I am visiting the fictional farming community of Kiewarra ("The Dry" by Jane Harper, Pan MacMillan; The movie is directed by Robert Connolly). The community is struggling with a 2 year long drought and now local farmer Luke Hadler appears to have murdered his wife and son and shot himself. Buried deep in the community psyche is the unresolved death 20 years ago of a teenage school girl, Ellie Deacon, who drowned in a local swimming hole. Was it an accidental drowning? Did she commit suicide? Or was she murdered? Is there a connection between Ellie Deacon's death and the Hadler Family tragedy? I am here to help the community come to terms with its grief and help them shine a light on the long buried secrets that everyone has turned a blind eye to.
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Dream notes and associations
Saw the movie last night, read the book within the past 12 months.. I highly recommend both. Before going in to see the movie, I pondered how will I see this movie, given that I already know the ending. My dream provided the answer. Watching the movie , last night, I really felt the grief that the community was experiencing. Unfortunately I can't remember much of the detail of the dream but I do remember my purpose in the dream
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Hi Lindsay, my condolences again for the loss of your brother.
It does sound like there is a strong connection here between helping the community in your dream and the role/purpose you play in your family. It also sounds like your psyche is continuing to assist with your grief through dreaming. I’m intrigued by the buried secrets and the theme of turning a blind eye in this dream.
I guess you would have to know the book, The Dry, to understand the reference to the buried secrets and lies. There is no shortage of them among the community. The part of the movie that had the most impact on me was the part where Gretchen reveals, to Aaron Faulk, that Ellie Deacon was sexually abused by her father and that everyone (except Aaron) knew about it, but turned a blind eye to it. It was the look on Gretchen’s face when she admits that she could have done something about it but didn’t, and she looks away. I felt that very deeply.
The 4 central characters are best school mates Luke Hadler and Aaron Faulk and Ellie Deacon and Gretchen. Aaron is very keen on Ellie and Luke and Gretchen are an item. Luke, however, married Karen. Although Gretchen denies it to Faulk it is obvious that Luke is the father of her son, who is the same age as Luke and Karen’s son.
When I get home I will send you the book club guide that I downloaded of Jane Harper’s website. It goes into all the themes present in the book.