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2016–2017 production funding approvals

November 2016

THE BUREAU OF MAGICAL THINGS
Jonathan M Shiff Productions
Executive Producers
Julia Adams, Jonathan Shiff
Producers Jonathan Shiff, Stuart Wood
Director Evan Clarry
Writer Mark Shirrefs
Australian Distributor Network Ten
International Sales ZDF Enterprises
Synopsis A children’s drama told through the eyes of a teenage girl called Kyra who uncovers a magical world.

FIGHTING SEASON
Goalpost Pictures
Executive Producers
Ben Grant, Rosemary Blight
Producer Kylie du Fresne
Writers Blake Ayshford, Kylie Needham, Tommy Murphy, Belinda Chayko
Australian Distributor Foxtel
International Sales Sky Vision
Synopsis Fighting Season is a timely and emotionally resonant series that follows the lives of a group of Australian soldiers, and their families, returned home suddenly after their commander is killed in suspicious circumstances in Afghanistan. Part mystery thriller, part relationship drama, it asks us to examine the human costs of war.

FRIDAY ON MY MIND
Playmaker
Executive Producers
Sally Riley, Kym Goldsworthy
Producers Dianne Haddon, David Maher, David Taylor
Director Shaw Seet
Writer Christopher Lee
Australian Distributor ABC, Sony 
International Sales Sony
Synopsis Before INXS...before ACDC...five migrant boys took Australian music to the world.

GRACE BESIDE ME
Magpie Pictures

Producers Lois Randall, Dena Curtis
Directors Beck Cole, Adrian Russell Wills
Writers Danielle MacLean, Jon Bell, Sue McPherson, Briar Grace-Smith, Adrian Russell Wills, Tristan Savage, Erica Glynn
Australian Distributor NITV (premiere), ABC ME (second window), Disney
International Sales 9Story
Synopsis Fuzzy Mac just wants to be an ordinary teenager and have fun with her mates… but when the Ancestors have other plans and you keep seeing ghosts, that’s not so easy!

SAFE HARBOUR
Matchbox Pictures
Producer
Stephen Corvini
Director Daniel Nettheim
Writers Belinda Chayko, Phil Enchelmaier, Matt Cameron
Australian Distributor SBS
International Sales Universal Media Studios International
Synopsis Four years after six Australians on a yachting holiday came to the aid of an asylum seeker boat, a tragic series of events return to haunt them.

THE SECRET DAUGHTER Season 2
Screentime
Executive Producer
Rory Callaghan
Producers Kerrie Mainwaring, Lauren Edwards 
Director Paul Moloney, Geoff Bennett
Writers Stuart Page, Eloise Healey, Jessica Bookman, Niki Aken
Australian Distributor Seven Network, Screentime
International Sales Banjay International
Synopsis After the events of series 1, Billie Carter has committed herself to a new policy of absolute honesty, but this will be put to the test once she discovers she actually is Jack Norton’s secret daughter – and she’s not the only one.

SUNSHINE
Essential Media
Producers
Ian Collie, Sarah Shaw, Anna McLeish
Director Daina Reid
Writers Matt Cameron, Elise McCredie
Australian Distributor SBS, Roadshow 
International Sales FremantleMedia
Synopsis When a privileged suburban teen is critically assaulted, the blame is quickly laid on a group of young men from Melbourne’s South Sudanese community – jeopardising the dreams of 18-year-old star basketballer Jacob Chagai. But the truth is never black and white.

UNTITLED PROJECT
Announcement to come

September 2016

HERE COME THE HABIBS SERIES 2
Ronde Pty Ltd, Jungle FTV Pty Ltd
Executive Producers 
Ben Davies, Jason Burrows
Producer Chloe Rickard
Writers Phil Lloyd, Rob Shehadie, Tahir Bilgic
Australian Distributor Nine Network
International Sales Nine Films
Synopsis Lebanese migrant family, 'The Habibs', continue to turn life in Australia's poshest suburb, upside down.

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK
FremantleMedia Australia Pty Ltd
Executive Producers 
Jo Porter, Anthony Ellis
Producer Antonia Barnard
Writers Beatrix Christian, Alice Addison
Australian Distributor Foxtel
International Sales FremantleMedia Ltd
Synopsis A trailblazing re-imagining of the iconic and timeless Australian novel by Joan Lindsay, Picnic At Hanging Rock plunges viewers into the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day 1900 and the far-reaching aftermath. 

PULSE
Clandestine TV, Beyond Entertainment Pty Ltd
Executive Producers 
David Ogilvy, Ron Saunders
Producers Kristine Wyld, Antony I Ginnane
Director Peter Andrikidis, Ana Kokkinos, TBC
Writers Michael Miller, Kristine Wyld, Melanie Wyld, Kristen Dunphy, Mandy McCarthy
Australian Distributor ABC
International Sales ABC Commercial
Synopsis A transplant patient becomes a doctor in the life and death world of the cardio-thoracic ward of a major teaching hospital, where she and her colleagues have to face the political, personal and professional realities of working at the coalface of an ailing medical system.

WAKE IN FRIGHT
Lingo Pictures Pty Ltd
Executive Producers
Jason Stephens, Carl Fennessy, Mark Fennessy
Producers Helen Bowden, Kristian Moliere
Director Kriv Stenders
Writer Stephen M. Irwin
Australian Distributor Network Ten
International Sales Endemol Shine International
Synopsis A young schoolteacher descends into his own personal nightmare after being marooned in a small mining town.

WARNIE
Screentime Pty Limited
Executive Producer
Rory Callaghan
Producer Kerrie Mainwaring
Writer Matt Ford
Australian Distributor Seven Network
International Sales Banjay, Screentime Commercial
Synopsis Rocked by scandal and struggling with injury, Shane battles to stay on top.

 

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