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Peter Temple's Truth set for big screen adaptation

17th February 2011

Truth, the bestselling crime novel by Australian author Peter Temple, is to be adapted for the big screen, it has been announced.

Director John Polson revealed that he is to begin shooting the film next year after picking up the rights to the novel, which tells the story of a detective investigating a murder in Melbourne.

Polson said the production will be shot in Australia and Temple himself gave the director his backing, noting that his dedication to filmmaking was a major factor in the decision.

'I like his work and he's very enthusiastic, and I think he's the right man to do it. In film, enthusiasm is everything,' the author told the Age.

Casting will begin once a script has been completed, but Temple has already thrown some names into the hat, with native actors Russell Crowe and Eric Bana both mentioned.

Crowe has previously starred in a big screen crime novel adaption, playing the role of Officer Wendell 'Bud' White in Curtis Hanson's version of James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential.

Truth won the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award last year, with the judges describing it as a 'stunning story about contemporary Australian life, written with great moral sophistication'.

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