Media Releases 2013:
Screen Australia invests $2.3 million in four SBS documentary series

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Monday 27 May 2013

Screen Australia today announced over $2.3 million investment in four SBS documentary series triggering $8.8 million in production.

Screen Australia’s Documentary Manager Liz Stevens said, “These four bold and perspective-changing documentary series will explore in detail different aspects of Australian society. We’re pleased to be able to invest in partnership with SBS to enable this talented group of documentary filmmakers to bring these stories to Australian audiences.”

From the National Documentary Program, The Catch is a three-part series directed by Stephen Oliver following Matthew Evans, presenter of SBS’s Gourmet Farmer, as he embarks on a voyage of discovery looking at the complex truths behind the seafood Australians produce. The series is produced by Sonja Armstrong and Alan Erson and is written by Michael O’Neill, Matthew Evans and Stephen Oliver.

Also produced by Sonja Armstrong and Alan Erson is the three-part series The Great Australian Race Riot, which looks at the history of tribe-on-tribe street fighting as a vicious but vital part of the way Australia really works, revealing a remarkably consistent window into who we are. The series is directed by Sally Aitken and written by Alan Erson.

Z Special Unit is a three-part series written and directed by Robert Wilkins charting the journey of Australia’s first special forces unit, to be produced by Daniel Brown, Anthony Willinge and Jacqueline Willinge.

One project was also funded through the General Documentary Program, Living with the Enemy, a bold and provocative six-part series exploring the fault lines of social cohesion in Australia.

NATIONAL DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

THE CATCH
3 x mins
Producers Sonja Armstrong, Alan Erson
Writers Michael O’Neill, Matthew Evans, Stephen Oliver
Director Stephen Oliver
Broadcaster SBS
Sales Essential Media and Entertainment
Synopsis Matthew Evans embarks on a campaigning voyage of discovery revealing the complex truths behind the seafood Australians produce and consume.

THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN RACE RIOT
3 x 52 mins
Essential Media and Entertainment
Producers Alan Erson, Chris Hilton
Writer Alan Erson
Director Sally Aitken
Broadcaster SBS
Sales Essential Media and Entertainment
Synopsis The history of tribe-on-tribe street fighting reveals the ‘race riot’ as a vicious but vital part of the way Australia really works – and a remarkably consistent window into who we are.

Z SPECIAL UNIT
3 x 52 mins
Joined Up Films
Producers Daniel Brown, Anthony Willinge, Jacqueline Willinge
Writer/Director Robert Wilkins
Broadcaster SBS
Sales SBS International
Synopsis This series charts the journey of Z Special, Australia’s first special forces unit, bringing to life the Z men’s tactics, fighting skills and war craft by recreating their gruelling training regime in the present day.

GENERAL DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

LIVING WITH THE ENEMY
6 x 52 mins
Shine Australia
Broadcaster SBS
Sales BBCW Distribution
Distributor SBS Distribution
Synopsis Living with the Enemy is a bold and provocative six-part documentary series exploring the fault lines of social cohesion in Australia. Through a series of social experiments, people on opposing sides of a key social issue or cultural divide will be immersed in each other’s lives and see if they discover a greater understanding of each other and have their deeply held views and beliefs challenged and changed.

 

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

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