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29 11 2016 - Media release

$15 million for fifteen projects: Screen Australia’s latest film and TV funding round includes Fred Schepisi’s Andorra and a remake of 1976 classic Storm Boy


The latest round of Screen Australia funding supports a diverse slate of stories that venture across the globe and cater to all kinds of audiences - from family-friendly content like the remake of Australian classic Storm Boy and season two of The Secret Daughter, bold war dramas Jirga and Fighting Season, romantic thriller Andorra, the music biopic Friday On My Mind and sports drama Sunshine.

Seven films and eight television series were approved for production investment funding at the latest Screen Australia board meeting on Friday November 11, totalling more than $15 million in funding.

Graeme Mason, CEO of Screen Australia said: “This is a bumper slate of titles for our last production investment funding round of the calendar year. We are delighted to be supporting TV projects from so many of the major players all in one round including Foxtel, Channel Seven, Network Ten, the ABC and SBS. And in film we look forward to seeing the latest from acclaimed talents Fred Schepisi, Jonathan Teplitzky and John Maynard.”

The successful feature film projects are:

  • The authentic war film Jirga, which marks the second feature from writer/director Benjamin Gilmour following his acclaimed 2007 debut Son of a Lion. Produced by John Maynard (Sherpa, Balibo), Jirga follows an Australian soldier who returns to Afghanistan to make amends for the death of an unarmed civilian he accidentally killed in combat. Gilmour has already filmed extensively in Afghanistan under dangerous conditions.
  • From Golden Globe winning director Fred Schepisi (Empire Falls, The Devil’s Playground) comes Andorra, a romantic thriller with an all-star cast including Guy Pearce and Toni Collette, alongside Gillian Anderson, Clive Owen and Joanna Lumley. Pearce will play Alexander Fox, a bookseller who leaves the US to begin a new life abroad but quickly becomes embroiled in a mysterious local murder.

A further three feature film projects have received conditional funding and will be announced at a later stage.

The successful television drama projects are:

A further two television projects were also approved and will be announced in the coming months.

Click here for more information about this round of feature film projects.

Click here for more information about this round of television projects. 

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