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2021-2022 Documentary PRODUCTION

Commissioned Program | Producer Progam


PRODUCER Program

DANI: THE STORY OF DANIELLE LAIDLEY 
Coach Productions SPV 
1 x 90 mins 
Directors
 Sam Matthews, Julie Kalceff 
Producers Gil Marsden, Luke Tunnecliffe 
Synopsis A former AFL footballer – one of the most high-profile trans women in Australia – defends her public image, all while learning from her new tribe how to do right by them under intense public scrutiny.

THE CAPE
1 x 90 mins
Wooden Horse Pty Ltd
Director 
Michael Ware
Writers Justine Rosenthal, Michael Ware
Producers Richard Finlayson, Jude Troy
Executive Producers Jude Troy, Richard Finlayson,  Michael Ware, Justine Rosenthal
Synopsis In Australia’s deep north – the law bends to the beautiful, brutal violence of nature. For those who seek to tame her, the unforgiving landscape demands that love end in murder. The Cape is an intimate portrayal of an isolated community touched, and forever changed, by tragedy.

SAFE TO DRINK
1 x 85 mins
iKandy Films Pty Ltd
Directors
 Janine Hosking, Katrina McGowan
Producers Janine Hosking, Katrina McGowan, Mathew Cornwell
Synopsis Investigating a nation-wide health and environmental catastrophe.

OTTO ON OTTO
1 x 90mins
Wildflower Films, Rush Films, Ralf Films
Director
 Gracie Otto
Producers Nicole O'Donohue, Cody Greenwood,
Synopsis A daughter’s race to uncover her father’s memories before they disappear leads to a moving journey through the most vibrant period of Australian theatre, film and art. This film explores time, place, memory and the Australian cultural identity.

AUSTRALIA’S OPEN
1 x 85 mins
GoodThing Productions Company
Director
 Ili Baré
Producers Charlotte Wheaton, Nick Batzias
Synopsis Australia’s Open charts the highs and lows of our nation alongside our most celebrated individual tournament.

LAS BALSAS: AN OCEAN ODYSSEY (WORKING TITLE)
1 x 90 mins
WildBear Entertainment
Writer/Director
 Alex Barry
Producer Chadden Hunter
Executive Producers Bettina Dalton, Anna Godas, Oli Harbottle
Synopsis A dozen unlikely raftsmen, sailing under Salvador Dali’s banner, challenge human endurance to traverse the world's most imposing ocean.

THE ENDANGERED GENERATION?
1 x 90 mins
Sweet Shop Green Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Celeste Geer
Producers Gal Greenspan, Daniel Joyce
Executive Producer Leila Conners
Synopsis Across the world, a new generation of scientists, artists and First Nations leaders rise to confront the forces pushing us to the brink of collapse, and begin to uncover the connections that bind us all to life itself and to one another.

LEFT WRITE HOOK
1 x 80 mins
Sweet Shop Green Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Shannon Owen
Producers Donna Lyon, Alice Burgin
Executive Producer Gal Greenspan
Synopsis For eight survivors of childhood sexual abuse, a ground-breaking program turns into a journey of recovery, transformation and friendship.

SPEEDWAY
1 x 90 mins
SLA / Ringmaster Films Pty Ltd
Writer/Directors
 Luke Rynderman, Adam Kamien
Producers Bonnie McBride, Anna Vincent, Louise Nathanson, Lisa Scott
Synopsis True-crime docu-drama Speedway is based on the unsolved murders that claimed the lives of four teens working in a burger restaurant in 1978.

STUFF THE BRITISH STOLE
6 x 30 mins
Wooden Horse Pty Ltd, WildBear Entertainment Pty Ltd and Cream Productions Inc., an Australia-Canada co-production
Directors 
Ben Lawrence, Gary Hamaguchi, Trevor Solway,  Alex Lazarowich
Writer Marc Fennell
Producers Kate Pappas, Patrick Cameron
Executive Producers Richard Finlayson, Alan Erson, Michael Tear, Jude Troy, Marc Fennell, Kate Harrison, David Brady
Editors Karen Johnson, Steve, Budd, Swapna Mella
Synopsis Throughout its reign, the British Empire stole a lot of stuff. Today, those objects are housed in genteel institutions across the UK and the world. They usually come with polite plaques. Featuring Marc Fennell, this is a series about the not-so-polite history behind those objects.

THE UNTITLED WIGGLES PROJECT
1 x 90 mins
SAM Content Pty Ltd
Writers/Directors
 Sally Aitken, Fraser Grut
Producers Aline Jacques, Sally Aitken, Cass Avery, Fraser Grut, Daniel Story
Synopsis The Untitled Wiggles Project is the story of childhood told through the eyes of The Wiggles, who for thirty years have been the superstars to generations of our kids.

THE WOLVES ALWAYS COME AT NIGHT
1 x 90 mins
Thaumatrope Pty Ltd
Director 
Gabrielle Brady
Producers Julia Niethammer, Ariunaa Tserenpil, Rita Walsh
Synopsis Follows the interweaving lives of several Mongolian herders as they struggle with the seismic shifts between nomadic and urban life, highlighting the defining global issue of our time: climate change.

FIGHTING FOR HAKEEM
1 x 90 mins
Sweet Shop Green Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Matt Bate
Producers Gal Greenspan, Rebecca Summerton, Alice Burgin
Executive Producer Mandy Chang
Editor Bryan Mason
Synopsis The gripping true story of how a former Australian football captain and a ragtag team of social media warriors, challenged two monarchies, a military junta and the world’s richest and most influential sporting body FIFA, to rescue the life of a fellow player and save the soul of football.

GUDINSKI
1 x 100 mins
Mushroom Studios Pty Ltd
Director
 Paul Goldman
Writers Toby Creswell, Paul Goldman
Producers Bethany Jones, Paul Goldman
Synopsis A tempestuous, rollicking saga, 50 years in the making, about Michael Gudinski - the last great showman - whose passion for music drove him to repeatedly risk everything to build an empire of artists and transform Australian music.

HER NAME IS NANNY NELLIE
1 x 55 mins
Good Morning Beautiful Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Daniel King
Producer Ben Pederick
Executive Producer Charlotte Seymour
Synopsis A trio of nameless statues buried in the archives of the Australian Museum trigger a granddaughter’s journey to rewrite how Aboriginal people are represented in Australia’s public history.

EVERYBODY’S OMA
1 x 90 mins
Oma's Applesauce Pty Ltd
Director 
Jason van Genderen
Producer Roslyn Walker
Editor/Co-Director Gavin Banks
Co-Producer Olivia Olley
Synopsis Jason van Genderen makes home videos about his ageing mother ‘Oma’, and accidentally turns her into an internet sensation.

ISRAEL FOLAU (WORKING TITLE)
1 x 90 mins
In Films Pty Ltd
Director 
Nel Minchin
Assistant Director Vanilla Tupu
Producer Ivan O’Mahoney
Synopsis A homophobe to some, a persecuted freedom warrior to others – what Israel Folau's case says about modern day Australia.   

HARLEY & KATYA
1 x 90 mins
Stranger Than Fiction Films
Writer/Director Selina Miles
Producers Blayke Hoffman, Jo-anne McGowan, Aayliah-Jade Bradbury
Executive Producer Jennifer Peedom
Synopsis The pursuit of Olympic glory takes a young Indigenous figure skater from Mount Druitt to Moscow, on a journey of triumph, tragedy and transformation.

TIGER ON THE ROCKS
1 x 55 mins
Bower Bird Films Pty Ltd
Writer/Director
 Cathryn Vasseleu
Producer Pat Fiske
Synopsis The Tasmanian Tiger once roamed throughout Australia, leaving lasting connections with the land and its First Peoples.

THE LAST DAUGHTER
1 x 90 mins
Gravity Films Pty Ltd
Directors
 Brenda Matthews, Nathaniel Schmidt
Producers Simon Williams, Brendon Skinner
Executive Producers Kyle Slabb, Michael Tear, Taryn Brumfitt
Synopsis When an Aboriginal girl is taken from her white foster family, they lose all connection; until decades later, she embarks on a journey to reconnect with her family and find healing.

WAR & ORDER
1 x 85 mins
GoodThing Productions Company Pty Ltd
Director 
Larissa Behrendt
Producers Charlotte Wheaton, Nick Batzias, Josh Milani
Executive Producers Richard Bell, Virginia Whitwell
Synopsis 50 years of First Nations activism in Australia through the lens of contemporary Australian Aboriginal artist Richard Bell.

Commissioned Program 

THE FIRST INVENTORS
4 x 60 mins
Ronde Pty Ltd with Moogie Down Productions

Director Larissa Behrendt
Creators Margee Brown, Larissa Behrendt

Co-producer Cian McCue
Executive Producers Ben Davies, Ben Commens 
Broadcaster NITV / Network 10 
International Sales Abacus Distribution
Synopsis Rob Collins investigates the innovations, knowledge systems and science of Indigenous Australia.

REEFSHOT
1 x 80 mins
CME and WildBear Entertainment
Director 
Matt Tomaszewski
Producers Chris Chard, Holly Trueman
Executive Producers Michael Tear, Bettina Dalton, Tom Abood
Broadcaster Stan
International Sales WildBear International
Synopsis The end of talking. The age of doing. A stirring testament to 21st century conservationism and people power in action, Reefshot is more than just a call to arms to save the Great Barrier Reef. It is the story of some of the Reef’s most loyal citizens racing against time to turn the tide on the danger facing the world’s largest living organism. Led by Andy Ridley the creator of Earth Hour, a small group of scientists, volunteers and Indigenous rangers set out to help protect and conserve the Reef by uploading data to one of the largest natural census undertaken in human history. Cutting edge technology meets 60,000 years of first-peoples know-how as the flotilla trade skills and intelligence in this herculean effort for conservation. The clock is ticking. The world is watching. But rather than getting that sinking feeling about the Reef and its fate, seeing this armada in action will inspire and empower all of us to take part in their plight.

AUSTRALIA’S SLEEP REVOLUTION WITH DR MICHAEL MOSLEY 
3 x 53 mins
Artemis Media Pty Ltd
Series Producer
 Katherine Barrett
Series Director Russell Vines
Development Producer Nia Pericles
Executive Producer Celia Tait
Broadcaster SBS
International Sales BBC Studios
Synopsis Serial insomniac Dr Michael Mosley puts his body on the line to trial Australian-led, world first sleep treatments and together with the nation’s top scientists, will wake up Australia to the dangers of bad slumber, inspiring a sleep revolution.    

OUT OF THE CITY (WORKING TITLE)
3 x 51 mins
Blackfella Films Pty Ltd
Writer 
Jacob Hickey
Producers Darren Dale, Jacob Hickey
Broadcaster SBS
International Sales Blackfella Films
Synopsis An exploration of multiculturalism and life in regional areas.

QUEERSTRALIA
3 x 60 mins
Guesswork Television Pty Ltd
Director
 Stamatia Maroupas
Writers Zoë Coombs Marr, Nayuka Gorrie
Executive Producer Jon Casimir
Broadcaster ABC
International Sales ABC Commercial
Synopsis Zoë Coombs Marr wipes away the straightwashing to look into the untold and frankly fascinating Queer (LGBTQI+) history of Australia, a place of gay Diggers, lesbian convict gangs, trans entrepreneurs and cross-dressing bushrangers.

THE PLATYPUS GUARDIAN
1 x 52 mins
WildBear Entertainment, Tetrapod Films
Director
 Nick Hayward
Producers Nick Hayward, Fraser Johnston
Executive Producers Chadden Hunter, Bettina Dalton
Broadcaster ABC, PBS Nature
International Sales PBS Distribution
Synopsis In a time of hardship Pete turns to the Hobart platypus for solace. Only to discover it is the platypus that need his help.

THE BLACK HAND
3 x 57 mins
WildBear Entertainment Pty Ltd
Director
 Kriv Stenders
Writers Adam Grossetti, Anya Beyersdorf
Producers Kate Pappas, Adam Grossetti
Line Producer Therese Duranti
Executive Producers Michael Tear, Alan Erson, Anthony LaPaglia
Broadcaster ABC
International Sales eOne, WildBear International
Synopsis Exploring an Australian Italian community’s struggle against hard times, extreme politics and the mafia in their midst

GREAT SOUTHERN LANDSCAPES
6 x 30 mins
GSL Pictures Pty Ltd
Production Company 
Mint Pictures
Directors Ariel White, Daniel King
Series Producer & Writer Dan Goldberg
Executive Producers Rachel Griffiths, Adam Kay & Ariel White
Broadcaster ABC
International Sales ABC Commercial
Synopsis Great Southern Landscapes follows art lover Rachel Griffiths as she explores Australia’s most iconic landscapes, revealing the untold personal, social and cultural stories behind them.

ME AND MY TOURETTE’S
1 x 52 mins
Joined Up Films Pty Ltd
Director/Producer 
Lisa Dupenois
Executive Producers Jacqueline Willinge, Daniel Brown, Anthony Willinge 
Broadcaster SBS
International Sales Flame
Synopsis This confronting observational documentary follows three people with Tourette’s Syndrome as they challenge society’s prejudices and strive towards acceptance.

THE SCHOOL (working title)
3 x 52 mins
South Side Pictures Pty Ltd
Writers
 Ross Wilson, Laurie Critchley
Producers Ross Wilson, Dylan Chown
Supervising & Development Producer Georgia Woodward
Executive Producer Laurie Critchely, Ross Wilson
Broadcaster SBS
International Sales Southern Pictures
Synopsis For the first time, we join the leader of one of Australia’s fastest growing Islamic schools as he embarks on a bold new social experiment to break down the barriers and breach the fault lines of modern multicultural Australia.

YES, NO, MAYBE
3 x 57 mins
Northern Pictures Productions Pty Ltd
Director
 Tosca Looby
Producer Tosca Looby
Executive Producer Karina Holden
Broadcaster SBS
International Sales NHMF
Synopsis In this series we are taking the forensic blow torch applied to domestic abuse in See What You Made Me Do, and this time setting alight the question of consent – clarifying its meaning, significance and efficacy for all Australians.

MIRIAM MARGOLYES AUSTRALIA UNMASKED
3 x 57 mins
Southern Pictures Pty Ltd
Series Producer Bethan Arwyn
Series Writer Ross Wilson
Executive Producer Laurie Critchley
Broadcaster ABC, BBC
International Sales ABC Commercial
Synopsis Miriam Margolyes takes to the road to explore what the Fair Go means in Australia today.

SOUTHERN OCEAN LIVE
Northern Pictures Pty Ltd
2 x 60 mins
Series Director
 Karina Holden
Live Producer Kirsty Bradmore
Executive Producer Karina Holden
Synopsis A blockbuster night of natural history, broadcast live, from the icy depths of our winter seas; followed by a special on the world's littlest penguin.

INCONCEIVABLE
1 x 60 mins
SAM Content Pty Ltd
Director
 Sally Aitken
Producers Aline Jacques, Sally Aitken, Marianne Leitch
Broadcaster SBS
International Sales Flame
Synopsis A child of the fertility industry grows up, and unravels its secrets.

INSIDE THE OPERA HOUSE
3 x 57 mins

Barking Mad Productions Pty Ltd and Fremantle Australia Pty Ltd
Executive Producers Steve Bibb, Chris Oliver-Taylor
Broadcaster ABC
International Sales ABC Commercial
Synopsis For the first time, cameras will go behind the scenes to reveal what it takes to run one of the world’s greatest performing arts centres, the Sydney Opera House.

KEEPING HOPE
1 x 52 mins
Joined Up Films Pty Ltd

Writer/Presenter Mark Coles Smith
Director Tyson Mowarin
Producer Marlikka Perdrisat
Executive Producers Jacqueline Willinge, Dan Brown
Broadcaster NITV
International Sales TBA
Synopsis Under the surface and out of sight, there are complexities to living in the magical Kimberley. Over the past few decades it has become a place where our young Indigenous people are struggling to keep hope...Why?

THE EAGLE & THE ANT (AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN)
3 x 58 mins
WILD PACIFIC MEDIA
Director
 Nick Robinson
Writers Nick Robinson, Peta Ayers
Producers Nick Robinson, Peta Ayers
Executive Producer Electra Manikakis
Broadcaster ABC
International Sales Off The Fence
Synopsis The story of connectivity that links organisms and ecosystems - from the tiniest ant to the tallest tree - creating a planet just right for us.  

MISSING PERSONS INVESTIGATION
8 x 1-hour
Southern Pictures in association with Orange Entertainment Co
Executive Producers
 Laurie Critchley, Dan Lake, Kurt Royan
Broadcaster Nine Network
International Sales Fremantle
Synopsis One Australian goes missing every fifteen minutes. Missing Persons Investigation is a blue-chip ob-doc series that takes audiences behind-the-scenes to join police investigators and forensic specialists working all over the country to find our missing loved ones and bring them home.

Curious Australia initiative with SBS

BLACK EMPIRE
Dinosaur Disco Films
Directors
 Johanis Lyons-Reid, Pearl Berry 
Writers Pearl Berry, Piri Eddy
Producers Piri Eddy, Lilla Berry
Synopsis After a successful but exhausting career fighting prejudice, racism, and exploitation in the Australian Music Industry, rapper Jimblah embarks on his latest project, BLKMPIRE, aiming to reimagine how the music industry can work. But can he transform the country through black song, or will the staid traditions of an exploitative industry rear their heads?

RUN GIRL
Open Door Films
Director
 Renny Wijeyamohan
Writers Renny Wijeyamohan, Zufan Emerson
Producer Renny Wijeyamohan
Synopsis Australian Olympic sprinter, Bendere Oboya, embraces her identity to confront her destiny as she switches disciplines from the 400m to 800m in pursuit of becoming the world's best. After joining her local athletics club to make friends the Ethiopian-born 21 year old is determined to show that no matter your beginnings, anything is possible. 

SISTAS IN MINING
Shontell Leah Ketchell
Directors
 Ewan Cutler, Jill Robinson
Writer Shontell Leah Ketchell
Producer Jill Robinson
Synopsis The inspiring story of Shontell Leah Ketchell, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman, who is an aspiring screenwriter who works as a production operator on a coal mine in Central Queensland.

THE ALEXANDER BALL
Jessica Emily Magro
Writer/Director
 Jessica Magro
Producer Jessica Magro
Synopsis An observational documentary extravaganza celebrating Samoan-Australian trans woman of colour, Ella Ganza, and the Meanjin (Brisbane) ballroom scene, as the community prepares for one of biggest pride events of the year: The Alexander Ball.

UNLOCKED
Studio Gilay
Directors
 Jake Duczynski, James Hackett
Writers Jake Duczynski, James Hackett
Producers Andrew Arbuthnot
Executive Producer Beck Cole
Synopsis Exploring how a journey of two similar teenagers facing juvenile incarceration can be drastically altered if they identify as being Indigenous Australian. A story about mental illness told through the lens of animation, having animated characters interact with live action worlds is innovative and refreshing. 

WE ARE SEXUAL BEINGS
Swag Film
Creators
 Lucy Knox, Isaac Elliott
Producers Lucy Knox, Isaac Elliott
Synopsis What does it mean to be young, disabled and sexual in modern Australia? We Are Sexual Beings exposes the fun and sometimes painful details as we follow three remarkably different human beings who all happen to share two things in common: life altering spinal injuries and healthy sexual appetites. 

WHATEVER SCARES YOU
Back to Back Pictures
Director
 Tamara Searle
Writers Tamara Searle, Breanna Deleo
Producer Alice Fleming
Synopsis A rite of passage film that documents Breanna Deleo in her first year of work. Breanna is attempting to work as a professional artist - a challenging profession for anyone. And Breanna identifies as disabled. Breanna’s parents are her greatest allies and advocates. They want to protect Breanna but sometimes to find our way in the world, we need to go it alone.