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2018–2019 documentary production

Producer Program | Commissioned Program | Doco180 | Art Bites


Producer program

MARCH 2019

A GAME OF THREE HALVES
6 x 3 mins
Closer Productions
Producer 
Katrina Lucas
DirectorMatthew Bate
SynopsisSoccer is a game of three halves: The first half, the second half, and… something else.

LUCY IN THE SKY
1 x 80 mins
Samantha Griffin T/A One With Salt , Essential Media Group
Executive Producer Chris Hilton
Producers Sam Griffin
Co-producerMaya Kuzina
Director Maria Dudko
Writer Maria Dudko
Synopsis Lucy Dudko spent 7 years in prison for hijacking a helicopter to pluck her lover from jail. The director, her daughter Maria, explores events that led to her mother’s conviction, the impact on herself and the truth behind Lucy’s claims of innocence.

THE FIGHT
1 x 85 mins
UNF Pty Ltd
Producers 
Daniel Fallshaw, Redelia Shaw, Violeta Ayala
Director Violeta Ayala
Writers Daniel Fallshaw, Violeta Ayala
Synopsis Feliza and Marcelo lead a group of people with disabilities on a march that sees them trek in their wheelchairs over the Andes, only to find themselves fighting toe-to-toe with the Bolivian government.

THE REAL JAWS: THE VALERIE TAYLOR STORY
1 x 90 mins
Wildbear Entertainment Pty Ltd
Executive Producer 
Alan Erson
Producer Bettina Dalton
Director Sally Aitken
Synopsis Valerie Taylor is a shark fanatic. A pin up novelty in the nascent days of SCUBA, her incredible love affair with the ocean’s most fearsome predators spans half a century and whole lot of danger. Until now her remarkable life story has never been told.

WILD THINGS
1 x 85 mins
360 Degree Films Pty Ltd
Executive Producer 
Shaun Miller
Producer Sally Ingleton
Directors Sally Ingleton, Caro Macdonald
Synopsis Wild Thingsis a feature documentary about environmental activism in a time of crisis.

November 2018

GEETA
1
x 80 mins
Colour Films Pty Ltd
Producers
Nayana Bhandari, Adam Farrington-Williams, Dipanjali Rao
Executive Producers Clement Dunn, Tony Nagle, Geoffrey Smith
Writer/ Director/ Producer Emma Macey-Storch
Synopsis GEETA is a feature documentary about a mother’s inspiring and transformative love for her daughters and the change that follows.

JELENA; UNBREAKABLE
1 x 90 mins
Cordell Jigsaw Productions Pty Ltd
Director
 Amanda Blue
Writer Amanda Blue, Andrew Farrell
Synopsis Jelena Dokic – Unbreakable. Refugee, tennis prodigy, fighter, survivor.
Production funding for this title was revoked in April 2019.

MILKMAN
1 x 90 mins
Carver Films Pty Ltd
Producer
 Sarah Shaw
Executive Producers Luke Davies, Andrew Mackie, Anna McLeish, Richard Payten
Co-Directors Eddie Martin, Luke Davies
Synopsis Milkman is the story of Luke Davies – poet, author and Oscar-nominated screenwriter – whose semi-autobiographical novel Candy and its big screen adaptation placed him at the intersection of fiction and his own reality. Milkman tells the story of a life still being written.
Production funding for this title was revoked in April 2019.

MY BIG FAT ITALIAN KITCHEN
1 x 85 mins
Yarra Bank Films Pty Ltd
Producer
Trevor Graham, Lisa Wang
Writer/ Director Trevor Graham
Synopsis A delicious, feel good story with entrée, main course & dessert.

NO TIME FOR QUIET
1 x 85 mins
Film Camp Pty Ltd
Producers
Philippa Campey, Samantha Dinning, Hylton Shaw
Executive Producer Claire Jager
Writer/Directors Hylton Shaw, Samantha Dinning
Synopsis Struggling to establish a sense of belonging and identity, a group of teenagers find their voice through a unique rock n roll community.                          

THE BIKES OF WRATH
6 x 50 mins (series)
1 x 100 mins (feature)
Doss Flamingoss Pty Ltd
Writer/Director/Producers
 Cameron Ford, Charlie Turnbull
Synopsis Five Australian friends attempt to cycle from Oklahoma to California in honor of the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s. The Bikes of Wrath is a story of adventure, humanity, and America today, told through the lens of Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

VIDEO NASTY – THE MAKING OF RIBSPREADER
8 x 8 mins
Closer Productions Pty Ltd
Producer
Katrina Lucas
Writer/ Director Matthew Bate
Synopsis Infamous for creating ‘splatter-punk video nasties', filmmaker Dick Dale is about to make his first no-budget feature film, which promises to be an epic lo-fi filmmaking odyssey that will either make or break his career.

THE BURNSIDE CONVERSATIONS
10 x 10 mins
Rymer Childs Pty Limited
Producers
Lois Harris, Judy Rymer
Director Judy Rymer
Synopsis In 10x10 short docs for digital viewing Julian Burnside is in conversation with some of the world's leading defenders of human rights in the West. With assylum as their focus, they share their future predictions, frustrations and fears about where the world is heading.

HEADON
6 x 5 mins
Darius Devas
Producer
Anne Chesher, Darius Devas, David Elliot-Jones, Coralie Tapper
Writer/Director Darius Devas
Synopsis HeadOn is a documentary web-series presented by acclaimed short-form filmmaker Darius Devas that examines the lives of young Australians suffering in the midst of the mental health crisis. The series is driven by Darius’ desire to understand the loss of his friend to suicide and his own journey through anxiety.

UNDER THE VOLCANO
1 x 90 mins
Rush Films Pty Ltd
Producer 
Cody Greenwood, Richard Harris
Director Gracie Otto
Synopsis On a remote Caribbean island, in the shadow of a volcano, the world’s biggest recording artists made music and myth that defined an era.

AUGUST 2018

BONE TO PICK
1 x 80 mins
FanForce Productions Films Pty Ltd
Producer 
Danny Lachevre
Executive Producer Timothy White
Director Jo-Anne Brechin
Writer Jo-Anne Brechin
Synopsis A pet owner switches his dog from processed food to a raw diet in an effort to cure a range of chronic illnesses. The dog’s dramatic recovery compels the owner to embark on a journey to confront the pet food industry and end the global epidemic of sick pets.
Production funding for this title was revoked in June 2019.

CRYPTOPIA – BITCOIN, BLOCKCHAIN AND THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET 
1 x 70+ mins
3D Content Hub Pty Ltd
Producer 
Torsten Hoffmann
Executive Producer Brinda Paul
Director Michael Watchulonis, Torsten Hoffmann
Writer Torsten Hoffmann
Synopsis Is Bitcoin the biggest Ponzi scheme of our time or can its underlying technology called Blockchain provide a blueprint to build a better Internet? Join award-winning filmmaker Torsten Hoffmann (Bitcoin: The End Of Money As We Know It) on his five-year exploration of this complex and controversial technology and its sub-culture. Co-directed by Michael Watchulonis (The Wild Pacific).

FIRESTARTER – THE STORY OF BANGARRA
1 x 90 mins
In Films Pty Ltd
Producer 
Ivan O'Mahoney
Executive Producer Nial Fulton
Director Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin
Writers Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin, Ivan O'Mahoney
Synopsis Firestarter tells the story of Australia’s most iconic performing arts company – Bangarra Dance Theatre. Marking Bangarra's 30th anniversary and told through the eyes of its celebrated artistic director Stephen Page, Firestarter interweaves archive footage with exclusive interviews and intimate behind-the-scenes access to the company, its dancers and its staff. 

HEART OF THE QUEEN
1 x 85 mins
People Productions Pty Ltd
Executive Producer 
Tait Brady
Producers Carolina Sorensen, Clare Lewis
Director Matthew Walker
Writer Matthew Walker
Synopsis Wanita, a chaotic, talented, force of nature who has sacrificed everything for music, takes one last glorious stab at her lifelong dream – to become a country music great in Nashville.

MARTHA
1 x 90 mins
Projector Films 
Executive Producer 
Jennifer Peedom
Producer Daniel Joyce, Bethany Bruce (co-producer)
Director Selina Miles
Synopsis In the 1970s, photographer Martha Cooper captured the birth of the New York graffiti scene. Decades later, at age 60, she finds fame as an unlikely icon of the street art world, having unwittingly inspired the spread of graffiti around the globe.

THE BAMBOO BRIDGE
1 x 52 mins
Matadora Films Pty Ltd
Executive Producers 
Pat Fiske, Katherine Gibson
Producer Claire Fletcher, Alejandra Canales
Director Juan Salazar
Writers Juan Salazar, Katherine Gibson
Synopsis As the longest bamboo bridge in the world is dismantled for the last time, three generations of Cambodian bridge-builders share it’s stories from the past and its lessons for the future.

ULURU & THE MAGICIAN
1 x 90 mins
Brindle Films Pty Ltd
Producers 
Rachel Clements, Trisha Morton Thomas, Anna Broinowski
Director Anna Broinowski
Writer Anna Broinowski
Synopsis A struggling kids' magician decides to make Uluru disappear – with unexpected results.

STATES OF CONSENT 
1 x 20 mins
Jerboa Films
Producer Mariel Thomas
Director Blue Lucine
Writer Blue Lucine, Mariel Thomas
Synopsis Sexual consent should be simple, but in the courtroom it’s up for grabs. Who would know that the State or Territory where you take action can be the difference between guilty and not guilty….That we live in different States of Consent.

VIRTUAL YAGAN VR
6 x 5 mins 
Periscope Pictures Pty Ltd
Producer 
Alice Wolfe
Director / Writer Sam Field & Karla Heart
Synopsis This ‘time travel’ VR documentary immerses audiences in pre-contact Whadjuk Noongar culture, using the latest advances in interactive technology to give users a firsthand role in an important first contact story.  

AUSTRALIA SAYS YES
1 x 53mins
Treehouse Moving Images Pty Ltd
Producers 
Kirk Marcolina, Margie Bryant
Director / Writer Kirk Marcolina
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis A vivid picture of the five decades of struggle that created the personal and political change that brought about marriage equality in Australia.


Commissioned Program

JUNE 2019

MONEY SCHOOL
4 x 46 mins
Essential Media and Entertainment Pty Ltd
Executive Producers Brendan Dahill, Sam Griffin, Liz Pape
Director Bruce Permezel 
Writer Bruce Permezel
Broadcaster Foxtel
Synopsis Money School follows behind the scenes as Scott Pape (aka The Barefoot Investor) launches a financial revolution that he hopes will change the nation – starting with kids in school.

APRIL 2019

FAMILY RULES Season 3
6 x 26 mins
Metamorflix Pty Ltd and Karla Hart Enterprises Pty Ltd
Executive Producers / Producers Renee Kennedy, Karla Hart
Series Director Karla Hart
Field Director Claire Leeman
Writers Renee Kennedy, Karla Hart
Broadcaster NITV
Synopsis This up close and personal series gives an exclusive insight into modern Indigenous family life through the eyes of a remarkable mother and her daughters. Angela, Shenika, Kelly, Kiara, Sharna, Aleisha, Jessica and Hannah navigate their way through adolescence and adulthood as their mother, Daniella, tries to teach them life lessons. With their own unique senses of humour and style, these women learn to juggle their own aspirations with the reality of everyday life.

THE BEACH
6 x 26 mins
World Wide Mind Pty Ltd

Producers Michelle Parker, Mitchell Stanley, Tanith Glynn-Maloney 
Executive Producer Ben Nott
Director Warwick Thornton
Broadcaster National Indigenous Television (NITV)
Synopsis Award-winning film director, Warwick Thornton, alone in one of the most stunningly beautiful yet brutal outback environments in the world, attempts to disconnect and contemplate life's essentials; food, shelter and Country.

WHO SHOULD GET A PASSPORT? (working title)
3 x 55 mins 
ITV Studios Australia
Executive Producer 
Ben Ulm
Producer Elle Gibbons  
Broadcaster SBS 
Synopsis Approximately every three minutes someone gains permanent residency in Australia.  More than 60% of our annual population growth is due to net immigration. Who Should Get A Passport?is an immersive, emotional, high stakes observational documentary series following the migration lawyers and agents who advocate for those who aspire to live here. With privileged access, the series captures life-changing moments, giving an insight into the characters and the life changing outcomes.

November 2018

KALDOR PUBLIC ART PROJETCS (working title)
1x75 mins
Felix Media Pty Ltd
Executive Producer
 Bridget Ikin
Producer John Maynard
Director / Writer Samantha Lang
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis: Bringing the world to Australia, one public art project at a time.

AUSTRALIA SAYS YES
1x53 mins
Treehouse Moving Images Pty Ltd
Producers
Margie Bryant & Kirk Marcolina
Director / Writer Kirk Marcolina
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis A vivid picture of the five decades of struggle that created the personal and political change that brought about marriage equality in Australia.

BODY HACK 3.0
8x48 mins
Essential Media Group
Executive Producers
David Alrich, Chris Hilton, Todd Sampson
Director Jeff Siberry
Writer Jeff Siberry & Todd Sampson
Broadcaster Network 10
Synopsis Using science as his guide, adventurer Todd Sampson is on a mission to investigate the most extraordinary people on the planet to see what we can all learn from their lives.

EMPLOYABLE ME SEASON TWO
3 x 57mins
Northern Pictures Pty Ltd 
Executive Producer Karina Holden
Producer Jenni Wilks
Director Cian O’Clery
Broadcaster ABC 
Synopsis The critically acclaimed documentary series Employable Me returns in 2019 following the stories of nine more people with disabilities as they battle to find work.

LOVE ON THE SPECTRUM
4x57 mins
Northern Pictures Pty Ltd
Executive Producer Karina Holden
Supervising Producer Jenni Wilks
Series Producer/Director Cian O’Clery
Writers Karina Holden, Cian O’Clery
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Relationships and the dating game is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming time for everyone but particularly for those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

SILENT NO MORE (working title)
2x60 mins
Southern Pictures Pty Ltd
Executive Producer 
Laurie Critchley
Director/Writer Anita Brown
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis This two-part primetime documentary joins campaigner Tracey Spicer to reveal the true story of Australia's hidden epidemic of workplace sexual harassment, its devastating personal and public cost, and how we can change things for the better.

THE ARTFUL DISSIDENT (working title)
1 x 60 mins
Identity Films and Productions Pty Ltd
Producer
Danny Ben-Moshe
Director Danny Ben-Moshe
Writer Danny Ben-Moshe
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Undisclosed at this time

THE POOL
2x58 mins
Mint Pictures
Executive Producer
Adam Kay
Producer Dan Goldberg
Director Sally Aitken
Writer Christos Tsiolkas
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis On the surface the pool is a hedonistic playground regardless of race, sex, creed, colour or religion but beneath its alluring waters lies the surprising – and untold – story of the battleground where feminism was fashioned, racism was swept away, sexuality was liberated ... and where sporting heroes were born.

WILL AUSTRALIA EVER HAVE A BLACK PRIME MINISTER?
1X55 mins
Joined Up Films Pty Ltd
Producers
Danielle MacLean, Jacqueline Willinge
Director Catriona McKenzie
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Is Australia really the land of the ‘Fair Go’ or one that still favours the fair-skinned? We’re going to test this by asking a very simple question: Will Australia Ever Have a Black Prime Minister?

OCTOBER 2018

REVELATION
3 x 60mins
In Films Pty Ltd
Producer 
Nial Fulton
Director Deb Masters
Presenter Sarah Ferguson
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis After years of resistance, The Royal Commission finally broke the silence of the Catholic Church and unveiled the dark legacy of abuse of those in its care. In Revelation, Gold Walkley-winning journalist Sarah Ferguson pieces together the forces at play in one of the most profound stories in Australia’s history and the extraordinary drama that brought it to light. 

TRANS MISSION
1 x 51mins
Mint Pictures Pty Ltd 
Producer & Director 
Catherine Scott
Writer/Producer Dan Goldberg
Executive Producer Adam Kay
Broadcaster SBS 
Synopsis ‘Trans Mission’ follows transgender truck driver Holly Conroy, a in her bid to stage a Mardi Gras in Australia’s No. 1 Christian town: Wagga Wagga. Holly will battle priests, pastors and politicians as she works tirelessly to educate and create positive awareness of her fellow trans community.

SECRET LIFE OF DEATH
1 x 51mins
Mint Pictures Pty Ltd & Tangerine Pictures
Producer 
Nia Pericles 
Writer/Director Dan Goldberg
Executive Producers Adam Kay & Gary Russell
Broadcaster SBS 
Synopsis Secret Life of Death opens a multicultural window into the hidden world of two family-owned funeral homes in Sydney, following two young, and funny women: one who works with the living; the other who works with the dead.

BUSINESS AS USUAL (working title)
1 x 51mins
Heiress Films Pty Ltd 
Producer Jennifer Cummins 
Director / Writer Bruce Permezel
Broadcaster SBS 
Synopsis Business as Usual will be anything but, as we are given a behind the curtains peek into the colourful and chaotic world of Manjits, a family-run Events empire where ritual and family are the spice of life.

YOUNG, DATEABLE AND DISABLED
1 x 52mins
Southern Pictures Pty Ltd 
Executive Producer Laurie Critchley 
Director Liz Allen
Broadcaster SBS 
Synopsis Straight-talking relationship counsellor Liz Dore is on a mission to help six young people with intellectual disabilities find love.   

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DOCO180

A HAIRY PROBLEM
Producer
Rebecca Thomson
Director Rebecca Thomson
Synopsis Women’s body hair is still a topic of much public discussion, judgment and shaming. But why is it anyone else’s business whether a woman chooses to mow or to grow?!

ASKING FOR IT
Producer
Mariel Thomas
Director Blue Lucine
Synopsis Fear, shame and intimidation prevent most sexual assault victims from ever taking legal action. When you are a stripper, and the alleged assault happened during a show, will anyone take you seriously, or will they believe you were ASKING FOR IT?

INNER DEMONS
Producer
Taylor Litton-Strain
Director Hawanatu Bangura
Synopsis We all have our inner demons, but is being a curvy woman a blessing or curse? We see Rosaline’s tug-of-war story and how she banished her demons to become a celebrated mixed race plus size model.

MOTHER/LOVER
Producer
Erin McBean
Director Holly Zwalf
Synopsis Can you be a solo mum and still have it all? And what exactly does it mean, these days, to truly ‘have it all’?

TOGETHER SHE SUCCEEDS
Producers
Sam Weingott, Sascha Shipley
Director Laura Clelland
Synopsis As a female business owner and filmmaker, Laura Clelland believes the fight for gender parity has seen the rise of a 'girls' club' where women support other women - but she's putting her beliefs to the test to discover if there is a darker reality to acknowledge.

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ART BITES

THE UNMISSABLES
6 x 5 mins
Film Camp Pty Ltd

Producer Samantha Dinning
Executive Producer Philippa Campey
Director / Writer Madeleine Martiniello
Synopsis Three artists confront the challenge of creating a work of public portraiture to reignite the search for those who have disappeared.

STUDIO A
6 X 5 mins
Plum Soda Pty Ltd
Producer 
Jessica Giacco
Executive Producers Lyn Norfor, Yaara Bou Melhem
Director / Writer Georgia Quinn
Synopsis For six individuals who struggle with mainstream communication, art has become a tool to connect with the world around them while challenging expectations of what people with an intellectual disability can do.

AGAINST THE GRAIN
6 x 5 mins
Arenamedia Pty Ltd
Producers 
Chloe Brugale, Kate Laurie
Executive Producer Robert Connolly
Director / Writer Santilla Chingaipe
Synopsis Six emerging Australian artists from culturally diverse backgrounds explore belonging.

BIOGENESIS
6 x 5 mins
Blue Forest Media Pty Ltd
Producer 
Dominique Pratt 
Executive Producer 
Brendan Hutchens
Director / Writer Steven Hughes
Synopsis Meet a group of ground-breaking biological artists who boldly challenge what we know about nature, our own bodies and life itself, forcing us to reconsider what it means to be alive.

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