What Is The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart About?
Ringland's novel, originally released in 2019, follows a young girl, Alice Hart, whose violent childhood casts a dark shadow over her adult life. After a family tragedy in which she loses both her abusive father and beloved mother in a tragic and mysterious fire, nine-year-old Alice is taken to live with her grandmother June on a flower farm where she learns the dark secrets about her and her family’s past.
"Under the watchful eye of June and the women who run the farm, Alice settles but grows up increasingly frustrated by how little she knows of her family's story," reads its official description. "In her early twenties, Alice's life is thrown into upheaval again when she suffers devastating betrayal and loss. Desperate to outrun grief, Alice flees to the dramatically beautiful central Australian desert. In this otherworldly landscape, Alice thinks she has found solace until she meets a charismatic and ultimately dangerous man."
The stunning story spans two decades and is set between sugar cane fields by the sea, a native Australian flower farm, and a celestial crater in the central desert, all of which provide the perfect backdrop to Alice's journey, as she learns that the most powerful story she will ever possess is her own.
Who Has Been Cast In The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart?
On May 19, Amazon announced that Sigourney Weaver had signed on to star in the upcoming production.
“This gripping and emotional story is a broad-skewing drama featuring strong female characters, written and produced by an incredible team of talented female film-makers, and set against a stunning local landscape," says Erika North, Head of Originals, Asia Pacific, at Amazon Studios, via Deadline. "We are thrilled that the wonderful Sigourney Weaver signed on to this project to bring the complex and powerful story to life. We will continue to produce more local content, offering and unearthing compelling stories featuring Australian artists, writers and producers and are proud of the Australian originals we have created with local production partners.”
While no other cast has yet to be announced, the creative team behind Ringland's adaptation is full of exceptional female talent.
Sarah Lambert, best known for her work on the television adaptation of the Marele Day novel, Lamb of God, will act as the series showrunner, while Jodi Matterson and Bruna Papandrea will serve as executive producers.
“From the moment I read The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart I knew I wanted to bring this story and these characters to the screen," said Lambert in a statement. "It’s such a timely drama about family, love and relationships born out of the violence so often hidden neatly away behind closed doors. Leaving behind untold damage. However, it is also an extraordinarily hopeful story about women, resilience, friendship, and giving voice to the truth to finally break free of the past. I cannot wait to take audiences on this journey with the indomitable Alice Hart. There really is no better platform than Amazon Prime Video to bring this story to the world with their commitment to original voices and groundbreaking shows."
Stay tuned for more details as they drop, and in the meantime, you can find Ringland's novel here.