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Funding approvals
2019–2020 documentary production

Commissioned Program | Producer Progam


Commissioned Program

SHAUN MICALLEF’S ON THE SAUCE 
3 x 60 mins
Cordell Jigsaw Productions Pty Ltd
Producer
 Paula Bycroft
Executive Producers Paula Bycroft, Andrew Farrell, Shaun Micallef
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Shaun Micallef goes on a shocking, surprising and entertaining quest to understand Australia’s cultural love affair with alcohol.

FIGHT FOR PLANET A
3 x 60 mins
Lune Media Pty Ltd
Executive Producers
 Jodi Boylan, David Galloway, Leonie Lowe
Producers Jodi Boylan, Kam Vurlow
Directors Jodi Boylan, Kam Vurlow
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Most Australians now accept that climate change is real and in this new 3-part series, presenter Craig Reucassel will look at the practical day-to-day changes that each and every one of us can make to reduce our carbon footprint, and help minimise the impacts of climate change. This series will show Australians what they need to be asking for from their politicians.  Some things can’t be done in your own backyard, but can be done with the help of politicians showing leadership.  It’s about empowering Australians with everyday solutions to the biggest problem of the 21st century and will place pressure on the people who are standing in the way of change.

BIG WEATHER (AND HOW TO SURVIVE IT)
3 x 57 mins
DMA Creative
Executive Producers
 Michael Angus, Karina Holden, Chris Thorburn
Director Daniel Marsden
Writer Polly Kate Marsden
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis How do Australian communities keep safe, survive and thrive in a land of extremes?

BIRDSVILLE
1 x 51 mins
Mint Pictures Pty Ltd
Producer
 Dan Goldberg
Executive Producer Adam Kay
Writer/Director Dan Goldberg
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis The untold story of an Outback outpost of 100 people that mushrooms to 10,000 twice a year, told through an eclectic cast of locals as they endure a year of tumultuous change.

BOWLED OVER
1 x 51 mins
Flickchicks Pty Ltd

Producer Meredith Garlick
Executive Producer Mandy Lake
Writer/Director Mandy Lake
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis When an eclectic troupe of drag queens rescue the North Ipswich Lawn Bowls Club from financial ruin, just who is saving whom?

EVERY FAMILY HAS A SECRET SERIES 2
3 x 52 mins
Artemis Media Pty Ltd
Producer
 Claire Forster
Executive Producer Celia Tait
Writer/Directors Steve Peddie, Russell Vines
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis Presented by Noni Hazlehurst, this masterfully crafted observational documentary series follows everyday Australians on a life changing journey, seeking out the hidden secrets within their families.

STUTTER SCHOOL 
1 x 51 mins
Kalmedia Pty Ltd and Southern Pictures Pty Ltd
Producer
 Heather Nash
Executive Producer Laurie Critchley
Director Liz Allen
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis With unprecedented access to a groundbreaking speech program, this documentary joins four brave Australian stutterers, and their families, on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to confront their fears, find their voice and transform their lives. 

LIFE IN COLOUR PRESENTED BY DAVID ATTENBOROUGH 
3 x 50 mins
SeaLight Films, Humble Bee Pictures
Producers Colette Beaudry, Sharmila Choudhury, Adam Geiger,  Nick Green,  Sally Thomson, 
Executive Producers Colette Beaudry, Stephen Dunleavy
Director Adam Geiger 
Broadcaster Nine Network
Synopsis Colour makes our world a beautiful place to live in. But there is so much more to it than beauty. In fact, colour is intimately connected to almost every story nature has to tell. It is the means by which animals communicate and collaborate and even the language of life and death in the natural world. Attenborough’s Life in Colour will be a thrilling visual feast, full of revelation, fascination and compelling storytelling. Packed with innovation and new camera technology developed just for this series, it will open our eyes to a new realm of life on Earth.

GUN RINGER
10 x 30 mins
Ronde 
Executive Producer
 Ben Davies
Series Producer Liam Taylor 
Producer Tom Lawrence
Director Maria Handas
Creators Ben Davies, Tom Lawrence
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis A season in the Outback with Australia’s feral-bull catching teams  

MIRIAM MARGOLYES ALMOST AUSTRALIAN
3 x 57 mins
SOUTHERN PICTURES Pty Ltd (and Kalmedia Pty Ltd)

Producers Ross Wilson, Allan Clarke
Executive Producers Laurie Critchley, Aline Jacques
Director Liz Allen
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis A 3-part observational documentary investigating a key cultural issue of our time – Australia’s changing sense of nationhood during a period of increasing globalisation and fractious identity politics – through the deeply personal lens of Miriam Margolyes's own sense of becoming a new Australian.

DARK EMU
2 x 57 mins
Blackfella Films Pty Ltd

Producers Darren Dale, Belinda Mravicic
Director Erica Glynn
Writers Bruce Pascoe, Jacob Hickey
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Multi award-winning book Dark Emu comes to the screen, with celebrated author Bruce Pascoe presenting his fresh perspective on Indigenous history.


PRODUCER Program

ABLAZE
1 x 90 mins
JOTZ Productions
Producer
 Tom Zubrycki
Executive Producer Sue Maslin
Directors Alec Morgan, Tiriki Onus
Synopsis Opera singer Tiriki Onus journeys across Australia to solve the mystery surrounding a recently discovered old movie believed to be made by his Aboriginal Grandfather.

DEMOCRACY PROJECT
1 x 90 mins and 2 x 60 mins
Jungle Entertainment Pty Ltd
Producer
 Aline Jacques
Executive Producers Jen Peedom, Jason Burrows, Bridget Callow-Wright
Writer/Director Craig Reucassel
Synopsis Presenter Christiaan Van Vuuren sets out to fix a mistake in his viral anti-gun Youtube video by changing Australian gun laws. But instead, he finds himself at war with a corroding democratic system where money buys influence and results.

HATING PETER TATCHELL
1 x 80 mins
WildBear Entertainment Pty Ltd
Producers
 Veronica Fury, Dena Curtis, Lee Matthews
Writer/Director Christopher Amos
Synopsis Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has affected change by publicly breaking the rules for more than 50 years, now he sets out on one of his most challenging campaigns yet, to confront the homophobic rules of Russia.

MORE LEARNING, LESS ACTIVISM
1 x 30 mins
Mashup Pictures

Producer Rob Innes
Executive Producer Mish Armstrong
Writer/Director Rob Innes
Synopsis A group of school students defied calls to stay in school and organized one of the largest youth-led movements Australia has ever seen. This is their story, told by them.

QUOLL FARM
1 x 52 mins
Wild Creature Films, Smith&Nasht
Producers
 Nick Hayward, Simon Nasht
Writer/Director Simon Plowright
Synopsis In a hidden corner of a distant land there is a magical place where wondrous animals come out to play.

THE CHILDREN IN THE PICTURES
1 x 90 mins
DNX Media

Producers Simon Nasht, Akhim Dev
Executive Producer Tony Wright
Writers Akhim Dev, Geoffrey Smith
Director Geoffrey Smith
Synopsis This is a crime that thrives in silence. Once you know, you can never unknow.

THE DREAMLIFE OF GEORGIE STONE
1 x 20 mins
Closer Productions
Producers
 Matthew Bate, Maya Newell, Lisa Sherrard
Executive Producer Sophie Hyde
Writer Georgie Stone
Director Maya Newell
Synopsis Filmed over 10 years, DREAMLIFE is a 20 minute short that leads us into the elliptical memories of Georgie Stone, one of the world’s most dynamic trans-kid activists, as she changes laws, affirms her gender and for the first time, gains control of her own story.

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