Synchronicity Films to adapt Graeme Macrae Burnet’s Man Booker Prize shortlisted ‘His Bloody Project’


2016 Man Booker shortlisted novel His Bloody Project set for screen adaptation with Synchronicity Films

Synchronicity Films have secured the film and TV rights to His Bloody Project, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016, by rising literary star, Graeme Macrae Burnet.

Early discussions are underway with a major UK broadcaster. Screenwriters are now being considered by the Scottish drama production company to bring the stunning literary thriller to the screen.

BAFTA and RTS-winning Claire Mundell, Creative Director at Synchronicity Films, discovered the book following the novel’s publication in late 2015. After spotting its potential for a screen adaptation, Synchronicity Films immediately proceeded to option the story in early 2016.


Published by Contraband, the crime and thriller imprint of Scottish independent publisher Saraband, His Bloody Project tells the story of a brutal triple murder in 1869 in a remote Scottish crofting community, leading to the arrest of seventeen-year old Roddy Macrae.

There is no question of Roddy’s guilt, but his fate hangs on one key question – is he insane?

The novel is a compelling rumination on power and circumstance, set against the harsh and beautifully desolate Highlands of Scotland.

Claire Mundell, Creative Director at Synchronicity Films said: “

We are honored to be adapting Graeme’s fantastic literary thriller. Roddy’s story gripped us from page one and kept us guessing all the way to the end.

The question of whether he is victim or persecutor is one we can’t wait to explore on screen. We are delighted to have discovered this wonderful novel on our own doorstep.

It’s also great to work with an indie publisher who also believes in backing undiscovered talent as much as we do.”

Graeme Macrae Burnet ingeniously recounts the story of the murders and the subsequent trial with the aid of Roderick’s memoir, along with court transcripts, medical reports, police statements and newspaper articles.

Compared favorably by critics to the work of such giants of Scottish literature as James Hogg and RL Stevenson, His Bloody Project is a brooding literary thriller, featuring startlingly authentic characters.

Graeme Macrae Burnet said:

“I’m thrilled to have optioned rights for His Bloody Project to Synchronicity Films, an award-winning independent production company based in Glasgow.

Great credit is due to Claire Mundell for picking up the book long before its shortlisting for the Man Booker Prize, something which demonstrates both her passion for the book itself and her willingness to back her own instincts.

I’m very excited by the prospect of working with Claire and her team to develop the novel for the screen.”

The £50,000 winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016 will be announced on 25 October at an awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall.

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