Susan Duncan's acclaimed novel Salvation Creek will be brought to the screen by Australian filmmaker Megan Simpson Huberman, produced by Heather Ogilvie.
Duncan's memoir concerns a successful magazine editor who leaves her frantic urban life for a fresh start in a small rural community on Sydney's Pittwater after her husband and brother die within a few days of each other. Purchasing a rundown shack on impuse, the grief-stricken editor struggles to adapt to her new life until she befriends a woman who encourages her to embrace her new existence and the unique opportunities this could bring.
“Within this story lie strong life enhancing themes that I have no doubt will resonate with mature audiences and in particular with women both in Australia and globally,” says Ogilvie (pictured). “Salvation Creek is one of those stories that speak to us about ourselves and those qualities were irresistible. Susan's story is inspirational: we all long for a sense of belonging and to feel connected to the uniqueness of the Australia landscape.”
Ross Grayson Bell, one of the producers behind David Fincher's Fight Club, is adapting the screenplay based on Duncan's book, which Ogilvie optioned in 2010 and which will start shooting in the middle of 2014.
Producer Ogilvie is confident that filmmaker Huberman, who hasn't directed a feature in over 15 years, will bring something special to the screen. “Megan and I worked together on two films many years ago [Hubermann's 1992 debut teen drama Alex, and the 1996 Guy Pearce-Claudia Karvan body swap rom-com Dating the Enemy]. I have never forgotten her intuitive grasp of what makes a great story or her strong, clean commercially driven style as a director,” Ogilvie says.
“I have no doubt her return to directing will be just as successful and I know the skills she's developed in the intervening years have enhanced her understanding of what great filmmaking is all about.”