Currently in development with writer/director Shane McNeil, Wish is an adaptation of the classic novel from one of Australia’s most acclaimed novelists, Peter Goldsworthy. An entrancing and strikingly original story, Wish explores the relationship between animals and humans, and asks the fundamental question – just how different are we?
Born to deaf parents, John James (“JJ”) has always been more at home in Sign language than in spoken English. Recently divorced, he returns to school to teach Sign. His pupils include animal liberationists Clive Kinnear and Stella Todd, foster-parents to a very unusual daughter who is not deaf, but dumb. It’s not long before JJ meets the beautiful, sensitive and highly intelligent ‘Eliza’, and is drawn into a bizarre chain of events…
A thoughtful exploration of love, language and the boundaries of personhood centring on the unusual relationship between a sign-language teacher and a genetically-engineered gorilla, the film adaption is also about storytelling. About being ‘heard.’ It’s the simple story of a lonely man conveying a painful and tragic memory of lost love to us, in his native tongue. A sad, often silent memory confided to us – the audience – as a ‘confession’.
Wish is due to go into production in 2020.