Australian author Charlotte Wood should be mighty pleased with herself.
Her most recent book, The Natural Way of Things, was this month shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, is the front-runner for the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award and has now been optioned for a film by producers Katia Nizic and Emma Dockery.
Released last year, the book opens with two women awakening from a drug-induced sleep, only to find themselves imprisoned in a dilapidated property in the middle of the Australian outback. Their heads have been shaven and they’ve been placed in restrictive clothing. They have no idea where they are, how they came to be in their present state or what their connection is to the eight other woman facing the same situation. The women all have something in common, but what is it?
At its core, the book explores issues of misogyny and corporate control.
“We knew instantly this was a story that needed to be told,” said Nizic and Dockery. “It feels personal and specific, but also speaks to women the world over. It is incredible to be given this opportunity to feature so many women in prominent, meaningful roles, in front of and behind the camera.”
And Wood’s opinion of the female producers:
“One of the things they said in their pitch was that there hasn’t been an Australian film with an extensive young, female ensemble cast like this since Picnic at Hanging Rock – that stuck in my head and would not let go,” Wood’s told The Guardian. “I thought, imagine if this could be the next Picnic? I have total faith in these young women to make something astonishing.”