Strong VIC team take acute angle on award winning bio

Filming is underway on Acute Misfortune, the adaptation of Erik Jensen’s award-winning biography of acclaimed painter Adam Cullen.


Produced by Melbourne's Plot Media and Arenamedia along with Blackheath Film, Acute Misfortune received principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria, the MIFF Premiere Film Fund and Soundfirm.

With a strong Victorian team at the helm, the film will be a fly on the wall look into the explosive and volatile dynamic of the nineteen-year-old biographer and his subject.

Based on the critically acclaimed award-winning book Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen, the notorious Archibald Prize winning Adam Cullen will be played by Daniel Henshall (Okja, Snowtown, Not Suitable for Children) while Toby Wallace (Romper Stomper, Boys In the Trees) takes on the role of the prodigious young journalist Erik Jensen.

The screenplay is written by Jensen and award winning theatre director and actor Thomas M. Wright (Top of the Lake, Balibo), who is also directing. Cinematography by Germain McMicking (Top of the Lake: China Girl, Berlin Syndrome, Holding The Man). Produced by Virginia Kay and Jamie Houge at Plot Media with Thomas M. Wright for Black Heath Films. Executive produced by Robert Connolly and Liz Kearney for Arenamedia. 

Film Victoria supported Acute Misfortune through its Assigned Production Investment program.