It was the biggest Australian news story to break in late 2004 and to this day, it is a story that still captures national headlines. Queensland beauty therapist Schapelle Corby was arrested in Bali with a boogie bag filled with marijuana and was sentenced to life imprisonment in a a Bali jail, and later this year, the television movie version is due to hit our screens.
From Channel Nine’s Website: “On October 8, 2004, Corby, a beauty therapist from the Gold Coast, was caught in Bali with a boogie board bag full of marijuana. Her arrest captivated and intrigued a nation. But what really happened on that fateful day? Why did she do it? And who was behind it all?
Schapelle lifts the lid on what went on behind the headlines. It’s a story packed with amazing characters, bizarre twists and intrigue at the highest level. Inspired by the bestseller Sins of the Father by investigative journalist Eamonn Duff, Schapelle will bring to the screen the captivating story behind Schapelle Corby’s ill-fated trip to Bali.
Schapelle is a must-see telemovie in 2013 from FremantleMedia, producers of the critically acclaimed The King, Killing Time and Devil’s Dust.”
The news of this movie made headlines in Dec 2012 with focus on the fury of the Corby family regarding this creation as they believe “it is based on a book they say paints Schapelle in the wrong light.” Eamonn Duff’s book on the case and the one used as ‘inspiration’ for the telemovie, was the third book published in relation to the case and is being touted as being the most critical. How this plays into the final outcome of the movie is yet to be known. No cast has officially been named, but there were talks late last year that actress Abbie Cornish was tipped to take the role of Corby.
Schapelle is set to air on the Nine Network later this year.