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Acute Misfortune (Thomas M. Wright, 2018) wr. Erik Jensen, Thomas M. Wright; Daniel Henshall, Toby Wallace, Gillian Jones

The film adaptation of Erik Jensen's award-winning biography of Adam Cullen is the story of the biographer and his subject, as it descends into a dependent and abusive relationship.

Luke Buckmaster's story is headed:
'Profoundly traumatic': how Adam Cullen's story was retold for the screen
Writer Erik Jensen and film-maker Thomas M Wright fought ‘tooth and nail’ on the adaptation – and called in Christos Tsiolkas to mediate

The film is an adaptation of Erik Jensen’s biography of the artist Adam Cullen, who the author – formerly a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald, then the editor of the Saturday Paper, and now editor-in-chief of its publisher, Schwartz Media – was first assigned to write about when he was 19.
Wright and Jensen co-adapted the script, structuring it with two essential narrative trajectories. One points upwards, exploring the coming-of-age of the young and impressionable Jensen (played by Toby Wallace); and the other downwards, recreating the sad final chapter in Cullen’s alcohol-soaked and heroin-filled life. Luke Buckmaster, Guardian.

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Luke Buckmaster's first impression of the film.


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