THE RAFT by Fred Strydom
Captivating, compelling, and moving
On Day Zero everyone’s memory is wiped clean. No-one remembers anything, or anyone.
A mysterious and oppressive movement called The Renascence comes to power and forces people to live in isolated communes and to conform to their ideals. As memories of families and past lives start to trickle back, some people begin to question the regime.
Kayle Jenner has questions, and he’s punished just for having them. He escapes from his isolated beach commune when the raft he’s strapped to for punishment breaks free. With help from the enigmatic Gideon, Kayle sets out to find and rescue his son Andy.
Kayle doesn’t find it odd that the people he meets all have memories that help and guide him. Until it becomes clear that some people’s ‘memories’ are not their own.
But Kayle’s are. Kayle definitely remembers Andy. And he’s going to find him.
Published in South Africa by Umuzi, Penguin Random House. Published in the US by Skyhorse Publishing
Jon Dalgaard is a Danish-Australian creator and screenwriter working mainly in comedy and children’s animation.
Jon is the co-creator of BedHead, a comedy pilot aired by the Australian Broadcast Corporation in 2015. The initial web series of BedHead garnered well over 100,000 online views and has since been nominated for ‘Best Comedy’ at the Melbourne Web Fest.
Prior to this, Jon was commissioned to develop a pilot and show bible for Cartoon Network Studios, and has written for LEGO. He freelances as a trusted industry script reader and story analyst for clients in Australia, Europe and the US, including for eOne, Lionsgate and StudioCanal.
Jon is a screenwriting graduate from the Australian Film Television & Radio School and holds a film degree from the University of East Anglia where he also studied Creative Writing.
Before becoming a writer he worked in film development, production and distribution. He worked for international film studio Lionsgate in both London and Sydney, releasing internationally renowned media properties such as ‘Good Night and Good Luck’, ‘3:10 To Yuma’, ‘The Lives of Others’ and ‘Mad Men’.
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Carol Campbell’s sumptuous novels ‘n Huis vir Esther and Karretjiemense have been optioned by legendary South African film maker Koos Roets in a co-production arrangement with distinguished theatre director Andre Stolz.
The directors intend to shoot both films back to back. Mr. Roets will direct ‘n Huis vir Esther and act as Director of Photography on Karretjiemense. Mr. Stolz will direct Karretjiemense, and act as production manager on ‘n Huis vir Esther.
Mr. Roets has been a formidable figure in South Africa’s film industry for 51 years, during which he has won an impressive 33 awards, mostly for directing and cinematography. It will be wonderful to see his collaboration with Mr. Stolz, is a well known director, producer and actor. Both men are celebrated for being ‘hands on’ and very passionate about their projects, and have adapted the material themselves.
Author, Carol Campbell is known for crafting heartbreaking stories which are simultaneously poignant and hopeful. She has a masterful ability to inflict and build tension, and to create characters with voices that ‘take hold of you… and never let go.’ Taking her work to screen presents a beautiful challenge for any filmmaker.
The deal for the film rights was negotiated by The Lennon-Ritchie agency on behalf of Penguin Random House South Africa.
The novel was published by Umuzi in South Africa at the beginning of April, and was the subject of a multi-party auction, with SkyHorse securing the rights just ahead of the London Book Fair. The deal was negotiated by the Lennon-Ritchie Agency on behalf of Umuzi.
THE RAFT is set in a world of civilizational collapse, following a single devastating moment where humankind collectively loses its memory. For the novel’s main character, Kayle Jenner, all that is left of his past are the haunting visions of a boy he believes to be his son. Jenner embarks on a voyage across a broken world to find the boy. What he discovers on his journey is breathtaking.
Editor Cory Allyn of Skyhorse Publishing described the spellbinding novel as: “Lost meets Life of Pi meets The Road.”
Watch the captivating book trailer here
Jon Dalgaard and Claire Phillips, with team Ben Mathews, Reece Aleister Jones and Tom Keele recently created the hilarious sex-comedy BEDHEAD as part of the Fresh Blood initiative. Below is a little teaser of what is still to come….
If you are located in Australia, please click here to watch the first episode of this exciting series.
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Read the lovely review of Justin Fox’s WHOEVER FEARS THE SEA as published in this month’s GQ magazine (South African edition).
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“When I was six, my parents took me to Europe. I’ve never recovered from the thrill of that journey. It’s the reason I can’t ever sit still and have pursued a life of travel writing.”
Read Samantha Reynolds’ beautiful interview with Justin Fox here.
Justin has recently published his highly acclaimed WHOEVER FEARS THE SEA.
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