year's Sydney Writers' Festival we start
with a question:

If 73 percent of all Academy Award-winning Best Pictures are adaptations, and of the 200 Australian films released between 1999 and 2008 only 38 were adaptations, why then, does Australia do so few?

The session brings a panel of industry heavyweights including: Greg Haddrick, award-winning screenwriter of Cloudstreet and Underbelly, screenwriter John Collee, who has adapted such challenging authors as Patrick O'Brien's Master and Commander and Charles Darwin's Creation and director Gilliam Armstrong.

The panel discussion will be chaired by Ross Grayson Bell, Head of Screenwriting at AFTRS and the producer of Fight Club (adapted from Chuck Palahniuk's novel).

The pitfalls and rewards of adapting literary works for the screen both big and small will be explored. Should be fun!


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.