Door opens for Jasper director
rights and I couldn’t believe it because he lives around the corner and I’ve known him for 20 years and I knew I could ring him and he may consider me.
“So I rang him up and asked to be put on the list and they were considering a number of directors because by that time it was a very popular novel; a lot of people were jostling for it.”
For author Craig Silvey, who adapted his own book about teenager Charlie Bucktin trying to solve a murder mystery in a small Australian town in 1969, it was an opportunity for improvements.
“There was interest to turn this into a movie very early on; the book had not yet been published, it was still a manuscript at that stage,” he said.
“It was a speculative thing.” Jasper Jones is in cinemas March 2.
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Jasper Jones director Rachel Perkins with author Craig Silvey.