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THE DIVORCE is a humorous, witty and complex 'soap opera'. Written specifically for the screen (not a filmed opera on stage), THE DIVORCE explores the universal themes of love, passion, regret, greed and longing. Think Revenge meets The Marriage of Figaro. THE DIVORCE rethinks the operatic art form for a contemporary audience through a playful, imaginative new approach to a very traditional art form. Iris and Jed, rich and urbane, are happily getting divorced and are throwing an elaborate party at their elegant home to celebrate. By the end of the evening, Iris and Jed’s divorce has triggered a re-negotiation of all certainties and as the sun rises, all of the characters are set on an unanticipated course.

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Dean Murphy
Joanna Murray-Smith
Andrea Denholm
Executive Producers
Emma Fitzsimons  Lyndon Terracini
Dir. of Photography
Roger Lanser
Elena Kats-Chernin
Lisa McCune - Marina Prior - Hugh Sheridan - Kate Miller-Heidke - John O’May - Matthew McFarlane - Melissa Madden-Gray - Peter Cousens
Production Completion
Production Company
Princess Pictures Holdings Pty Ltd
Australian Sales
Universal Pictures Australia

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Screen News

Creating a four-part divorce

In the scheme of things, there really haven’t been that many operas written specifically for TV. The most enduring have been the seasonal favourite, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Britten’s Owen Wingrave, Stravinsky’s The Flood and, in Australia, Peter Sculthorpe’s Quiros (written for the 50th anniversary of the ABC in 1982).

12 Aug 2015
By Phillip Sametz
Stage to screen: theatre directors turn to film