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Mick Pacholli
26th June 2013, 03:41 PM
Screen Australia today announced almost $15.5 million investment in three feature projects, five adult drama series, one two-part adult drama telemovie and three children’s series, triggering almost $84 million in production. The slate of projects marks a strong start to Screen Australia’s 2013/14 investment cycle.
Feature projects include writer/director/producer Robert Connolly’s Paper Planes, a children’s drama about a young boy from a small outback town who dreams of competing in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan. The film is written by Steve Worland and produced by Maggie Miles and Liz Kearney.
Producers/writers/directors Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody’s new feature Ruin, a low-budget drama set in Cambodia, and acclaimed emerging director Ariel Kleiman’s arthouse drama Partisan were also supported with investment. Partisan is produced by Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw and written by both Ariel Kleiman and Sarah Cyngler.
Screen Australia’s Chief Executive Ruth Harley said, “It’s great to support a feature film for child audiences from such an experienced director as Robert Connolly, alongside two exciting new distinctive films from rising Australian talents.”
In the first of two television funding rounds for 2013/14, adult television drama investments include ANZAC Girls, a six-part period drama series produced for the ABC, based on the extraordinary young Australian and New Zealander women who served as nurses in World War I. The series is produced by Lisa Scott and Felicity Packard, written by Felicity Packard and Niki Aken and directed by Ken Cameron and Ian Watson.
Based on the true story of the investigation that led to the arrest of serial killer Ivan Milat, Catching Milat is a two-part telemovie produced for the Seven Network from producer Kerrie Mainwaring, writer Justin Monjo and director Peter Andrikidis.
The SBS cult comedy series Danger 5 will receive investment for a second season and will once again be produced by Kate Croser with producer/writer/director Dario Russo and writer David Ashby.
The Gallipoli Story is a new four-part mini-series produced for Foxtel about three journalists sent with the troops to Gallipoli in 1915, and how their quest for the truth helped change the war’s course - and its legend. The mini-series is produced by Penny Chapman, John Schwarz and Jacquelin Perske and is written by Jacquelin Perske, Shaun Grant, Cate Shortland and Stuart Beattie. Sam Worthington, Penny Win, Michael McMahon, Michael Schwarz and Luca Scalisi are executive producers on the project.
The eight-part series for Network Nine, Love Child, is a character drama set in 1969 in Kings Cross; the time and place Australia came of age and the new generation broke all the rules. The series is produced by*David Maher, David Taylor, Sarah Lambert and Sue Seeary, written by*Tim Pye, Liz Doran and Sarah Lambert and will be directed by Shawn Seet, Shirley Barrett, Geoff Bennett and Ian Barry.
Producers John Edwards and Imogen Banks’s Party Tricks is a new six-part series for Network Ten written by Michael Lucas, about a woman’s campaign to be the next State Premier and the complications that arise when her ex-lover is announced as the new leader of the opposition.
Dr Harley said, “Quality Australian television drama continues to rate extremely well, television production companies are blossoming and forging productive relationships with broadcasters hungry for product and this funding round in particular was highly competitive.”
Children’s drama investments include series two of the 26-part live-action adventure In Your Dreams, produced for the Seven Network by Noel Price, writers Josh Mapleston, John Armstrong, Tim Gooding, Julie Miller and director Ralph Strasser.
A mockumentary children’s comedy series about what happens at snack time in the primary school playground, Little Lunch was supported with investment. The ABC3 series is based on*the books written by Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane and is produced and written by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope and directed by Wayne Hope.
Also approved for investment was producer Jonathan M Shiff’s second series of Mako Island of Secrets. The 26-part live action series produced for Network Ten and ZDF Germany is written by Anthony Morris, Michael Joshua and Max Dann and will be directed by Evan Clarry and Grant Brown.
FEATURES
PAPER PLANES
Arenamedia Pty Ltd
Producers Robert Connolly, Maggie Miles, Liz Kearney
Writers Robert Connolly, Steve Worland
Director Robert Connolly
International Sales Arclight Films
Australian Distributor Footprint Films
Synopsis Young Dylan, from a small outback town, dreams of competing in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.
RUIN
Flood Projects
Producers Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody
Writers Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody
Directors Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody
International Sales XYZ
Australian Distributor Madman Entertainment
Synopsis A fable of violence and love in modern-day Cambodia.
PARTISAN
Warp Films Australia Pty Ltd
Producers Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw
Director Ariel Kleiman
Writers Ariel Kleiman, Sarah Cyngler
Australian Distributor Madman Entertainment
International Sales Protagonist Pictures
Synopsis A confronting tale about Alexander who, raised to see the world through Gregori’s eyes, is starting to think for himself.
ADULT TV DRAMA
ANZAC GIRLS
AG TV (SPV of Screentime)
Producers Lisa Scott, Felicity Packard
Writers Felicity Packard, Niki Aken
Directors Ken Cameron, Ian Watson
Broadcaster ABC Television
Domestic Sales Village Roadshow
International Sales ALL3MEDIA
Synopsis In World War I, 3000 young Aussie and Kiwi women served as nurses – nearly 300 were decorated for courage beyond the call of duty. But they were also just ordinary girls. A story based on real events and real people.
CATCHING MILAT
Shine (Aust) Pty Ltd
Producer Kerrie Mainwaring
Writer Justin Monjo
Director Peter Andrikidis
Broadcaster Seven Network
International Sales Shine International
Synopsis This true story of the investigation that leads to the arrest of Ivan Milat details Detective Paul Gordon’s struggle to find the killer – and then convince his bosses he is on the right track.
DANGER 5 SERIES 2
Dinosaur Pty Ltd
Producers Kate Croser, Dario Russo
Writer Dario Russo, David Ashby
Director Dario Russo
Broadcaster SBS
Domestic Sales SBS Content Sales
Synopsis It’s Christmas in the 1980s. Adolf Hitler is alive and has two Yuletide wishes: Danger 5 dead… and the world under his Christmas tree.
THE GALLIPOLI STORY
Matchbox Pictures Pty Ltd, Full Clip Productions LLC
Producers Penny Chapman, John Schwarz, Jacquelin Perske
Executive producers Sam Worthington, Penny Win, Michael McMahon, Michael Schwarz, Luca Scalisi
Directors TBC
Writers Jacquelin Perske, Shaun Grant, Cate Shortland, Stuart Beattie
Broadcaster Foxtel
International Sales NBC Universal
Synopsis The story of journalists Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead Bartlett and Philip Schuler, sent with the troops to Gallipoli in 1915, and how their quest for the truth helped change the war’s course – and its legend.
LOVE CHILD
Playmaker Media Pty Ltd
Producers*David Maher, David Taylor, Sarah Lambert, Sue Seeary
Writers*Tim Pye, Liz Doran, Sarah Lambert
Directors*Shawn Seet, Shirley Barrett, Geoff Bennett, Ian Barry*
Broadcaster*Nine Network
International Sales*ALL3MEDIA
Synopsis*A character drama set in 1969 in Kings Cross; the time and place Australia came of age and the new generation broke all the rules.
PARTY TRICKS
Southern Star Entertainment Pty Ltd
Producers Imogen Banks, John Edwards
Writer Michael Lucas
Broadcaster Network Ten
International Sales Endemol Worldwide Distribution
Synopsis A woman’s campaign to be the next State Premier is complicated when her ex-lover is announced as the new leader of the opposition.
CHILDREN’S TV DRAMA
IN YOUR DREAMS SERIES 2
Southern Star Entertainment****
Producer Noel Price
Writers Josh Mapleston, John Armstrong, Tim Gooding, Julie Miller
Director Ralph Strasser
Broadcasters Seven Network, NDR
International Sales Endemol Worldwide Distribution
Synopsis Sam and Ben are settling back into life in Australia when their eccentric German relatives, Philipp and Lili von Hasenburg arrive unexpectedly. But things suddenly go pear shaped when Philipp is arrested and can't return to Germany. The*Australian twins must then make choices that will affect the lives of everyone around them.
LITTLE LUNCH
Gristmill Pty Ltd
Producers Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope
Writers Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope
Director Wayne Hope
Broadcaster ABC 3
International Sales ACTF
Synopsis A mockumentary series about what happens at snack time in the primary school playground, based on*the books written by Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane.
MAKO ISLAND OF SECRETS SERIES 2
Jonathan M Shiff Productions (JMSP)
Producer Jonathan M Shiff
Writers Anthony Morris, Michael Joshua, Max Dann
Directors Evan Clarry, Grant Brown
Broadcasters Network Ten (Domestic), ZDF Germany (German-speaking)
International Sales ZDF Enterprises
Synopsis A new mermaid arrives convinced that Zac is a danger to mermaids everywhere, not realising that there may be another merman in town bent on seizing Mako Island for himself.


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Teri Calder T: 02 8113 5833; M: 0408 440 995
teri.calder@screenaustralia.gov.au (teri.calder@screenaustralia.gov.au?subject=Re: Screen Australia media enquiry)



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