Read the screenplay of The Power Of The Dog!

Posted Monday 31 Jan 2022

Read the screenplay of The Power Of The Dog!

Jane Campion's savage snapshot of the American west is available to read thanks to Deadline. Based on the 1967 novel by Thomas Savage, Campion told Deadline that the book had been on her mind for some time  and eventually, she felt compelled to adapt it for the screen.

“It intrigued me for many reasons: I couldn’t guess what was going to happen, it was incredibly detailed, and I felt that the person writing the story had lived this experience" she told Deadline. “It’s not just a cowboy story from 1925 of ranch life. This is a lived experience, and I think because of that I felt a real trust for the story. I loved how deeply it explores masculinity and that it’s also about a hidden love.”

Campion's film, The Power of the Dog, took this year's Golden Globes’ Best Picture – Drama award, and won Campion the Best Director award at its Venice Film Festival debut last year. It has 10 Critics Choice nominations to go along with numerous acting nominations for stars Benedict Cumberbatch (pictured), Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee, and writing honours for Campion.

Click here for the screenplay