Set to become an Aussie classic, Trent Dalton’s 2018 novel Boy Swallows Universe has been adapted for screen and added to the Netflix queue.
The gritty coming-of-age story follows a young boy in pursuit of his dreams in the drug-fuelled underworld of 1980s Queensland.
Its raw and honest themes of brotherhood, love, and loss have certainly been moving for readers, who, like us, are patiently awaiting the show’s streaming arrival.
Here’s the official trailer for the show:
After the stage play adaptation wowed Brisbane in 2021, the announcement of this eight-part Netflix series soon followed.
Since the Australian setting and characters are paramount to the story, the series comes with a homegrown cast and crew.
Among the cast are Aussie actors such as Travis Fimmel, Phoebe Tonkin, and Simon Baker.
Filmmaker Joel Edgerton is also on board as an executive producer.
Since its publication in 2018, Boy Swallows Universe has received an array of literary awards, such as Book Of The Year, Literary Book of the Year, and Audiobook of the Year at the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards. Harper Collins sold the television rights to the book back in 2019.
The series will drop on Netflix on January 11, 2024.