Filming is underway in Victoria this week on the adaptation of Kate Grenville’s novel, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2006 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
The 2 x 90 minute mini-series sees Jackson-Cohen and Snook (Sisters of War), as a convict and his free settler wife, transported to the new colony of New South Wales in 1805. The Secret River dramatises the colonisation of Australia and the escalating conflict between the original Indigenous inhabitants and the newly arrived white convicts and settlers.
They will be joined by Lachy Hulme, Tim Minchin, Genevieve Lemon and Trevor Jamieson.
Produced by Stephen Luby of Ruby Entertainment and directed by Daina Reid it has been adapted for television by Jan Sardi and Mac Gudgeon.
“Producer, Stephen Luby and director Daina Reid have assembled a fantastic cast and crew to realize this landmark drama. A love story and story of outcasts, the drama ultimately looks at how good people are capable of doing terrible things,” said Carole Sklan, Head of ABC TV Fiction.
Stephen Luby added: “It’s thrilling and exciting that we will begin filming next week with such a stunning cast and a brilliant and committed team behind the cameras, including our wonderful director Daina Reid, screenwriters Jan Sardi and Mac Gudgeon, production designer Herbert Pinter, DOP Bruce Young and costume designer Edie Kurzer. It has been a long journey to bring this project to the screen and I am very grateful to the ABC for supporting this powerful and moving Australian story”.
The Secret River will shoot for eight weeks in locations across Victoria and on The Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney.