We get so, so excited when Australian books we love hit the big screen (or small screen, of course – looking at you, Big Little Lies), and in 2017 we’re in for a treat. The first full length trailer has been released for Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey’s heartbreaking coming of age story that’s been called an Australian To Kill a Mockingbird and was voted #18 in Australia’s Top 100.
It’s been adapted into a feature film directed by Rachel Perkins and stars a fabulous line-up of familiar and new Australian talent. It’s hitting cinemas in March so there’s not too long to wait.
Here’s what we’ve learned from the official movie website and we even have a sneak preview of the movie with the official trailer below:
Adapted from Craig Silvey’s bestselling Australian novel and featuring a stellar cast including Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie and Aaron McGrath, Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 living in a small town in Western Australia.
In the dead of night during the scorching summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window. Jasper leads him deep into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community.
In an isolated town where secrecy, gossip and tragedy overwhelm the landscape, Charlie faces family breakdown, finds his first love, and discovers what it means be truly courageous.