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Anna McLeish & Sarah Shaw Producers

Carver Films launched in 2015 as a partnership between producers Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw. Carver is an independent, Melbourne-based development and production company specialising in international film and television.  Prior to Carver, McLeish and Shaw ran Warp Films Australia. Together they produced Justin Kurzel’s Snowtown which premiered in competition at Critics Week, Cannes 2011, Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland’s New Zealand-set Shopping (Sundance, Berlin 2013) and Ariel Kleiman’s Partisan starring Vincent Cassel, which premiered in World Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2015.  Recipients of the 2015 Greg Tepper Award for outstanding contribution to their craft, Carver’s upcoming slate includes Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro, Natalie Erika James’ psychological horror Relic and Jed Kurzel’s Ivan Lendl Never Learnt to Volley. In the TV arena Carver are currently in development on a slate of diverse content, driven by exceptional talent.

Hannah Kent Writer

Hannah Kent’s debut novel, the international bestseller Burial Rites (2013, Picador; Little, Brown) was translated into 28 languages. It won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier’s People's Choice Award, amongst others. Burial Rites was also shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), the Guardian First Book Award, the Stella Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It is currently being adapted to film by Lionsgate. Hannah co-founded the Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, where she is currently Publishing Director. She has been published in The Guardian, The Age and Harpers Bazaar amongst others. Hannah’s second novel, The Good People, will be published in October 2016.

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