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    Screen Australia today announced $4.4 million investment in three feature films, generating almost $25 million in production investment.
    Writer/director Jocelyn Moorhouse and producer Sue Maslin’s comic drama The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Judy Davis, is a gothic tale of love, revenge and haute couture. The script is adapted from Rosalie Ham’s novel of the same name.
    Sucker, from rising directorial talent Ben Chessell, is a story about a young Chinese Australian man on the cusp of adulthood, who learns about life and lies from an ageing conman and about love from his daughter. The film is written by both Ben Chessell and Lawrence Leung, produced by Robyn Kershaw and Jason Byrne, co-produced by Jocelyn Quioc and executive produced by Joan Peters.
    Intended to be a Canadian/Australian co-production, Rest Home is a marital drama from writer/director Michael Rowe, producers Trish Lake and Serge Nol, co-producer Dan Lake and executive producer Richard Cohen.
    Screen Australia’s Head of Production Investment Ross Matthews said, “These three feature films are all outstanding projects with huge potential. The Dressmaker is a distinctive and highly entertaining film from an experienced team and an A-list cast.
    “Director/writer Michael Rowe is well versed in bringing a unique auteur vision to his films, as his Cannes Camra d'Or-winning film Leap Year (Ao bisiesto) attests, and Rest Home also has the potential to be a break-out arthouse film with a long festival life.
    “Sucker is a fresh and original film from a talented first-time feature director, which should attract a wide demographic.”
    Film Art Media Pty Ltd
    Producer Sue Maslin
    Writer/Director Jocelyn Moorhouse
    Australian Distributor Universal
    International Sales Embankment Films
    Cast Kate Winslet, Judy Davis
    Synopsis A gothic tale of love, revenge and haute couture.
    Freshwater Pictures
    Producers*Trish Lake, Serge Nol
    Co-producer*Dan Lake
    Executive Producer*Richard Cohen
    Writer/Director*Michael Rowe
    Australian Distributor*Rialto
    International Sales*Pyramide
    Synopsis*David and Mandy's marriage crosses cultures and generations but can it survive Mandy crossing the line of infidelity?
    Robyn Kershaw Productions & Jason Byrne Productions
    Producers Robyn Kershaw, Jason Byrne
    Co-producer Jocelyn Quioc
    Executive Producer Joan Peters
    Writers Ben Chessell, Lawrence Leung
    Director Ben Chessell
    Australian Distributor Madman Entertainment
    International Sales Level K
    Synopsis An 18-year-old Chinese Australian on the cusp of adulthood learns about life and lies from an ageing conman, and about love from his daughter.

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