Forgotten Rebels: From Book to Screen
Based on the Stella Prize-winning book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is an upcoming drama series exploring the stories of bold women adventurers who flocked to the Australian goldfields in the 1850s, and their little-acknowledged role in the Eureka Stockade. Recently, award-winning Hollywood writer Anne Kenney, executive producer and scriptwriter for the fan-favourite Outlander, has been secured to write the pilot script. The series is being produced by Ruby Entertainment, creators of the Logie-winning The Secret River.
Join historian Dr Clare Wright and screenwriter Anne Kenney in conversation with writer and critic Danielle Binks as they discuss all things Outlander and Forgotten Rebels, including their process for adapting non-fiction narratives for television, the importance of the female gaze, constructing powerful female historical representations and navigating an international co-production.
Anne Kenney has been working as a television writer for more than 20 years. Prior to that, she was a newspaper journalist. Most recently, she worked as a writer and executive producer on the first three seasons of the historical drama Outlander. Her other writing and producing credits include Switched at Birth, Greek, Family Law, ER and LA Law.
Dr Clare Wright
Dr Clare Wright is an award-winning historian, author and television writer/presenter who has worked in politics, academia and the media. She won the 2014 Stella Prize for her book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, which was also shortlisted for the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and longlisted for the Walkley Awards. Her screenwriting credits include Utopia Girls: How Women Won the Vote (ABC) and The War That Changed Us (ABC) which was nominated for a Logie for Most Outstanding Factual series. Clare is an Associate Professor of History at LaTrobe University.
Danielle Binks is a writer, reviewer, youth literature advocate, and literary agent with Jacinta di Mase Management. She is a graduate of RMIT’s Professional Writing & Editing program, and has a Bachelor of Communications from Monash University. Danielle also edited and contributed to the Harper Collins book Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology celebrating Australian youth literature stories in 2017.