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2020-2021 Documentary PRODUCTION

Commissioned Program | Producer Progam


Commissioned Program 

AUSTRALIA VS ANXIETY
1 x 55 mins
Joined Up Films Pty Ltd
Director
 Sally Aitken
Executive Producers Dan Brown, Jacqueline Willinge
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis Celia Pacquola is on a mission to find out how Anxiety is affecting Australia.

CAN SCIENCE PREVENT SUICIDE?
1 x 60 mins
Lune Media
Director
 Jodi Boylan
Writers Paul Scott, Jodi Boylan
Executive Producers Jodi Boylan, Paul Scott, David Galloway, Leonie Lowe
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis A very personal journey to investigate how new science, innovative thinking and technology is helping prevent suicide.

NINGALOO
3 x 57 mins
Artemis Media Pty Ltd
Director
 Peter Rees
Writer Tim Winton
Co-Writer Peter Rees
Line Producer Karen Williams 
Executive Producer Celia Tait
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Celebrated Australian author Tim Winton takes us on a lyrical and passionate exploration of Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range and Exmouth Gulf in Western Australia to reveal how this pristine natural environment can enrich all of humanity.

OUR AFRICAN ROOTS
1 x 51 mins
Chemical Media Pty Ltd
Director
 Tony Jackson
Writers Santilla Chingaipe, David Collins
Producers Santilla Chingaipe, Tony Jackson
Executive Producer David Collins
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis Uncovering Australia’s forgotten African history, from the First Fleet to the Eureka Rebellion and beyond.

REBUILDING MALLACOOTA
3 x 60 mins
Renegade Films (Australia) Pty Ltd
Director
 Tony Jackson
Writer David Collins
Producers Joe Connor, Lucy Maclaren, Ken Connor
Broadcaster ABC
International Sales ABC Commercial
Synopsis After a bushfire almost wiped them off the face of the earth, can a ragtag band of citizens from a deeply divided community overcome their differences and seize control of their own destiny to save their town from dying?

MICROWORLDS REEF
1 x 60 mins
Wildpacific Media Pty Ltd
Director
 Nicholas Robinson
Writer Nicholas Robinson
DOPs/Technical Directors: Pete West, Daniel Stoupin
Producers Nicholas Robinson, Peta Ayers, Pete West, Daniel Stoupin, Louise Polain
Executive Producer Electra Manikakis
Broadcaster Netflix
Synopsis Join us as we tell the real story of a coral reef, from the inside out. For the first time we reveal the slow, the fast, and the almost-alien world of the microscopic creatures that underpin the reef ecosystems.

LOVE ON THE SPECTRUM SEASON 2
4 x 57 mins
Northern Pictures
Director
 Cian O'Clery
Producers Cian O'Clery, Jenni Wilks
Executive Producer Karina Holden
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Relationships and the dating game is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming time for everyone … particularly for those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

FINDING THE ARCHIBALD
3 x 57 mins
Mint Pictures Pty Ltd
Director
 Ariel White
Writer Dan Goldberg
Producer Dan Goldberg
Executive Producers Adam Kay, Rachel Griffiths
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis As the Archibald celebrates its centenary with the Art Gallery of NSW's most ambitious exhibition yet, art lover and acclaimed actor Rachel Griffiths embarks on a cultural romp through our most coveted and controversial arts prize to find the one portrait that encapsulates the changing face of Australia.

GOING COUNTRY
2 x 60 mins
EQ Media Group
Director
 Kriv Stenders
Writer Paul Clarke
Series Producer Bernice Toni
Executive Producers Sam Griffin, Brendan Dahill
Broadcaster ABC
International Sales ABC Commercial
Synopsis Hosted by Justine Clarke, Going Country is a broad-appeal and innovative presenter-led road trip through a curated song list of iconic Australian country music to reveal the surprising ways this music and its lyrics has underscored, defined and expressed what it is to be Australian.

PRODUCER PROGRAM

ANONYMOUS CLUB
1 x 90 mins
Film Camp Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Danny Cohen
Producers Philippa Campey, Samantha Dinning
Distributor Film Art Media
Synopsis With unprecedented access to the personal and private life of notoriously shy, but widely acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, Anonymous Club delicately and intimately explores the inner life of an artist in conflict with herself.

BEYOND THE STARS
1 x 22 mins
White Spark Pictures Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Briege Whitehead
Producer Jess Black
Executive Producer Briege Whitehead
Synopsis Experience the greatest scientific endeavour in history as you step onto the Australian site of the incredible Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope and be transported to the edge of the Universe in spectacular 360° virtual reality.

BLACK SUMMER
1 x 15 mins
Tiny Beast Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Chris Phillips
Producer Katy Roberts, Chris Phillips
Synopsis In the midst of a nation on fire, Australian photographer Matthew Abbott immerses himself in an unprecedented environmental catastrophe to deliver imagery which will reverberate around the world.

CLEANING TRAUMA
1 x 85 mins
Walking Fish Productions Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Lachlan McLeod
Producer Charlotte Wheaton, David Elliot-Jones
Executive Producers Virginia Whitwell, Nick Batzias
Synopsis Cleaning Trauma charts the journey of larger-than-life trauma cleaning business owner Sandra Pankhurst, as she begins a search for her birth mother and reinvents herself as an icon for resilience.

THE FRONT
1 x 90 mins
Carver Films Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Eddie Martin
Producers Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw, Katy Roberts, Katia Nizic
Synopsis Through first-hand footage from those on the ground, the audience is put directly on the frontlines of Australia’s most devastating bushfire season, delivering a uniquely powerful insight into a disaster that captivated the world.

THE VILLAGE
1 x 52 mins
Roar Film Pty Ltd
Director
 Eliya Cohen
Writers Steve Thomas, Martine Delaney
Producers Kath Symmons, Steve Thomas, Martine Delaney
Impact Producer Felicity Blake
Executive Producer Craig Dow Sainter
Synopsis At a time when aged care is under intense scrutiny, a radical new development in Hobart aims to turn dementia care on its head by focussing on the individual and their life experiences as the basis for future care.

LOGAN DOCUMENTARY (WORKING TITLE)
1 x 90 mins
Arenamedia Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Sari Braithwaite
Producer Chloe Brugale
Executive Producer Robert Connolly, Robert Patterson
Synopsis Janet has two adult children by blood, three by marriage, a husband, too many pets, and too many bills to pay. This is the story of a neuro-diverse family living in a working-class suburban fringe, dreaming and scheming of big new futures in a world that is closing in on them. Janet is loosening the ties which have bound her family together in order to survive. Everyone must navigate rites of passage. Tender and wondrous, this film affords a voice to its subjects as they let go, untangling the universal need to seek meaning beyond the reach of the everyday.

MEET THE WALLERS
1 x 90 mins
Petrie Street Pictures Pty Ltd
Director
 Jim Stevens
Writer Gil Scrine
Producers Jim Stevens, Gil Scrine
Executive Producer Trish Lake
Synopsis Step inside the family home and meet the Wallers, a happily married couple with two beautiful daughters living the middle-class life in sunny Australia - what could possibly go wrong?

MUM - MISUNDERSTANDINGS OF MISCARRIAGE 
Neon Jane Pty Ltd
1 x 83 mins
Writer/Director
 Tahyna MacManus
Producer Kelly Tomasich
Executive Producers Jennifer Cummins, Michael Lawrence
Synopsis Tahyna MacManus embarks on a personal journey to understand the physical, emotional and psychological impacts of miscarriage as she tries to fall pregnant again.

PHIL LIGGETT: THE VOICE OF CYCLING
1 x 113 mins
Goldynaut Pictures Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Eleanor Sharpe
Producer Nickolas Bird
Executive Producers John Croft, Mark Bird, Shaun Miller, David Doepel, Michael Agar, Mat Kesting
Synopsis The man behind the voice.

REVENGE: MY DAD THE NAZI KILLER
1 x 90 mins
Identity Films and Productions Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Danny Ben-Moshe
Producers Danny Ben-Moshe, Lizzette Atkins
Synopsis 70 years after a body is found floating in a Sydney river, middle aged Jewish doctor Jack learns his father, a Holocaust survivor, is responsible for the unsolved murder of an alleged Nazi and sets out on a quest to find the truth.

REWILD
6 x 10 mins
PHORIA
Directors 
Rayyan Roslan, Trent Clews-de Castella, Joseph Purdam
Writers Angie Davis, Gemma Hannan, Trent Clews-de Castella  
Producers 
Rayyan Roslan, Angie Davis, Blair Burke
Synopsis Nature’s most beautiful and fragile ecosystems are under threat. Rediscover the wild world we call home, thriving inside your living room in AR. Now is the time to connect with nature, rewild balance, and become a voice for our planet.

STAGE CHANGERS
1 x 60 mins
Ella Wright
Director 
Ella Wright
Producers Janelle Landers, Aidan O'Bryan, Ella Wright
Synopsis Given one shot at glory, can four small town independent theatre makers scale up to make their first major international festival work? Or will their dreams come crashing down as the curtains fall?

STRONG WOMEN
3 x 22 mins
Strong Women Documentary Pty Ltd
Writer/Directors
 Corinne Innes, Alexandra Gaulupeau
Producers Corinne Innes, Alexandra Gaulupeau, Ann Megalla
Synopsis Powerful and resilient women support and empower each other while rivalling to becoming Australia's strongest women.

THE DEPARTMENT
1 x 85 mins
Shark Island Institute
Director
 Sascha Ettinger Epstein
Producers Mary Macrae, Ian Darling
Synopsis THE DEPARTMENT will tell a compassionate and intimate story of workers and families entwined within NSW’s child protection system.

THERE IS NO ‘I’ IN ISLAND
5 x 3 mins
Rummin Productions Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Rebecca Thomson
Producers Catherine Pettman, Rebecca Thomson
Synopsis A series of animated films that document the voices and experience of the Tasmanian community living in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic and weave them into a journey through a fantastical landscape.

UNDER COVER
1 x 80 mins
SA Films Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Sue Thomson
Producers Adam Farrington-Williams, Sue Thomson, Alexandra Curtis
Synopsis Under Cover is a timely portrait of hidden homelessness, and the thousands of older women who are its victims.

The Guardian initiative

JUVIE
1 x 27 mins
Marhaba Films Pty Ltd
Director
 Charby Ibrahim
Producers Charby Ibrahim, Britt Arthur
Executive Producer Jennifer Peedom
Platform The Guardian
Synopsis Against the torrent of ‘tough on crime’ rhetoric, young people caught in the sticky web of the juvenile justice system, find their voice.

MOVEMENT AT THE STATION
1 x 30 mins

Arcadia and Grumpy Originals
Director Pete Ward
Writers Pete Ward, Sam Emery
Producers Lisa Shaunessy, Pete Ward, Sam Emery
Executive Producers James Boyce, Alexandra Burke
Platform The Guardian
Synopsis A NSW stockman on a mission to rehome wild Australian brumbies discovers the remarkable effects of the human-animal bond.

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