Anthony O’Connor, screenwriter of cult Australian films Angst and Redd. Inc, is about to unleash his first novel with Straya, an anarchic and raucous ride through the bowels and other organs of post-apocalyptic New Sydney.
I love a sunburnt dystopia.
Straya lies in ruins. A once proud nation, the former Australia has regressed into a patchwork civilisation cowering under the deadly heat of a merciless sun. Savage violence lurks around every corner. The pubs are still good, but.
Affable young mutant, Franga, risks life and double-jointed limb to help provide for his makeshift family of mutie kids and increasingly senile friend and mentor, Ken Ages. After finding a strange artifact in the deadly Downlow district, Franga inadvertently starts a horrifying chain reaction…
Something terrifying takes form in New Sydney. A colossal beast rises, as unspeakably powerful as it is malevolent, and if Franga and his crew of misfits can’t stop it? Then all of Straya is completely farked.
Set in a futuristic Australia desperately coping with inequality, racism and the effects of climate change, Straya balances canny social allegory with subversive wit and an oddly optimistic sense of hope. It marks the fiction debut of one of Australia’s most singular film voices on either side of the critical divide.
Anthony O’Connor is a writer, reviewer, teacher and journalist. He has written original screenplays for the indie Aussie romcom, Angst, and the blood-soaked, allegorical office horror, Redd Inc. (aka Inhuman Resources in the US/UK). He bangs on about film, TV and video games for numerous outlets and, occasionally, to disinterested cats. O’Connor regularly contributes dialogue, story beats and additional writing for film and TV projects.
The book launches on May 8 (mate!) 2021, releasing in paperback, ebook, and audiobook, with preorders available now.
Check out the official site here: https://anthonyoconnorauthor.com/