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    Screen Australia today announced over $3.2 million investment in 10 documentaries, generating almost $10 million in production.
    From the National Documentary Program (NDP), 88, directed by Adrian Russell Wills, tells a story from 1988 that would change the nation, when 30,000 Aboriginal people marched in Sydney. The documentary is written by both Adrian Russell Wills and Michaela Perske, and is produced for the ABC by Michaela Perske.
    Also from the NDP, is the two-part ABC documentary Life at 9, in which writer/director Jennifer Peedom continues the stories of 10 Australian children against the backdrop of the largest-ever longitudinal scientific study done on child development. Life at 9 is produced by Naomi Just and executive produced by Jennifer Cummins.
    Taking on the Chocolate Frog is a three-part documentary series produced for SBS Subscription Channel and STUDIO, which follows an unlikely bunch of Shakespearean wannabes. The series comes from writer/director Debbie Cuell and producers Bob Campbell, Simon Steel and Debbie Cuell.
    The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse is the story of the 135,000 Australian horses that went to the First World War. It is written by Barry Strickland, directed by Russell Vines and produced by Marian Bartsch for ABC TV.
    From the General Documentary Program (GDP), Crash Test Mummies and Daddies is a six-part ABC2 documentary series that provides a snapshot of contemporary Australian parenting, from producer/writers Judith John-Story and Claire Haywood. The third season of the ABC’s six-part documentary series Family Confidential will also be supported through the GDP, and will be directed by Kay Pavlou along with producers and directors Heather Nash and Laurie Critchley. The series will also be produced by Robyn Smith.
    Outback Choir is a one-off documentary from writer/director Lisa Nicol, which provides an intimate portrait of growing up in regional Australia and the difference belonging to a choir can make. It’s produced for ABC1 by Jennifer Cummins and Seema Khanna.
    Who We Are 3 is a one-off documentary told through the eyes of six young Australians, exploring and celebrating the diversity of contemporary Indigenous Australia. It’s written by Larissa Behrendt and Suzi Taylor, and is produced for Foxtel by Alice Taylor and Nicolas Lee.
    From the International Documentary Program (IDP), The Flying Miners is a three-part ABC series about everyday Australians who travel far and wide to make it in the mining industry. It is produced by David Peter.*******
    The two-part documentary Wizards of Oz follows Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson, who sets out to understand why Barry Humphries, Robert Hughes, Germaine Greer and Clive James left Australia in the 1960s and how they became cultural icons. Wizards of Oz is written by Howard Jacobson, directed by Paul Clarke and produced for ABC1 and BBC4 by Margie Bryant, Dan Goldberg and Adam Kay.
    NATIONAL DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM
    88
    58 mins
    Puksekey Productions Pty Ltd
    Producer Michaela Perske
    Director Adrian Russell Wills
    Writers Adrian Russell Wills, Michaela Perske
    Sales Agent Flame Distribution
    Broadcaster ABC TV
    Synopsis In 1988, over 30,000 Aboriginal people converged in Sydney for a march that would change the nation.
    LIFE AT 9
    2 x 57 mins
    Life at 9 Pty Ltd
    Executive Producer Jennifer Cummins
    Producers
    Naomi Just
    Writer/Director Jennifer Peedom
    Broadcaster ABC
    Synopsis Life at 9 continues the stories of 10 Australian children against the backdrop of the largest-ever longitudinal scientific study done on child development, this time looking at identity and creativity.
    TAKING ON THE CHOCOLATE FROG
    3 x 54 mins
    Screentime Pty Ltd
    Producers Bob Campbell, Simon Steel, Debbie Cuell
    Writer/Director Debbie Cuell
    Sales Agent Banijay International
    Broadcaster SBS Subscription Channel, STUDIO
    Synopsis Taking on the Chocolate Frog is a remarkable documentary series that follows an unlikely bunch of Shakespearean wannabes.
    THE WALER: AUSTRALIA'S GREAT WAR HORSE
    57 mins
    Paalma Pty Ltd trading as Mago Films
    Producer Marian Bartsch
    Writer Barry Strickland
    Director Russell Vines
    Sales Agent ABC Commercial
    Broadcaster ABC TV
    Synopsis Over 135,000 Australian horses went to the Great War. Only one came home. This is their story.
    GENERAL DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM
    CRASH TEST MUMMIES AND DADDIES
    6 x 30 mins
    Southern Star Entertainment Pty Ltd
    Producers/Writers Judith John-Story, Claire Haywood
    Sales Agent Endemol Worldwide Distribution
    Broadcaster ABC2
    Synopsis A snapshot of contemporary Australian parenting as four very different parents face the challenges, pressures, tears and laughter that accompany the biggest life-changing event in their lives – the birth of their first child.
    FAMILY CONFIDENTIAL SEASON THREE
    6 x 30 mins
    Kalmedia Pty Ltd & Southern Pictures
    Producers
    Laurie Critchley, Heather Nash, Robyn Smith
    Directors Kay Pavlou, Heather Nash, Laurie Critchley
    Broadcaster ABC
    Synopsis Six highly crafted half-hour films reveal the secret stories behind some of Australia's most famous families.
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    OUTBACK CHOIR
    57 mins
    Heiress Films Pty Ltd
    Producers Jennifer Cummins, Seema Khanna
    Writer/Director Lisa Nicol
    Broadcaster ABC1
    Synopsis An intimate portrait of growing up in regional Australia, and the huge difference one small choir can make.
    WHO WE ARE 3
    60 mins
    CAAMA Productions Pty Ltd
    Producers*Alice Taylor, Nicolas Lee
    Writers*Larissa Behrendt, Suzi Taylor
    Sales Agent*Ronin Films
    Broadcaster*Foxtel
    Synopsis*Through the eyes of six young Australians we explore and celebrate the diversity of contemporary Indigenous Australia.
    INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM
    THE FLYING MINERS
    3 x 57 mins
    Screentime Pty Ltd
    Series Producer David Peters
    Sales Agent Banijay International
    Broadcaster ABC
    Synopsis A high-stakes contemporary story about everyday Australians who travel far and wide to make it in the mining industry.*
    WIZARDS OF OZ
    2 x 57 mins
    Mint Pictures Pty Ltd, Serendipity Productions Pty Ltd
    Producers Margie Bryant, Dan Goldberg, Adam Kay
    Writer Howard Jacobson
    Director Paul Clarke
    Sales Agent TCB Media
    Broadcaster ABC1, BBC4
    Synopsis Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson sets off on a journey of discovery to understand why Barry Humphries, Robert Hughes, Germaine Greer and Clive James left Australia in the 1960s and how they became cultural icons – and iconoclasts – in London and New York.


    Media Enquiries
    Teri Calder T: 02 8113 5833; M: 0408 440 995
    teri.calder@screenaustralia.gov.au



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