Warner Bros Australia has secured the global rights to How to Make Gravy – Paul Kelly’s iconic track of 1996 –for a Christmas film adaptation.
The song’s classic narrative is told in first-person perspective from a prisoner named Joe, in the words of a letter he has written to his brother Dan, all about how much he misses his family and wants to be with them on Christmas Day.
Paul Kelly is absolutely bloody jazzed about it: “Dan and Joe and Rita and Angus and Dolly and all the others have been stuck inside that song so long, I’m glad they’re going to get a chance to live life a different way!” he says.
Michael Brooks, who is the Managing Director of Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia, said: “In Australia, December 21st is known as Gravy Day. Few songs have risen to cult status and secured a date on the festive calendar, which is why Paul Kelly’s How to Make Gravy is so special. It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity, alongside our partners Megan and Nick at Speech & Drama, to unravel the mystery and meaning captured in Paul’s now iconic lyrics and bring this incredible story to the screen.”
Putting it mildly, we cannot wait to see our old mates depicted on screen.