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DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION – PRODUCER PROGRAM

December 2016

‘I USED TO BE NORMAL’ – A BOYBAND FANGIRL STORY
1 x 90mins
Over Here Productions
Producers Jessica Leski, Rita Walsh
Executive Producers Kristina Ceyton, Samantha Jennings
Director / Writer Jessica Leski
Distributor Madman Entertainment
Synopsis A coming-of-age story told through the prism of boyband obsessions. Hilarious, heartbreaking, and fascinating, this documentary will surprise you by introducing five fangirls across three generations who have their lives dramatically changed by loving a boyband.

SANCTUARY
1 x 90mins
Bunya Treehouse Productions Pty Ltd
Producer Greer Simpkin
Executive Producer David Jowsey
Director Kaye Harrison
Distributor Dark Matter
Synopsis The inspiring story of a man who survives war, detention and his own demons in search of peace and freedom…sanctuary.

SIXTEEN LEGS
1 x 95mins
Bookend Enterprises Pty Ltd
Producer / Writer
Niall Doran
Executive Producer Madeleine Heatherton, Media Stockade
Directors Niall Doran, Justin Smith
Synopsis Meet some of the oldest still-living Australians: giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates trying to find love in the dark…

STORM RIDER
1 x 15mins
Badfaith Pty Ltd
Producer / Executive Producer Leo Faber
Director Shaun Gladwell
Distributor SBS
Synopsis An immersive VR documentary that tells the story of artist Shaun Gladwell’s creative relationship with an Islamic skater crew as they set out to recreate his most significant work in a decade. It will highlight the challenges of one member of the crew, Chadnee, faces as a woman torn between her faith and freedom of expression.

VITAMANIA – THE SENSE AND NONSENSE OF VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS
1 x 90mins
Genepool Productions Pty Ltd
Executive Producer / Producer / Director / Writer Sonya Pemberton
Broadcaster SBS Australia, Arte France
Synopsis Dr Derek Muller takes us on an epic adventure, a world-spanning investigation of vitamin science and history, asking how do we decide whether to take vitamin supplements, or not?

YOU SEE MONSTERS
1 x 58 mins
Chemical Media Pty Ltd
Producer / Director Tony Jackson
Writer David Collins
Broadcaster ABC TV
Synopsis You See Monsters is an exploration of the power of art to challenge assumptions, smash preconceptions and change the way that we view the world. It is told through the personal experiences and creative endeavors of half a dozen Australian Muslim artists working on the fault line where art, faith and politics intersect.

October 2016

A SENSE OF SELF
1 x 55mins
Contact Films Pty Ltd
Producers Martin Butler, Bentley Dean, Carolyn Johnson
Directors Liz Jackson, Martin Butler, Bentley Dean
Synopsis When acclaimed TV journalist Liz Jackson is diagnosed with a form of Parkinson’s disease that cripples her with pain and panic attacks, she turns the lens on herself to make the most challenging story of her life.

DYING TO LIVE
1 x 85mins
Gifting Life Pty Ltd
Producers Richard Todd, Ben McNeill
Director Richard Todd
Writer 
Sarah Rossetti
Synopsis One lone father has paid the ultimate price with the tragic loss of a seven year old daughter, who became one of Australia’s youngest organ donors. He has lobbied tirelessly to raise public awareness in the ten years since she died, and will stop at nothing until he changes the country’s policy to assume consent to organ and tissue donation for all Australians, unless we opt out. 

FROM UNDER THE RUBBLE
1 x 80mins
Sensible Films Pty Ltd
Producer Anne Tsoulis, John Moore
Director / Writer Anne Tsoulis
Synopsis Zeinat Samouni and her children give their account of what happened when Israeli soldiers came into their Gaza neighbourhood killing 48 members of their extended family.

FLIGHT OF THE RHINO
1 x 90mins
Wildbear Entertainment Pty Ltd
Executive Producers Michael Tear, Alan Erson
Producer Bettina Dalton
Director Marc Radomsky
Synopsis In the face of relentless, extinction-threatening poaching of rhinoceroses in Africa, Ray Dearlove leads a team bent on a radical, dangerous and controversial mission to airlift a breeding herd of rhino to Australia. 

MYSTIFY
1 x 100mins
Ghost Pictures Pty Ltd
Producers Richard Lowenstein, Maya Gnyp, John Battsek
Director / Writer Richard Lowenstein
Synopsis A journey into the stormy and secretive heart of Michael Hutchence, adored lead singer and songwriter of INXS.

UNTITLED
1 x 90mins
Nerdy Girl Pty Ltd
Directors Eva Orner, Hilla Medalia

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION – commissioned PROGRAM

December 2016

MY YEAR 7 LIFE
18 x 26mins
Princess Pictures
Producers Laura Waters, Karla Burt
Executive Producers Laura Waters, Emma Fitzsimons
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Through personal video diaries, My Year 7 Life delves inside the lives and minds of sixteen kids from across Australia as they navigate the transition from primary school and childhood to secondary school and adolescence.

October 2016

THE ARCHIBALD
4 x 52mins
Mint Pictures Pty Ltd
Executive Producer Adam Kay
Producer Seema Khanna, Dan Goldberg
Writer Dan Goldberg
Broadcaster Foxtel Arts
Synopsis The Archibald is a stunningly visual blue-chip, four-part series for Foxtel, following a select cast of artists and their sitters as they bid to win the 2017 Archibald, the most prestigious portraiture prize in Australia. 

THE MOSQUE
3 x 51mins
Southern Pictures Pty Ltd
Executive Producer Laurie Critchley
Producers Ross Wilson, Nicole McCuaig, Adam Adada, Adeel Qureshi, Lujayn Hawari
Writer Heather Nash
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis The untold true story of Australian Muslims as seen from inside the Mosque and by the community it serves. 

RIGHT HERE: FINDING THE GO-BETWEENS
1 x 90mins
Essential Media and Entertainment Pty Ltd
Executive Producer Chris Hilton, David Alrich
Producer Joanne Weatherstone
Director / Writer Kriv Stenders
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis The inspiring story of a remarkable friendship, collaboration and melodramatic saga behind one of the most loved, successful, influential and overlooked indie bands in Australian history – The Go-Betweens.

WAR ON WASTE
3 x 54mins
Keo Films Australia Pty Ltd
Executive Producer David Galloway
Producers Sandra Welkerling, Jodi Boylan
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Three part documentary series ‘War on Waste’ will take a critical look at every aspect of the issue of household, retail and farming waste in Australia – and ask, what is it about our consumer culture that has led us to become among the most wasteful nations on earth?

 

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