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Highview Productions, Closer Productions adapt Dictionary of Lost Words

South Australian prodcos Highview Productions and Closer Productions have secured the rights to adapt bestselling novel The Dictionary of Lost Words.

Lisa Scott

Both based in Adelaide, the two companies will collaborate to develop the debut novel from Australian writer Pip Williams into a TV series.

The story, set in the early 20th century during the women’s suffrage movement, features Esme – the daughter of a lexicographer compiling the first Oxford English Dictionary. She realises that words relating to women’s experiences go unrecorded, so sets out to secretly curate her own dictionary.

Rebecca Summerton

“We’re excited to be bringing this beautiful and thought-provoking story to the screen,” said producers Lisa Scott of Highview Productions and Rebecca Summerton of Closer Productions.

“It shines a light on the ignored contribution of women’s words and their history in the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary.”

Scott and Summerton previously worked together on The Hunting, a drama series made by Closer Productions for Australian pubcaster SBS.

Executive producers on The Dictionary of Lost Words are Alex Dimos, Andrew Nunn and author Williams.

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