An A-List team of writers and producers are hoping to bring Power without Glory back to television.
Oscar-nominated producer Jane Scott and screenwriters Jan Sardi (Shine, The Secret River) and Mac Gudgeon (The Last Ride, The Secret River) have secured the TV rights for the classic novel from the Estate of the late author Frank Hardy.
A 1976 production starring Martin Vaughan, Ros Spiers and George Mallaby won rave reviews when it aired on ABC and won Logie and industry awards.
Scott and Sardi are long-time collaborators on films including Shine and Mao’s Last Dancer while both writers worked on ABC’s upcoming Secret River. No broadcaster is yet attached to the project.
“This will be gripping television. John West’s cut-throat building of a gambling and business empire and his pursuit of political power at all costs is as fresh and relevant today as when the book was first published,” Jane Scott said.
An epic tale of corruption, bribery and murder set in early 20th Century Australia, Power without Glory charts the inglorious rise of gambling czar and political kingmaker John West from his poverty stricken beginnings in the slums and alleyways of Melbourne, to one of the most powerful and corrupt men in the land.
In the history of Australian literature few books have been as controversial as Frank Hardy’s Power without Glory. Carved from the dark history and deeper forces that shaped Australia, it tells a story of mythic dimensions, about a newly minted nation through the journey of one man, Australia’s own “Citizen Kane”. Yet behind West’s unquenchable thirst for power and wealth is a man fiercely loyal to his family and his working class roots, whose fate will ultimately be decided by the indomitable women in his life.