'The Cry' makers to adapt Helen Fitzgerald's "domestic disaster noir" 'Australia Day' into a series
Described as "domestic disaster noir", the story might be treated in similar grey tone as 'The Cry'.
Following the massive success of the BBC drama, 'The Cry', British production company Synchronicity Films is already set to adapt Helen Fitzgerald's upcoming novel, 'Australia Day', which is set to release in 2020. The novel, which is still being written, is set in a small town that is struck by a disastrous bushfire. Described as "domestic disaster noir", the story might be treated in similar grey tone as 'The Cry'.
Starring Jenna Coleman and Ewen Leslie, 'The Cry' is strongly grounded on the subject of postpartum depression. The story follows the young mother, Joanna (played by Coleman), who is struck down by postpartum depression and soon finds herself traveling to Australia with her husband, Alistair (played by Leslie), who is trying to regain custody of his 10-year-daughter from a previous marriage. The show has become BBC's biggest success following its predecessor, 'Bodyguard', whose time slot of Sunday night was allotted to the Glendyn Ivin-directed show.
Following its success on BBC, where it garnered rave reviews and became the perfect successor to Richard Madden starring 'Bodyguard', the show is set to release on Sundance Now in the US on November 8. However, looks like the creative director and founder of Scotland-based Synchronicity Films, Claire Mundell, would like to make sure that the show gets enough exposure. She is already in Cannes this week along with the former 'Doctor Who' actress, Coleman, in order to help distributor DRG sell the four-part series internationally. Probably, Elin Thomas, DRG's EVP of sales is sure that the show will gain the attention of a massive viewership.
She has said, “The strength of a brilliant script based on a best-selling novel, top-notch casting and talented crew succeeded in helping us secure these excellent pre-sales for The Cry ahead of it being completed. Now the series is on the air we are confident that its riveting storyline and incredible production values – plus the widespread positive reviews and excellent ratings – will generate a whole new wave of interest and it will be much in demand at Mipcom this week.”
The content distributing firm has already sold the series to a number of places, including M6 in France, TV2 in Norway, C More (TV4) in Sweden, Canal Plus in Poland, and TVNZ in New Zealand. Along with its deal with Sundance Now for the US, it has also struck a deal with ABC Australia where the show is supposed to air later this year. The series has also been sold to BBC Worldwide for its channels in Benelux, the Middle East and Africa and NPO in the Netherlands.