Emily Bitto’s Stella Prize winning The Strays set for TV adaptation

See Pictures and Apogee Pictures have teamed up to produce a television adaptation of Emily Bitto‘s The Strays, with Picnic At Hanging Rock screenwriter Beatrix Christian attached as head writer.

Author Bitto said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to have The Strays adapted for television and couldn’t be more excited about the brilliant group of creatives who will be working on it!”

Published by Affirm Press in 2015, Bitto’s novel explores what happens when a violent act in the past of a subversive group of artists is linked to the death of a young woman in the present. One of those involved must decide whether to expose a now influential member of the establishment, in order to prevent further tragedy.

The Strays was the first debut work to win the Stella Prize, taking home the 2015 award.

Sonia Borella of the Australia based See Pictures, and Jo Monk, founder of UK production company Apogee Pictures, said:

 “We’re thrilled to be collaborating in adapting Emily Bitto’s brilliant and timely novel.  To be working with some of Australia’s most formidable and exciting talent is a testament to the strength of the material. Set against the hedonistic art world of 1930s Sydney, and 1970s London during the rise of the feminist movement, the series is a searing psycho-sexual drama that brings into sharp focus some pressing questions about sex, power, complicity and blame.”

Borella and Monk will begin meeting with potential partners at media conference Content London early next month.

While we wait for more info on the upcoming series, you can pick up a copy of The Strays now, published by Affirm Press.

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