Media Releases 2011:
Screen Australia announces Springboard and feature development investment


Friday 25 March 2011

Screen Australia today announced investment in the development of five feature films as well as in the production of three short films through the Springboard Program specifically designed to act as calling cards to feature film proposals.

Following on from a unique development process, filmmakers selected for the Springboard Program will commence production of a short film with a budget of up to $150,000. Originally, six creative teams devised and developed a short film over the course of two workshops in November 2010 and February 2011. Three of those teams will now make a short film to complement their existing feature proposal, providing a strategic tool in getting their first feature off the ground. The three selected projects are:

Bush Basher (supporting feature Dieback)
Writer/director Ben Young, Producer Ross Hutchens, Co-Producer Tenile Kennedy

Fish and Chips (supporting feature Please Explain)
Writer/Director Anna Broinowski, Producer Leanne Tonkes and Steve Kearney

The Wilding (supporting feature Scratch the Surface)
Writer/Director Grant Scicluna, Producer Jannine Barnes

Screen Australia’s Head of Development, Martha Coleman said, “Screen Australia offers multiple ways to develop feature projects. Our Feature Development Program supports a diverse range of high-quality and audience-engaging screenplays, while our Springboard Program is about long-term career building and providing an essential stepping-stone in a professional filmmaking career path.  We are proud to support all of these talented filmmakers.”

Among the feature projects to receive development investment is the character driven drama Remarkable Creatures from writer Jan Sardi (Mao’s Last Dancer, Shine), producer Heather Ogilvie and co-producer Mark Gooder.

Two thriller genre features, A Murder of Crows and Black Echoes, from Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause, the writing duo of Bait, with producers Michael Robertson and Murray Pope, will also receive development investment.


Producers Michael Robertson, Murray Pope
Writers Shayne Armstrong, Shane Krause
Synopsis A group of international tourists are taken off the beaten path to an isolated village deep in the Vietnamese countryside. They are promised a Viet Cong tunnel crawl experience that makes the famous Cu Chi Tunnels seem like a playground... Tighter, more claustrophobic, scarier – they get their money’s worth and then some.

Producers Murray Pope, Michael Robertson
Writers Shayne Armstrong, Shane Krause
Director Nick Robertson
Synopsis Lost love brought him there, cold-blooded murder kept him there, now dark vengeance takes flight.

Producer Heather Ogilvie
Co-producer Mark Gooder
Writer Jan Sardi
Synopsis Together, one woman’s gift and another’s determination result in one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 19th century, transcending class and social prejudice. A revealing portrait of the intricate and resilient nature of female friendship, based on the acclaimed novel by Tracy Chevalier.

Writer Cathy Randall
Synopsis An ensemble comedy about five young people all connected by the same sperm donor dad and their quest to find him.

Producers Silvana Milat, Paul Quin
Executive Producer Mike Bullen
Writer/Director Chris Cudlipp
Synopsis When obese 25-year-old Nigel Higson joins a medical trial for a radical new weight loss treatment the kilos begin to fall off, but the side effects are deadly – for him and his love life.

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