Sydney Writers' Festival Session with AFTRS
- Sunday May 20 (4:00 pm - 5:30 pm)
- Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
- Craig Pearce, Michael Petroni, Ross Grayson Bell (facilitator)
With more Australian screenwriters and filmmakers tackling
adaptations of literary classics, what are the dangers and rewards
of re-interpreting the classics?
Australian screenwriter Craig Peace, co-writer
with Baz Luhrmann of the adaptations of The Great Gatsby
and Romeo + Juliet, joins Michael
Petroni, adaptor of the third instalment of the Narnia
Chronciles: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and the current
head of screenwriting at AFTRS and producer of Fight Club,
Ross Grayson Bell, to discuss honouring literary
classics in a screen medium.
Stay with us following the session as AFTRS provides refreshments and an opportunity for an informal discussion.
For more information go the SWF website >
Craig Pearce (Australian)
Craig Pearce co-wrote with Baz Luhrmann Strictly Ballroom, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rouge. These films have won countless accolades including an AFI Award for Best Screenplay (Strictly Ballroom), a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (Romeo + Juliet) and eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Film (Moulin Rouge). In 2010 Universal Studios released Craig's adaptation of Charlie St. Cloud starring Zac Efron. Craig's latest collaboration with Baz Luhrmann is The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.
Michael Petroni (Australian)
Michael Petroni is a graduate of the American Film Institute. While at AFI he wrote his award-winning directorial debut, Till Human Voices Wake Us. Michaelʼs recently produced work includes the supernatural horror/thriller The Rite and the third instalment in The Chronicles of Narnia franchise, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. His current studio projects include Afterlife and The Book Thief. Most recently Michael wrote the sequel to 20th Century Fox's Master and Commander.
Ross Grayson Bell (Australian)
Ross Grayson Bell spent 20 years in Los Angeles where he produced Fight Club and executive produced Under Suspicion. As a screenwriter, 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 adapted Mark Leech's autobiography, A Product of the System and the story of Barry Cox, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing in Perfect Cantonese. He is currently adapting Susan Duncan's national bestseller, Salvation Creek, as well as heading the screenwriting department at AFTRS.