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Award-Winning Aussie Crime Novel 'The Dry' Has Been Adapted Into a Movie Starring Eric Bana

You can watch the trailer now — and it'll hit cinemas in January.
By Sarah Ward
October 27, 2020
By Sarah Ward
October 27, 2020

When a drought-stricken farming community is shocked by a murder-suicide, Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk is forced to return home for the first time in 20 years — for the funerals, and to investigate. That's the premise of Australian crime novel The Dry, which first hit bookshelves back in 2016, marked the debut novel from author Jane Harper, and was named the British Book Awards' Crime and Thriller Book of the Year and the Barry Awards' Best First Mystery amongst a heap of other accolades. Come New Year's Day 2021, it'll also be the plot of the new Aussie movie of the same name.

Australian cinema loves crime flicks, as everything from Two Hands, Animal Kingdom and Snowtown to Mystery Road and Goldstone attests (and Money Movers, Heatwave, Shame and Son of a Gun, too). Accordingly, it should come as little surprise that the big-screen version of The Dry stems from two people with a history in the genre. Director Robert Connolly was the producer of one of the best local crime movies ever made, 1998's unnerving The Boys, while Eric Bana was famously the star of the similarly excellent Chopper.

In The Dry, Bana plays the aforementioned Falk, who looks far from happy when he receives a note about his childhood friend Luke — with the latter alleged to have shot his wife and child before killing himself. Falk's homecoming opens up old secrets, including involving his old pal. In a town filled with rage after years of struggle against the titular conditions, Falk soon begins to suspect that a previous death might be linked to the current case, too.

As well as Bana, The Dry features plenty of familiar faces, as the just-dropped first trailer shows. They include Animal Kingdom star James Frecheville, Glitch's Genevieve O'Reilly, Fargo's Keir O'Donnell, Mission: Impossible II's John Polson, The Dressmaker's Julia Blake, Occupation's Bruce Spence, 1%'s Matt Nable and Top End Wedding's Miranda Tapsell.

Check out the trailer below:

The Dry releases in Australian and New Zealand cinemas on January 1, 2021.

Published on October 27, 2020 by Sarah Ward


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