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Documentaries - 19 August 2008

ANATOMY OF A MASSACRE
Cordell Jigsaw Productions Pty Ltd
Executive Producer Michael Cordell
Directors Andrew Sully, Max Stahl
Sales and Distribution ABC TV, Target Entertainment
Synopsis Tells the story of a forensic investigation into one of the world’s most notorious massacres. In 1991, an estimated 200 people were shot and killed by the Indonesian military during an independence march in occupied East Timor. None of the victims’ bodies has ever been found. Now forensic pathologists from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine have been asked to help find and identify the victims.

CHINA ART
Grubstreet Media Pty Ltd
Producers Peter Hiscock, Graham Davis
Director Catherine Hunter
Sales and Distribution ABC TV, Australia Network
Synopsis Art and life combine in spectacular fashion on screen as Chinese contemporary artists reflect the vast social upheaval that has accompanied China’s emergence as a world economic power.

CONTACT
Contact Films Pty Ltd
Producers/Directors Martin Butler, Bentley Dean
Sales and Distribution ABC TV, ZDF/ARTE, ABC Commercial
Synopsis Contact will be constructed around one of the most extraordinary pieces of footage in Australian history: the moment in 1964 where a group of 20 Martu women and children walked out of the Great Sandy Desert into a new universe of European modernity. The event was only captured on film because scientists were testing the Blue Streak Rocket in the desert at the time. Many of the players on both sides are alive to recreate and tell their story.

FOR VALOUR
Bearcage Pty Ltd
Producer Michael Tear
Director Serge Ou
Sales and Distribution Foxtel History Channel
Synopsis Ordinary people. Extraordinary deeds. On the road from Sydney to Canberra 22 ordinary Australians are remembered for their extraordinary deeds of courage and sacrifice: they are winners of the Victoria Cross. This is their story.

HEARTBREAK SCIENCE
Prospero Productions (2006) Pty Ltd
Producers Alan Ed Punchard, Julia Redwood
Director Andrea Ulbrick
Sales and Distribution SBS, BBC Scotland, BBC Worldwide
Synopsis Could the heart be more than just a pump? Startling first-hand experiences appear to suggest something absolutely incredible – that the heart may be capable of thinking, feeling and remembering. Now, in the battle against heart disease, doctors are searching for answers that could finally unlock the mysteries of the heart and understand an intriguing system of neurons dubbed ‘the little brain in the heart’.

MY ASIAN HEART
CM Film Productions and Frontline Films
Producers Carmelo Musca, David Bradbury
Director David Bradbury
Sales and Distribution SBS TV, SBS Content Sales
Synopsis Contemporary Australian photographer Philip Blenkinsop brings us Asia, a world of conflict, life, love and beauty – a unique perspective through his Asian heart.

THE OCEAN’S SUPER MUM – A SEA LION ODYSSEY
Content Mint Pty Ltd
Producer Tina Dalton
Director Susan McMillan
Sales and Distribution ABC, ZDF Arte, National Geographic Television International
Synopsis A natural history documentary featuring previously unknown underwater behaviour, and a passionate and engaging scientist whose mission it is to unlock the secrets of the most devoted of all marine mothers – the Australian Sea Lion.

SKIPPY: AUSTRALIA'S FIRST SUPERSTAR
Electric Pictures Pty Ltd
Producers Andrew Ogilvie, Andrea Quesnelle
Director Stephen Oliver
Sales and Distribution ABC, BBC, BBC Worldwide, NRK
Synopsis The inside story of a remarkable television series starring a crime-fighting kangaroo who became the emblem of a nation for children the world over.

WINNING WORLD WAR 1 – THE WESTERN FRONT DIARIES
Dunheved Pty Ltd
Producers Dr Jonathan King, Bill Leimbach
Presenter/writer Dr Jonathan King
Director Bill Leimbach
Sales and Distribution Foxtel History Channel, Roadshow Entertainment
Synopsis ANZACS on the Western Front, battle by battle. To celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the end of WWI, this will be an Armistice Day tribute to the Australian soldiers who fought in the battles of the Western Front from Fromelles (July 1916) to Montbrehain (October 1918) and through to the Armistice. The film is based on the book by Jonathan King “Western Front Diaries - World War 1 Anzac stories battle by battle”(Simon Schusper October 2008).



Documentary Series

 

ANGELS IN NEW YORK
Angels Television Pty Ltd
Producers Gregory Miller, Elizabeth Courtenay
Director Chester Dent
Sales and Distribution SBS TV, Ovation, SBS Content Sales
Synopsis Two rookie writer/producers from Sydney take on Broadway with a most unique show Angels – the Musical!

BUSH SLAM
Freehand Productions Pty Ltd
Executive Producer Rick Spence
Series Producer/Directors Matt Scully, Chris Thorburn
Sales and Distribution ABC TV, BBC Worldwide
Synopsis Bush Slam brings together Australia’s top poets, songwriters and comedians in a performance best described as a poetry brawl.  Two poets, one town, capturing the heartbeat of the nation in verse.

PERSONS OF INTEREST
Smart St Films Pty Ltd
Producers Frank Haines, Gai Steele
Series Director Haydn Keenan
Sales and Distribution TBC
Synopsis Four Australians show us through their ASIO files. Using evidence kept secret for more than thirty years, Persons of Interest is the story of ASIO and the people they spied on.

WHATEVER! THE SCIENCE OF TEENAGERS
Essential Media & Entertainment Pty Ltd
Producers Ian Collie, Chris Hilton
Directors Daniella Ortega
Sales and Distribution ABC TV
Synopsis Why do perfectly loveable children turn into grunting aliens overnight? Teenagers are in limbo. Not yet adults, but no longer children, they are caught up in a confusing world of intense and rapid change; to their bodies, their emotions and in their relationships with the rest of the world. The stakes are high: problems affecting teenagers are of enormous significance, with profound ramifications for their own future as well as the rest of society – but at last science has some answers to one of life’s greatest mysteries.


Commissioned Production

TACKLING PEACE
Screen Australia in association with Dreamstone Productions & GFN Productions
Executive Producer Catriona Hughes
Producer/Director/Writer Marc Radomsky
Sales and Distribution Screen Australia Promotions and Distribution
Synopsis  A one-hour documentary with Network Ten about a combined
Israeli-Palestinian Aussie Rules football team that will travel to Australia in September to compete in the 2008 AFL International Cup. But none of the players has ever played this Australian code of football before. Can these traditional enemies sideline decades of conflict to compete together against the world?