The Letdown‘s Alison Bell and Sarah Scheller are adapting Holly Throsby’s debut novel Goodwood into a series for the ABC and Disney’s ABC Studios International.
Goodwood is a part mystery, part coming-of-age love story, set in a small town that is torn apart when two of its residents go missing.
The series will be produced by Alice Bell and Claudia Karvan, with Imogen Banks executive producing under her Endemol Shine Banks banner together with ABC head of drama, comedy and Indigenous Sally Riley and ABC Studios International managing director, international content, platforms and talent, Keli Lee.
Throsby says: “One of the central themes of Goodwood is the relationships between people, especially between strong women. It is so fitting, and an absolute dream for me, to have such an incredible group of women in charge of bringing my book to life on screen.”
Bell says: “Holly has a knack for storytelling that lends itself perfectly to television and I’m excited to work alongside Sarah and Alison in realising their own version of Goodwood. Claudia and Imogen are my collaborative dream team and we are grateful to have the dedicated support of the ABC and ABC Studios International”.
Karvan says: “The Goodwood production has so many of my favourite things: wonderful friends to work with, being Imogen Banks and Alice Bell; new friendships to develop . . . such as Holly Throsby, Alison Bell and Sarah Scheller; an Australian small rural town setting and a gripping mystery enhanced by a mobile phone-less nineties time period! I can’t wait until we get our collective teeth into it.”
Riley said: “This is such an exciting opportunity for us to bring this beloved Australian story to our ABC audiences. The story and characters penned by Holly Throsby are vivid and unique, we can’t wait to see Goodwood bought to life by such a stellar team.”
Lee said: “We always love partnering with Sally Riley at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and we’re very excited to work with these amazing multi-talented women, Alice Bell, Claudia Karvan, Alison Bell, Sarah Scheller, and Imogen Banks to bring Holly Throsby’s book Goodwood to life as a TV series.”
The ABC and ABC Studios International have previously collaborated on Hoodlum Entertainment’s Harrow, and are also developing a female-driven series around works of Shakespeare with Hoodlum and LuckyChap Entertainment.