One of Australia’s greatest and most controversial novels, POWER WITHOUT GLORY, by Frank Hardy, is to be adapted as a major television mini-series by the Oscar-nominated producer Jane Scott and screenwriters Jan Sardi (SHINE) and Mac Gudgeon (THE LAST RIDE).
Jane and Jan are long-time collaborators on films including SHINE and MAO’S LAST DANCER. Jan Sardi and Mac Gudgeon have together recently completed the television adaptation of Kate Grenville’s THE SECRET RIVER, another landmark Australian novel.
The television rights to POWER WITHOUT GLORY have been secured from the Estate of the late author Frank Hardy.
An epic tale of corruption, bribery and murder set in early 20th Century Australia, POWER WITHOUT GLORY charts the inglorious rise of gambling czar and political kingmaker John West from his poverty stricken beginnings in the slums and alleyways of Melbourne, to one of the most powerful and corrupt men in the land.
In the history of Australian literature few books have been as controversial as Frank Hardy’s POWER WITHOUT GLORY. Carved from the dark history and deeper forces that shaped Australia, it tells a story of mythic dimensions, about a newly minted nation through the journey of one man, Australia’s own “Citizen Kane”. Yet behind West’s unquenchable thirst for power and wealth is a man fiercely loyal to his family and his working class roots, whose fate will ultimately be decided by the indomitable women in his life.
“This will be gripping television. John West’s cut-throat building of a gambling and business empire and his pursuit of political power at all costs is as fresh and relevant today as when the book was first published,” Jane Scott said.