Aquarius Films and Dollhouse Pictures to adapt Sally Piper’s The Geography of Friendship

March 10, 2021
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“I’m thrilled to champion a story with great potential and fascinating lead roles for two generations of women in front of the camera,” said Dollhouse’s Rose Byrne, who will executive produce. “Sally Piper’s story explores so many unspoken issues that need to be addressed in a wider sphere and we intend to delve into that more decisively.”

“When we read Sally’s amazing novel The Geography of Friendship, we were immediately drawn to the subject matter – this book feeds directly into the conversation today around the way inequality and fear of violence shapes the everyday experience of women,” said Aquarius producers Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford. “The book offers up a terrifying dramatic premise as well as three vividly drawn female protagonists, and we imagine endless possibilities for adapting it for the screen. We are incredibly excited to be collaborating with the exceptional team at Dollhouse Pictures. We have an enormous respect for their artistic vision and are looking forward to a very successful partnership. We are also thrilled to have the talented Giula Sandler adapt this sensational novel for the small screen.”

Sandler, whose credits include Glitch, Grace Beside Me and Bloom, will head up the adaptation of the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards shortlisted novel. Dollhouse’s Krew Boylan (who wrote and stars in the upcoming feature Seriously Red) will work on the development and writing, while Gracie Otto is attached to direct.

The Geography of Friendship follows three school mates in the past and present. Following a violent confrontation during end of school celebrations, the friends go their separate ways and reunite decades later seeking closure.

The Geography of Friendship is a provocative novel that reads like a Thelma & Louise journey for contemporary times set against a wilderness hike, an adventure that irrevocably shapes the lives of three women from teens to adults,” said Dollhouse’s Jessica Carrera, who will produce. “As it oscillates between past and present, what unravels from the depths of their friendship is a story about survival, shame and rage – how so often the people we are running away from are ourselves. The material has a ripe foundation to expand this story on and off screen through our collaboration with the Aquarius team. We are thrilled to be working alongside such a formidable group of women on a project that so strongly supports our ethos as a company.”

Picture: (clockwise from left) Aquarius’ Polly Staniford and Angie Fielder (photo by Sally Flegg); Dollhouse’s Gracie Otto, Rose Byrne, Jessica Carrera, Krew Boylan and Shannon Murphy (photo by Hugh Stewart).
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