Craig Silvey’s critically acclaimed debut novel, Rhubarb, was published in 2004. His second novel, Jasper Jones, was released in 2009 and has since become a bestseller and is considered a modern Australian classic. Published in over a dozen territories, Jasper Jones has won plaudits in three continents, including an International Dublin Literary Award shortlisting, a prestigious Michael J. Printz Award Honor, and a Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlisting.
Silvey’s work has been successfully adapted for stage and screen. A film adaptation of his 2012 graphic novella The Amber Amulet was awarded a Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Sell out stage adaptations of Jasper Jones have been mounted across Australia by MTC, Belvoir Theatre Company, BGTC, QT and STCSA, and have yielded four Helpmann Award nominations, including Best Play.
In 2015, Silvey co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Jasper Jones, which was directed by Rachel Perkins and starred Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving. Jasper Jones was nominated in six categories at the AACTA awards, including Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay. Craig also won Best Feature Film Adaptation at the 2016 AWGIE Awards.
Silvey continues to work in film, with two features presently in development: The Prospector, a period western set in the goldfields of Australia, and The Cage In The Wild, a survival thriller set in the forests of the south-west.