Film and TV Rights

  • 2 florrie forde Florrie by Penelope Upward

Film/tv Rights available through Golvan Arts Management (https://www.golvanarts.com.au/contact-us).

The script is available for this Musical Biographical Feature Film that reveals early Australian and English Vaudeville, Pantomime and Music Hall theatre through Florrie Forde's colourful life and times. She was born in Melbourne 1875 and died in the UK in 1940 and the storyline follows her colourful life and includes many of the songs she made famous. 

From 1903 Florrie Forde made over 700 recordings and was a star of Music Hall/Pantomime, who popularised the songs Pack Up Your Troubles  and It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

The script writer, Florrie’s great-niece Penelope Upward, comes from a family of people devoted to the arts for four generations. Her grandfather George Upward designed stage sets for His Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne from 1903 to 1950. Penelope and her brother Peter grew up in the paint room behind the theatre. She has also written two children's plays and a version of this script as a stage play.


See more information on Florrie Ford at https://www.nfsa.gov.au/collection/curated/australias-women-song .

 

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peeling the onionFinding yourself in hospital, in a bed of shattered glass, is traumatic. Coming to terms with multiple fractures and probable long-term difficulties is something else again – slow, painful, full of obstacles and questions with no clear answers. Anna is used to being athletic, popular, ‘normal’. Now she feels the layers of her familiar self being peeled away: nothing is normal or easy. Can she pick up the pieces of her life? What part will Hayden and Luke play? And who, now, is Anna Duncan?

This was an Honour Book in the 1997 Children’s Book Council Awards Older Readers Section and is being studied in many secondary schools. It is a dramatic story that lends itself to film adaptation. Peeling the Onion has been translated into Danish, Italian, German and Dutch and is published in English in Australasia, the UK and North America.

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Unlike most Holocaust movies, this story is also suitable for younger viewers, yet is based on real events. The author invented Miri, but not what Miri does, feels, or witnesses. 

Miri’s dramatic story is based on the life of a girl who escaped the Warsaw ghetto in a sideboard - one of only four children to do so. We identify with Miri in the warm, happy atmosphere of her life in pre-war Poland; then, through her eyes, see the escalating horror of those times as she smuggles food into the ghetto, risks her life taking her younger sister to safety, hides in attics and cellars to escape deportation, climbs precariously onto rooftops to evade the Nazis; and lives with fighters preparing for the uprising. 

Miri, like Anne Frank, is a lively, engaging character, but Miri’s personal experiences provide a broader insight into life under the Nazis.

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IncrediblePowersOfMontagueTowersSo this crazy guy in a cape has given you super powers, but you only get one a day for six days and you have to solve the crime of the century.

This book has everything you could ask for in a family movie: super powers, bad jokes, suspense, danger, slapstick and a nervous young hero who does almost everything wrong but still, eventually, wins the day. It is a funny, fast-moving adventure with strong characters and visual action driving the narrative. The story lends itself equally to animation or live action.

Picture a boy who can fly like a bird but gets tangled up in a flock of ducks, a super villain who is a nastier, fatter version of Sidney Greenstreet from the Maltese Falcon; and an elderly superhero whose x-ray vision is so bad he can only see through one blurry image to another equally blurry one underneath.

 

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DancingintheDark Flux CoverForbidden by her ultra-orthodox Jewish parents to have ballet lessons, a young girl starts to dance in secret, ultimately having to choose between her family and a career as a dancer.

Since dance is an art form best perceived through visual means, Dancing in the Dark naturally lends itself to film. The story has a strong and sympathetic central character who is determined to dance despite her family and community’s fierce disapproval and eventual ostracism. This conflict between self-actualisation and family loyalty is a universal one, as are the related themes of culture clash, feminism, personal freedom and the divisive nature of religious extremism. Set primarily in suburban Melbourne, the film would be relatively easy and cost-effective to produce, and while the physical locale of the movie would have a familiar or relatable feel to most viewers, the story reveals a ‘hidden’ and intriguing culture. Dancing in the Dark is similar in genre to Billy Elliot, Bend it Like Beckham and Looking for Alibrandi, and as a feature film would likely appeal to a mass market audience, not just to teens.

 

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Flux Cover PirouetteThis twist on a popular twin swap story combined with great dancing and choreography has the potential to be a wonderful movie. The story itself is extremely filmic, the dance scenes almost begging for screen adaptation. Pirouette is bound to appeal to a wide audience of tweens, teens, and lovers of dance. Climactic moments in the story such as when the two girls ‘out’ themselves as identical twins to family and friends by dancing together on stage are truly captivating. Moreover, the twins’ trials, involving their aspirations, boyfriends, peer troubles and tensions around the swap, culminating in the ultimate ‘happy ending,’ make for a heart-warming, feel-good movie that is entertainment at its best. 

 

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Inside Out was shortlisted for 5 Australian literary prizes in 2004 and 2005.

In this wonderful book, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes funny, Robert tells the story of his childhood and early adulthood in fifties and sixties Australia. Settings include fishing on the stunning Hawkesbury River
with his grandfather, Robert with his birds, and the cruelty of juvenile detention and prisons. Part of the story can be filmed as a road movie and love story, a ‘Rebel with a Cause’ set in the Australian landscape between Sydney and Brisbane. However, in prison, Robert is introduced to books and dreams of becoming a writer.

‘Robert Adamson’s story is one of miracles, of common dreams, of pain, separation and hard earned triumph.’ (Robert Creeley).

 

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This powerful and dramatic adventure, based on the history and mythology of Ancient Crete, is by an award winning, internationally recognized author. It could be adapted to either the big or small screen as an animated or live action feature film or television series.

Aissa, the female main character transcends her bleak and desperate existence, to eventually become a leader. She must learn not only the acrobatics of somersaulting over a charging bull, but learn to trust in others: the mother figures that she learns from, her team mates, and most of all, the gentle strength and loyalty of the male protagonist Luki, the other tribute youth from her small island. With Aissa and Luki, both males and females have resourceful and resilient characters to identify with and dream about. A Bronze Aged Hunger Games!

 

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Broken Song is the seminal love story of the Centre of Australia - a tale of cultural and personal heartbreak, of obsession and possession with regard to the past and the future.

This story of Ted Strehlow has been described as ‘one of the great Australian books.’ A complex, brilliant man in three languages (German, English, Aranda), a lover of women and ‘his’ Aboriginal country, he grew up on the Hermannsburg Mission at a time of bloody frontier settlement. He devoted his life to collecting the secret sacred songs and the sacred objects (which held the ancestor spirits of the songs). Like no one else in Australian history he could claim such inside knowledge as to declare himself ‘the last of the Aranda.’ Yet having done so much to win trust, he was to betray it in our modern period.

Broken Song won numerous prestigious prizes, including Premier's Awards (Vic 2003, NSW 2004), the National Biography Award 2004 and the Tasmania Pacific Bicentenary History Prize 2004; and it's been proudly kept in print by its publishers as a classic. Incredibly rich archival material is there to be drawn upon. Ideal for an Australia-Germany co-production. A post-colonial saga that will speak to all cultures, an Australian Passage to India.

 

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Fraying has the essentials a script writer needs: drama, universal themes with international appeal (parent-child relationships, ageing, memory loss); and endearing characters. Elspeth McLean in The Otago Daily Times, NZ wrote: ‘Gierck's mother's memory is failing and the story tells how she moves from living independently into care and ultimately dies. This might sound dull, but I found myself keen to find out what happened next as Gierck helped her mother through multiple assessments and various setbacks.’

Think Still Alice, sped up (Jean’s decline takes only 18 months), with humour, and daily dramas. The characters, particularly 88-year-old, stoic, upbeat, brandy-loving, Jean, who works week days patrolling a school crossing; and her daughter, Michele, are often at a loss to know what to do next. 

The story involves dialogue that engages; and comedy, which regularly arrives like a refreshing monsoonal shower after a buildup of drive-you-nuts medical bureaucracy. 

 

ravens mountain coverFilm/tv Rights available through Golvan Arts Management (https://www.golvanarts.com.au/contact-us).

Eleven year-old Raven, her nearly fourteen year-old sister Lily and their stepfather Scott hike up a mountain. Near the summit, Raven races ahead and is thrown down the cliff in a rockslide, landing bruised but uninjured. Scott and Lily shelter under an overhanging ledge and are sealed in. Raven heads down the mountain alone for help. In the quest to save her sister and stepfather, she is alternately inspired and terrified by nature and animals (including a rare white Spirit Bear with one white cub and one black). Will she find help in time to save Lilly and Scott?

This book is a family adventure with great characters and dramatic action by an award winning, internationally recognized author.  A step-father is trying to connect with his step-daughters through a hike in the mountains where he spent his youth. A self-absorbed teenage sister participates reluctantly. Our hero Raven pushes herself past the limits of physical and emotional endurance to save the other two in a life-and-death race-for-help. Flashbacks of memories and imagined conversations draw us deeper into her story as she develops from a dreamer, full of self doubt to someone who is courageous enough face the truth of her own history, do what is required to help her step-father and sister; and face the future.

 

  • Rainbow Street Shelter Series and Rainbow Street Pets Story Collection by Wendy Orrrainbow street pets

Film/tv Rights available through Golvan Arts Management (https://www.golvanarts.com.au/contact-us).

Come to Rainbow Street Animal Shelter and meet your new best friend! Some of the pets are lost. Some of them have never had a home. But all of them need someone to love. The boys and girls from a variety of backgrounds, who become the animals' friends, all attend the same school and appear in all the stories. All the ingredients are here for a wonderful series.

From 2011 to 2013, six stories were published in the USA by Henry Holt while in Australia, the six stories were published in one collection in 2012.

Wendy Orr has many more ideas for these heart warming and dramatic stories about animals and the humans who adopt them, which are crying out to be adapted for the small screen for animal lovers around the world. 

 

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12th raven CVRThe Twelfth Raven is an inspirational true story that follows a natural dramatic arc with many twists and turns. It is a medical drama with a protagonist whose determined research brings her husband back to health from a devastating stroke in defiance of the doctors’ predictions.  It is a cross between Awakenings and Dallas Buyers Club, based on a memoir published in 2014 with a story that takes place over the last five years. This is an important work written from an insiders’ point of view - the wife of a stroke patient. This story will appeal to the 15 million people who suffer from stroke annually, the millions more who are affected as loved ones, and anyone who likes a feel-good story about beating the odds.

 

butterfly song

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Butterfly Song challenges stereotypical notions of Indigenous people. Tarena is an intelligent, articulate Indigenous character, a warm and funny modern heroine, a wonderful role model for all young women, whose story reaches across cultures. This story provides an opportunity to see an Indigenous professional as the lead in a film and involves Indigenous people using the law to their advantage. Most films portray them as the defendant. The novel has been called a parable of native title, but it’s much more than that. It’s about reconnection to things, people and places that shape us, and the love we have for them. The story threads in reactions to the Mabo Case, taking place at a time of great hope for Indigenous people. This has not yet been done in a feature film. The main thread is a song, which becomes evidence vital to the case, and the author has written a song to the lyrics in the book which could be used in the film. This story provides film makers with the opportunity to produce a strong drama involving a legal battle and medical negligence with the backdrop of a range of settings including Sydney, Cairns and its surroundings and Thursday Island, with contrasting landscapes, seascapes and soundscapes in the bustling city, run down town and beautiful tropical locations.

 

  • octavius omalley cvrOctavius O’Malley and the Mystery of the Exploding Cheese by Alan Sunderland

Film/tv Rights available through Golvan Arts Management (https://www.golvanarts.com.au/contact-us).

A fast-moving, action-driven plot, loads of humour and strong dialogue, well-drawn and memorable characters and a universal story of rat cunning, loyalty and crime-fighting all combine to make this an ideal animation project. It is the first of three interconnected stories all featuring the same characters; and the story-telling style, featuring sight-gags, word play and Bogart & Bacall style dialogue, will appeal to both adults and kids.

 

 

jackaroo cvrFilm/tv Rights available through Golvan Arts Management (https://www.golvanarts.com.au/contact-us).

Fresh from boarding school humiliations, a fatherless and sensitive choirboy is sent to be a jackaroo on a sheep and cattle station famous for sorting out graziers’ sons. A sweeping, epic tale of a teenager coming of age, full of real farm life, JACKAROO will resonate. The book has sold over 8,500 copies, and received excellent press reviews (‘gutsy story’ – The Age).

A first draft film script is available for consideration.