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2017–2018 documentary production

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Producer program

APRIL 2018

ATTENTION WARS
1 x 52mins
Serendipity Productions Pty Ltd 
Producer 
Margie Bryant
Director Kirk Marcolina
Writer Margie Bryant, Kirk Marcolina
Synopsis Presented by Vanessa Hill, a tech loving sceptic, who examines the claim that the big tech companies who virtually own the Internet are making billions by enabling the largest, most standardised and most centralised form of attention control in human history.

LITTLE JOE
12 x 8mins
Ratner&co. Pty Ltd 
Producer 
David Ratner
Executive Producers Janine Hosking, Paul Watters
Director / Writer David Ratner
Synopsis Little Joe is a black comedy documentary series based on the remarkable true stories of a western suburbs debt collector.

THE ANTARCTICA EXPERIENCE
1 x 25mins
White Spark Pictures Pty Ltd 
Producer 
Briege Whitehead
Executive Producer Ray Pedretti, Briege Whitehead
Directors Briege Whitehead, Phil Harper
Writers Briege Whitehead, Ray Pedretti
Synopsis The virtual reality expedition into the coldest place on earth.

THE COMING BACK OUT BALL – THE MOVIE
1 x 80mins
CBOB Films Pty Ltd 
Producers Adam Farrington-Williams, Sue Thomson, Roger Monk (co-producer), Tristan Meecham (co-producer)
Executive Producers Michael McMahon, Shaun Miller, Tony Nagle
Director Sue Thomson 
Writers 
Sue Thomson, Roger Monk
Synopsis The Coming Back Out Ball explores the heartbreaking and heart-warming stories of a group of older LGBTI+ people as they prepare to attend a Ball celebrating their gender and sexual identities.

December 2017

GUN RINGER
3 x 12mins
Ronde Pty Ltd 
Producers Tom Lawrence, Ash Davies (Series Producer)
Executive Producer Ben Davies 
Director Ash Davies
Writer Ben Davies 
Platform iview
Synopsis For the money and the glory, in one of the most brutal corners of the Australian outback, Indigenous Ringer Jeff Harrower does one of the most dangerous jobs on earth – feral bull catching.

DEATH ART
1 x 58mins
Ruby Girl Productions Pty Ltd
Producer
Julia Peters
Director / Writer Sascha Ettinger Epstein
Broadcaster ABC Arts
Synopsis One woman’s journey to explore what it means to use the human dead body in artwork.

MISSION: WHALESONG
1 x 46mins
Prospero Productions Pty Ltd
Producers
Julia Redwood, Ed Punchard
Executive Producers Julia Redwood, Ed Punchard
Director / Writer Russell Vines
Synopsis Mission: Whalesong travels to a far flung corner of the Indian Ocean to unlock the mysteries surrounding the largest creature on the planet…the Blue Whale.

THE FIGHT
1 x 80mins
UNF Pty Ltd, United Notions Film LLC, Pinches Gringos
Producers
Violeta Ayala, Daniel Fallshaw
Directors Violeta Ayala, Daniel Fallshaw
Writer Violeta Ayala
Synopsis What happens when people with disabilities in Bolivia have to fight for their survival? The Fight is a film about the collective willpower of the most vulnerable fighting against the most powerful.

THE HORRORS
15 x 4mins
Mashup Pictures Pty Ltd
Producer
Rob Innes
Executive Producer Mish Armstrong
Directors Rob Innes, Scott Brennan
Writer Scott Brennan
Synopsis A risk-taking documentary series that examines the common themes of Australian life, by retelling the true stories of when things go horribly wrong in creative and innovative ways.

WORKING CLASS BOY
1 x 90mins
CJZ
Producer
Toni Malone
Executive Producers Andrew Farrell, Michael Cordell
Director / Co-producer Mark Joffe
Synopsis Long before Cold Chisel, long before ‘Barnsey’, there was the true story of James Dixon Swan. A feature documentary on the early life of Australia’s biggest rock star – Jimmy Barnes. Based on his book by the same name. 

September 2017

THE COMING BACK OUT BALL
1 x 80mins
CBOB Films Pty Ltd 
Producers Adam Farrington-Williams, Sue Thomson, Roger Monk, Tristan Meecham
Executive Producers Michael McMahon, Tony Nagle, Shaun Miller
Director Sue Thomson
Synopsis Set against the backdrop of a spectacular ball, The Coming Back Out Ball is a feature documentary that explores the lives of a group of LGBTI elders, who are faced with the uncertainty of life in aged care.

KIDS
1 x 90mins
Kids Films Pty Ltd 
Producers Larissa Behrendt, Rachel Edwardson, Sophie Hyde, Maya Newell
Executive Producer Felicity Hayes
Director Maya Newell
Synopsis Set in Mparntwe Alice Springs, Kids is an observational feature documentary following ten-year-old Dujuan both in and beyond the school gates as he navigates the cultural divide in education, offering a chance to see learning and success in a new light.

NOLAN – THE MAN AND THE MYTH
1 x 58mins
Flaming Star Films Pty Ltd 
Producer Lavinia Riachi
Executive Producers Julia Peters, Sharyn Prentice  
Director / Writer Sally Aitken
Broadcaster ABC, BBC
Synopsis Sidney Nolan is unquestionably one of the best- known names in the history of modern Australian art. His images are iconic, treasures of the Australian visual language. Everyone feels they know ‘ Sid Nolan' but there’s more to the man than the public image. This film will explore and celebrate the artist and the man, going well beyond his early years to his stellar international career and all the success and turmoil that came with it.

POWER MARYS
1 x 75mins
Media Stockade Two Pty Ltd 
Producers Madeleine Hetherton, Rebecca Barry, Joanna Lester
Director Joanna Lester
Synopsis Power Marys follows Papua New Guinea’s first national women’s rugby league team, the PNG Orchids, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia as they prepare to face world champions, the Australian Jillaroos. These trailblazers must beat not only the sporting competition, but also intense prejudice, a lack of funding, and their own personal demons to reach their biggest stage yet.

ROCKABUL
1 x 75mins
Rockabul Pty Ltd 
Producers Brooke Silcox, Travis Beard, Christian Falch (co-producer), Torstein Parelius (co-producer)
Executive Producers Eddie Martin, Bill Gould, Leslie Knott, Clementine Malpas
Director Travis Beard
Synopsis Inside a decimated nation, witness the birth, rise and implosion of Afghan rock music

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Commissioned Program

MARCH 2018

GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM SERIES 4 LIVE
3 x 60mins
Cordell Jigsaw Productions Pty Ltd
Producer 
Toni Malone
Executive Producers Michael Cordell, Rick McPhee
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis Go Back Live will present a dynamic snapshot of the global refugee crisis by following refugee narratives in real time over three consecutive nights as a live documentary.

JANUARY 2018

THE ROYALS DOWN UNDER
2 x 57mins
Fredbird Entertainment
Executive Producer 
Craig Graham
Director / Writer Bernice Toni
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis A two part television event, charting the political and emotional history of Australia’s relationship with the British Monarchy, as we search for answers to an enduring question – should we maintain the British Monarch as Australia’s Head of State?

WAR ON WASTE S2
3 x 54mins
Lune Media Pty Ltd
Executive Producers 
Leonie Lowe, David Galloway, Jodi Boylan
Directors Jodi Boylan, Sandra Welkerling
Writer David Galloway
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis In the new three-part documentary series War on Waste – the Battle Continues, we’ll delve deeper into the issue of waste in Australia, and investigate ways we can all help reduce the staggering amounts we produce as a nation – from plastic water bottles, to children’s toys and the emerging new problem of e-waste.

DECEMBER 2017

THE SECRET LIFE OF FOUR YEAR OLDS
5 x 46mins
Screentime Pty Ltd
Producers
Niamh Linnie, Paul Millgate, Erica Foley
Executive Producer Jennifer Collins, Emily Griggs
Writer Basia Bonkowski
Broadcaster Network 10
Synopsis An illuminating documentary series, revealing the secret world of 4 and 5 year olds, at a pivotal age of their development.

November 2017

The Magical Land of Oz
4 x 57mins
Northern Pictures
Executive Producer
Sue Clothier, Karina Holden, Caroline Hawkins, Clare Birks
Director / Writer Tosca Looby
Broadcaster ABC, BBC
Synopsis Shaped by a distinctive climate and years of isolation, Australia has more unique, endemic species than most other countries on earth. We tell the stories of this alien world; from the exotic creatures that call this strange land their home to the jaw-dropping geography and geology more evocative of a far-away planet than Mother Earth.

Filthy Rich and Homeless Season 2
3 x 51mins
Blackfella Films Pty Ltd
Producer
Darren Dale, Jacob Hickey (Series Producer)
Writer Jacob Hickey
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis Five high profile Australians swap their privileged lives to discover what life is like for the nation’s 105,000 homeless people.

OCTOBER 2017

THE CULT OF THE FAMILY
3 x 56mins
Big Stories Co.
Producer Anna Grieve
Director / Writer Rosie Jones
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis A three part investigation into the rise and fallout of an insidious cult. 

September 2017

MY FAMILY SECRET
3 x 51mins
Artemis Media Pty Ltd
Producers Claire Forster, Robin Eastwood
Executive Producer Celia Tait
Director Steve Peddie
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis My Family Secret helps Australians uncover hidden truths and scrutinise the silences of both our family’s and our country’s past. 

DIGGING DEEP: LEST WE FORGET
1 x 56mins
Since1788 Productions Pty Ltd
Producer Tanith Glynn-Maloney
Director Erica Glynn
Writer Tanith Glynn-Maloney, Erica Glynn
Broadcaster NITV
Synopsis The documentary follows descendants as they record the untold stories of Indigenous diggers who served in the Light Horse culminating in the descendants’ participation in the Centenary commemoration in Be’er Sheva, Israel.

August 2017

AUSTRALIA IN COLOUR
4 x 51mins
Stranger Than Fiction Films Pty Ltd & Arrow Media
Producer
Jo-anne McGowan
Executive Producer Jennifer Peedom, Nick Metcalfe
Directors / Writers Alec Morgan, Lisa Matthews 
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis Australia In Colour will show the nation’s history as never seen before – in vivid colour.

100 DAYS TO VICTORY: HOW THE GREAT WAR WAS WON
2 x 58mins
Electric Pictures Pty Ltd & Bristow Global Media Inc
Executive Producers
Andrew Ogilvie and Andrea Quesnelle (Aus), Marlo Miazga and Julie Bristow (Can)
Director Don Featherstone (series)
Broadcaster Foxtel, BBC Scotland, History Channel Canada
Synopsis The exciting story of how Australia and its allies turned the tide in the final months of 1918 to win the Great War.

BLACK AS SERIES TWO – WE’RE BACK 
10 x 8mins
Rebel Films Pty Ltd
Producer 
Jeni McMahon
Executive Producer David Noakes 
Director / Writer David Batty 
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis The Black As boys are challenged at every turn by tides, breakdowns and ever present crocs in their latest Arnhem Land adventure.

HERoes
1 x 59mins
Her Films Pty Ltd
Producers / Directors / Writers Nicole Minchin, Angela Pippos
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis HEROES is a celebration of the history-making first AFL Women’s season from its breathtaking opening night through to its dramatic conclusion – as told by football’s new wave of pioneers.

TEENAGE BOSS
15 x 28mins
McAvoy Media Pty Ltd
Producer / Director
Matt Tomaszewski
Executive Producers John McAvoy, Simon Steel
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Teenage Boss is an observational documentary series that teaches Australian teenagers about the value of money and the important of financial literacy.

July 2017

MAKING CHILD PRODIGIES
6 x 28mins
Screentime Pty Ltd
Producers Jeff Siberry (series), Niamh Linnie
Executive Producer Jennifer Collins
Directors Jeff Siberry, Helen Barrow
Writers Anita Brown, Jeff Siberry
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis This series examines six extraordinary Australian children who excel in their chosen field, and asks 'What does it take to become a child prodigy?'

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Love Bites

BEYOND THE MIRRORBALL
Producers Josh Feeney, Luke Cornish
Director Luke Cornish
Synopsis We came out under the glittering disco light of the 70s, we survived the AIDS epidemic and the hedonism of the party scene. Now, we're over drugs and over 50… What's next for the LGBTQI community after the mirror ball stops spinning?

CLUB ARAK
Producer
Alissar Gazal
Director Fadia Abboud
Synopsis Club Arak a queer Arab dance party that brought Arab queers in Sydney out of the closet and onto the dancefloor.

DANCES
Producer
Stephanie Westwood
Director Ramon Watkins
Synopsis Dances' is a 5-minute documentary which explores queer experiences with dating app culture through dance and animation.

DANI BOI
Producer
Zena Bartlett
Director Logan Mucha
Synopsis Provocative drag king 'Dani Boi' Explores how radical performance art challenges gender conformity.

DESPERATELY SEEKING SHAVERS
Producer
Christina Radburn
Director / Writer Emmett Aldred
Synopsis A short bathroom sink documentary about hair and why trans and gender diverse people must ask themselves the question, to shave or not to shave.

FEZ
Producer Jessica Magro
Executive Producer Kate Paul
Director Jermaine D’Vauz
Synopsis FEZ is a high energy, short spectacle celebrating Samoan-Australian entertainer Fez Faanana and his trailblazing artistic journey from growing up in small town Ipswich, Queensland to representing Australia on the world stage in dazzling drag, with his co-founded all male burlesque company 'Briefs Factory'.

MONSTA GRAS
Producer
Jain Moralee
Director Kelli Jean Drinkwater
Synopsis Queer kraft kweens The Glitter Militia host one of Sydney’s most iconic art parties, MONSTA GRAS - a feminist political playground that redefines what it means to be Queer and celebrates Sydney's vibrant underground club culture.

QUEEN BIRYANI
Producer
Kate Vinen
Director Gary Paramanathan
Synopsis Ali, a new migrant to Sydney from Karachi, challenges gender and cultural norm by cooking delicious South Asian food and serving it with his partner at catering events, dressed in glittering saris.

SAME SAME
Producer
Lizzie Cater
Director / Writer Thomas Wilson-White
Synopsis SAME SAME is a short autobiographical documentary about growing up with gay parents, that challenges the accepted norms by re-imagining the nuclear family as queer.

WICKED WOMEN: THERE’S NO STOPPING US NOW!
Producer / Director
Anna Brownfield
Synopsis When erotic magazine Wicked Women hit the stands, it turned lesbian Australia upside down and liberated lesbian sex for generations to come.

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THE GUARDIAN INITIATIVE

THE BIG WAIT
1 x 20mins
Corrugated Films Pty Ltd
Producers 
Melissa Hayward, Pete Gleeson, Yannick Jamey 
Director / Writer 
Yannick Jamey
Synopsis Amidst a featureless desert, a couple are employed to maintain a remote airstrip and a tiny adjoining “township” that would only fill in the event of an emergency. As they wait for an eventuality which may never arrive, the infinite space becomes both their playground and prison.

LOST RAMBOS
1 x 30mins
Pursekey Productions Pty Ltd 
Producer 
Michaela Perske
Director / Writer Chris Phillips 
Synopsis What happened when M16s replaced bow and arrows in the tribal fighting of the highlands of Papua New Guinea?

OPERATIONS FROM THE BOTTOM
1 x 20mins
JOTZ Productions Pty Ltd
Producer 
Tom Zubrycki
Director / Writer Gemma Quilty 
Synopsis A young African entrepreneur and his group of friends dream of hosting the biggest dance parties in Western Sydney. Against all odds they form Operations from the Bottom and are out to prove that they can go from the bottom to the top and still be family at the end.

WHERE THE RIVER RUNS RED
1 x 15mins
Gravy Productions
Producer 
Nicholas Flynn
Director / Writer Brodie Poole
Synopsis After the closure of its economic centrepiece, the Mt Lyell Mine, the proud locals of Queenstown in western Tasmania attempt to transform their small mining town into a town with a mine, albeit with conflicting ideas for the future.


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SHOOTING CATS
1 x 20mins
Pony Films Pty Ltd
Producer 
Dylan Blowen 
Director / Writer 
Inday Ford
Platform Vice.com
Synopsis An observational documentary that explores the catastrophic impact feral cats have on Australian wildlife and the complexities environmentalists face in their attempt to find solutions to this epidemic.

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