Media Releases 2011:
Screen Australia announces investment in feature projects Drift and Satellite Boy

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Wednesday 16 March 2011

Screen Australia today announced production investment in two feature films, both hailing from Western Australia.

Sam Worthington (Avatar) will star in Drift (p: Michele Bennett, Tim Duffy, Myles Pollard, ep: Joan Peters, w: Morgan O’Neill), a character-driven action drama set in the surfing world directed by Morgan O’Neill and Ben Nott.

Satellite Boy (p: David Jowsey, Sue Seeary, w/d: Catriona McKenzie) is an Indigenous coming-of-age story set in the Kimberley region from rising talent Catriona McKenzie. McKenzie’s directorial feature debut is a heartfelt, moving and uplifting story about a young boy’s journey to save his home and ultimately himself.

Following an investment announcement last week, these two projects bring the total of Screen Australia's production investment this year to $12.6 million in 17 projects, triggering production worth over $43 million.

Screen Australia’s Acting Chief Executive Fiona Cameron said, “These feature projects represent distinctive Australian storytelling in all its diversity of genre and style.”

Drift combines serious Australian talent both in front of and behind the camera with Morgan O’Neill and Ben Nott, together with Sam Worthington who has been in some of the highest grossing international films of the last few years,” said Ms Cameron.

“The unique combination of surfing and performance expertise gives Drift the potential to be the first character-driven action movie set in the surfing world since Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break.

“Indigenous filmmaking is going from strength to strength with Satellite Boy as the latest instalment in world-class Indigenous storytelling. Satellite Boy, told through the distinctive cultural lens of the Kimberley region, has the ability to make a significant contribution to screen culture and the national cultural life,” concluded Ms Cameron.

DRIFT
World-Wide-Mind Films Pty Ltd
Producer Michele Bennett, Tim Duffy, Myles Pollard
Executive Producer Joan Peters
Writer Morgan O’Neill
Co-directors Morgan O’Neill, Ben Nott
International Sales TF1
Distributor Hopscotch
Synopsis It’s 1972 and after escaping their brutal past, the Fisher brothers start a new life in a remote Australian coastal town. Now they must battle suspicious locals, killer waves and ruthless bikers as they struggle to kick-start a business from their greatest passion – surfing.

SATELLITE BOY
Satellite Pictures Pty Ltd
Producers David Jowsey, Sue Seeary
Writer/Director Catriona McKenzie
International Sales Celluloid Dreams
Distributors Hopscotch, ABC TV
Synopsis Satellite Boy is a film about a small boy, Pete, who tries to save his home from developers. It's a story about courage and friendship that reveals how powerful a dream can be… if you don’t understand it's meant to be impossible.


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

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