EchoChamber has covered Jane Harper’s books, including the most recent US/UK release, 2018’s Force of Nature, but for some time a screen adaptation of her acclaimed first novel, the thriller The Dry has been working its way towards the screen. Now we have a date and a trailer for its release.
Eric Bana plays Federal Police Investigator Aaron Falk who finds himself returning to Kiewarra, the Australian farming community of his childhood. But his original departure all those years ago is shrouded in secrets and the reason for his return is no less dramatic. His old friend Luke Hadler has apparently taken a gun and killed his own wife and child and then himself… and Aaron is attending the funeral.
But Aaron’s return brings up old memories for himself and others. There are some who resent him being back and even the local police don’t appreciate his presence. Before Aaron leaves, the hidden truth behind two separate tragedies may have to be revealed…
Robert Connolly (Balibo, Paper Planes, Deep State) directs The Dry, which was filmed across fifteen towns in Victoria, Australia early in 2019. It’s release date is now set for 1st January 2021 in Australia with a presumed roll-out, COVID-permitting, thereafter.
Harper’s latest book, her fourth, is The Survivors and was released in Australia in September and due for release in the UK and US in February 2021.