The Dry

Australia, 2020

Courtesy Made Up Stories, Arenamedia, Pick Up Truck Pictures

Film Australian film

The past and present intersect in Robert Connolly’s hit adaptation of Jane Harper’s best-selling novel The Dry.

Detective Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) returns to the drought-stricken town of Kiewarra to find out who really killed the Hadler family, while also wrestling with the mysterious death of his friend Ellie Deacon, 25 years earlier. The two crimes and timelines are entwined with the arid landscape, its harshness evocatively rendered in both sweeping, cinematic shots and intimate details, strengthening the tension of the mystery while also exposing the effects of the climate crisis on rural Australia.

Aside from its critical acclaim, The Dry became the 14th highest-grossing Australian film of all time, leading a resurgence of Australian stories at the local box office.

The writer and director of THE DRY (2020) spoke to us about the making of his hit Australian film, working with Eric Bana and adapting Jane Harper's novel for the screen.

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9 February 2023

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