Paul Kelly’s ‘How to Make Gravy’ to be Adapted for Feature Film

May 5, 2022
Warner Bros. secures global rights for a film adaptation of the iconic song by production company Speech&Drama Pictures, headed up by Megan Washington and Nick Waterman.

“Dan and Joe and Rita and Angus and Dolly and all the others have been stuck inside that song so long, I’m glad they’re going to get a chance to live life a different way!” said Paul Kelly in a press release.

“Paul’s beautiful song is the perfect recipe for a feature film,” said screenwriter/director Nick Waterman and screenwriter Megan Washington. “Its characters are already beloved by many who have imagined the story behind Joe’s letter themselves – there’s so much to be found in the space between what he must be feeling in prison at Christmas and what he writes in his letter to his brother. This song holds a special place in our hearts. It’s an honour to bring it to life.”

According to Michael Brooks, Managing Director of Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia, the song is the perfect basis for a Christmas film. “In Australia, December 21st is known as Gravy Day. Few songs have risen to cult status and secured a date on the festive calendar, which is why Paul Kelly’s How to Make Gravy is so special. It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity, alongside our partners Megan and Nick at Speech&Drama, to unravel the mystery and meaning captured in Paul’s now iconic lyrics and bring this incredible story to the screen.”

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