Following on from the success of Rosemary Myers’ Girl Asleep, Adelaide’s Windmill Theatre Co has launched a permanent screen production arm.
To be known as Windmill Pictures, it will be focused on developing screen projects based on the company’s stage plays. It has recently secured Screen Australia story development funding for School Dance. The play, which has won two Helpmann Awards, as a well as a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Young People and the Ruby Award for Best Show, follows the friendship of three awkward teenage boys. Playwright Matthew Whittet (Girl Asleep) will adapt the screenplay, with pre-production currently scheduled for late 2018 and shooting 2019.
Windmill Theatre co-artistic director and Myers said making Girl Asleep was “an incredible creative ride” for the theatre’s artists.
“The creative process of taking Girl Asleep from stage to screen has forged a new and exciting convergence model of live theatre and film for the company and we’re excited to take on more screen projects alongside our theatre work.”