Watch the first Jasper Jones trailer!

Watch the first Jasper Jones trailer!

18-jasper-jones-minWe 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.

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Publisher details

Jasper Jones
Craig Silvey
Allen & Unwin
01 May, 2010


Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress.Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother, falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.'If we see a more entertaining, heartfelt piece of Australian literature in the next 12 months, it will be a rare year indeed - an Australian To Kill a Mockingbird.' - The Monthly'It's genius.' - West Australian'... impossible to put down ... There's tension, injustice, young love, hypocrisy ... and, above all, the certainty that Silvey has planted himself in the landscape as one of our finest storytellers.' - Australian Women's Weekly'Jasper Jones confronts inhumanity and racism, as the stories of Mark Twain and Harper Lee did. Silvey's voice is distinctive: astute, witty, angry, understanding and self-assured.' - Weekend Australian'Jasper Jones is a riveting tale, studded with laugh-out-loud and life-affirming moments yet underpinned by a clear-eyed examination of human weaknesses and misdemeanours.' - Adelaide AdvertiserWinner, National Year of Reading 2012, Western AustraliaOverall Winner, Indie Book of the Year Award 2009 Winner, Indie Book of the Year 2009 - Fiction Winner, ABIA (Australian Book Industry Awards) Book of the Year 2010 Winner, ABIA (Australian Book Industry Awards) Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2010 Winner (joint), 2009 Western Australia Premier's Literary Award - Fiction#7 in Australia's Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads#18 in Australia's Top 100 2016
Craig Silvey
About the author

Craig Silvey

Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in Dwellingup Western Australia. He now lives in Fremantle, where at the age of 19, he wrote his first novel, Rhubarb, published by Fremantle Press in 2004. In 2005, Rhubarb was chosen as the 'One Book' for the Perth International Writers' Festival, and was included in the national Books Alive campaign. Silvey also received a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award. In early 2008, he completed his second novel, Jasper Jones.

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