The Territory Series Optioned for Film and TV - Press Release

Justin Woolley's Territory Series of novels comprising A Town Called Dust, A City Called Smoke and A World of Ash have been called an entertaining blend of Mad Max and The Walking Dead. The Australian set post-apocalyptic series, often praised for the visual nature of its prose, has now been optioned for film and television.

 

Following negotiation by Alex Adsett Publishing Services the option was secured by up-and-coming Australian director Dana-Lee Mierowsky Bennett.

Mierowsky Bennett is an award winning director, writer and producer. Her short films have screened at film festivals worldwide. She recently completed a short film titled 'Sammy,' with her own production company DLMB Productions and Deadhouse Films. 'Sammy' is a snippet into Mierowsky Bennett's penned television series 'Not My Backyard.'

Selected for a place in the highly competitive Director Series at The National Film and Television School in the UK, Dana-Lee studied under Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt and Director Brian Gilbert.

Dana-Lee's work in a range of roles across a variety of film and television productions has seen her step into director attachment positions with iconic Australian television shows such as 'Mcleod's Daughters,' 'All Saints' and 'Neighbours.'

Both parties are thrilled with the deal with Mierowsky Bennett saying she is "excited to bring this story to life." Woolley, who will be involved with the development of the adaptation, is looking forward to the new direction for his story.

A Town Called Dust (2014), A City Called Smoke (2015) and A World of Ash (2016) are published by Pan Macmillan Australia.

Supanova 2016

This year I'm once again honoured to be a guest at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo. I'll be attending both the Gold Coast (8-10 April) and Melbourne (15-17 April) shows. I'll be signing 10:30am to 5:30pm Saturday and 11am to 5pm Sunday at both shows with a break for lunch and coffee (coffees plural probably) but head on down and I won't be far away.

On the Gold Coast I'll be speaking on the following panels:
Monsters and Magic, Saturday 4:30pm
Zombies and Apocalyptic Wastelands, Sunday 3:10pm

In Melbourne I'll be on:
Rise of the Antihero, Saturday 4:20pm
Fantasy Tropes Must Die, Sunday 12:40pm

And yes, I can confirm for those of you hanging out for it, A World of Ash will be available at both shows, and that means Gold Coast con attendees can grab it even before it's officially out.

If you're coming to Supanova, come by and say hello and also buy books and get the authors to sign them because signed books are probably the best things.

Listening to the Other Side

Some of you may have seen, over the past few weeks, my oddly cryptic references on social media to a fictional blog and a guy named James Eriksson. Well, while I've been busy working away on A World of Ash, the conclusion to the Territory Series, I've also had a secret little side project I've been working on for some time. It's something of an experiment in online storytelling, for me at least. It's a web serial novel told through a fictional blog.

Here's the blurb:

I never intended this story to be written, let alone shared on the internet. It was my friend Wally Sharpe who eventually convinced me otherwise. Relentless as always in pursuit of an idea, he argued that not only should I set the record straight about the events of twelve years ago, but that what happened to me was of deep spiritual significance and should be shared with the world.

The purpose of this blog then is to tell the truth about what happened during the early part of 2003. I was a television psychic, a liar, habitually, professionally, destructively, but I intend for the text of this blog to be the most honest I have ever been. Everything I write will be based on my own recollections and I assure you that, however unbelievable you may find them, they are accurate.

My name is James Eriksson and I can talk to the dead.

If it sounds like something you might be interested in checking out, you can read it as it's updated weekly here: https://listeningtotheotherside.wordpress.com/ and it's 100% absolutely totally free no strings attached.