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2016–2017 development funding approvals

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Story Development

March 2017

ANDORRA
Jump Street Films Pty Ltd

Genre Drama, mystery
Producers Jamie Bialkower, Lizzette Atkins, Fred Schepisi
Executive Producers Natalie Miller, James Ivory Hengameh Panahi
Director Fred Schepisi
Writers Peter Cameron, Jamie Bialkower
Synopsis A decadent romantic thriller set against a dreamscape where nothing is as it appears.

FROM THE CUTTING ROOM OF BARNEY KETTLE
Whoa Flamingo Pty Ltd, Midwinter Films & Field Theory 

Genre Comedy, family 
Producers Bridget Callow-Wright, Philippa Campbell
Director Darren Ashton
Writer Kate De Goldi 
Synopsis When control freak Ren Kettle is commissioned to make a film with her megalomaniac brother Barney Kettle about their colourfully eclectic high street, they are unaware a force of nature will have an irreversible effect on the production, the street and their lives.

FRUIT PICKERS
Canvas Collective Pty Ltd
Genre Drama 
Directors / Writers Sam McKeith, Tom McKeith
Synopsis Two exploited foreign workers on a fruit farm become friends and rely on each other to make it through a bitter harvest.

RELIC
Carver Films Pty Ltd
Genre Psychological horror 
Producers Sarah Shaw, Anna McLeish
Director Natalie Erika James
Writer Natalie Erika James. Christian White  
Synopsis Creeping dread turns to sheer panic as a mother and daughter search an isolated town for their missing grandmother. To survive they must confront their worst fears and face a sinister manifestation of aged dementia.

THE RENOVATORS DREAM
Kojo Productions Pty Ltd
Genre Comedy, mystery  
Producers Kate Croser, Sandy Cameron, Georgina Isles, Tenille Kennedy 
Director / Writer Richard Vilensky 
Synopsis A DIY home renovator named Stan turns DIY detective after he and his house fall victim to an anonymous vandal with a predilection for penis graffiti. Consumed by paranoia, Stan’s life begins to unravel as his investigation leads him into a bizarre suburban conspiracy.

UNTITLED JULIA LEIGH PROJECT
Lindesay Island Pty Ltd
Genre Drama
Director / Writer Julia Leigh  
Synopsis A contemporary tale of loot and plunder.

January 2017

ANGEL OF MINE
SixtyFourSixty Pty Ltd / Garlin Pictures Inc.
Genre Psychological thriller
Producer Su Armstrong, Brian Etting, Josh Etting
Director Kim Farrant
Writer Luke Davies
Synopsis Two women. Two worlds. One truth.

ANIMALS
Closer Productions Pty Ltd

Genre Comedy, Drama
Producers Rebecca Summerton, Sophie Hyde, Sarah Brocklehurst
Director Sophie Hyde
Writer Emma Jane Unsworth
Synopsis Laura and Tyler are best friends and drinking buddies – but their hedonistic existence falls under the creeping horror of adulthood when Laura gets engaged to Jim, an ambitious pianist who decides, unfathomably, to become a teetotaler.

BLACKWOOD
Goliath Productions Australia Pty Ltd

Genre Drama, Thriller
Producers Raquelle David, Tait Brady
Writer Charlie Clausen, Gemma Lee
Director Gemma  Lee
Synopsis In the aftermath of a disastrous storm, a headstrong but naïve teenager sets out to fulfil her mother’s dying wish to locate a father she has never met, but becomes stranded on a mountain with two men, both hell-bent on survival.

BUEN CAMINO
B:J Films Pty Ltd

Genre Romantic comedy
Producer Bill Bennett
Director Bill Bennett
Writer Bill Bennett
Synopsis An ensemble comedy following a group of people of all ages, and from all around the world, as they attempt to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

BUOYANCY
Causeway Films HQ Pty Ltd

Genre Drama
Producer Samantha Jennings, Kristina Ceyton
Director Rodd Rathjen
Writer Rodd Rathjen
Synopsis An innocent Cambodian boy is enslaved on a Thai fishing trawler and soon realises that his only hope of freedom is to become as violent as his captors.

THE BURIAL
Renegade Films (Australia) Pty Ltd

Genre Action adventure, Western
Producer Lucy Maclaren
Director Jasmin Tarasin
Writer Polly Watkins
Synopsis The Hunter Valley 1921. On a quest for freedom and a home, outlaw Jessie Payne must elude both the law and the mob who seek revenge… and unexpectedly find love and a family.

CRAZY FUN PARK
Nicholas Verso T/A Asphodol Pty Ltd

Genre Horror, Coming-of-age
Director Nicholas Verso
Writer Nicholas Verso
Synopsis Crazy Fun Park. Where the fun never stops… ever.

THE DROVER’S WIFE
Oombarra Productions Pty Ltd

Genre Mystery, Crime, Western
Producer David Jowsey, Bain Stewart, Greer Simpkin
Director Leah Purcell
Writer Leah Purcell
Synopsis A reimagining of Henry Lawson's classic short story "The Drover's Wife" by Leah Purcell.

ESCAPE FROM YEAR ZERO
Armand De Saint-Salvy

Genre Drama, True story
Writer Armand De Saint-Salvy
Synopsis Cambodia, 1975 - the remarkable true story of a young couple, married by arrangement, who must flee the Khmer Rouge genocide to save their young family.

FOR HER BLUES
Cyan Films Pty. Ltd.

Genre Drama, Musical
Producer Julie Ryan, Michael Wrenn
Writer David Field
Synopsis In the Australian desert two people from two vastly different worlds accidentally save each other and fall in love,  and then just as accidentally almost destroy each other.

LITTLE MONSTERS
Eddie Wong Films Pty Ltd

Genre Comedy, Horror
Producer Jodi Matterson
Writer Abe Forsythe
Synopsis This movie is dedicated to all the Kindergarten teachers out there who motivate our children to learn, instill them with confidence and stop them from being devoured by Zombies.

THE MEDIATION
Nicholas Lathouris (sole trader)
Genre Drama
Writer Nicholas Lathouris
Synopsis A disgraced lawyer must negotiate a century-old vendetta to save her father’s life, redeem her integrity, and restore family honour.

THE PROSPECTOR
Blackfella Films Pty Ltd

Genre Western, Crime, Mystery
Producers Darren Dale, Miranda Dear
Writer Craig Silvey
Director Rachel Perkins
Synopsis In the heart of the Western Australian gold rush a woman risks everything to find her missing husband.

THE SENTENCE
George El Basha (sole trader)

Genre Drama
Producer George Basha, David Field
Director George Basha, David Field
Writer George Basha
Synopsis Tommy avoiding life through drugs and alcohol is sentenced to 1000 hours of community service in a disability home. The characters he meets force him to confront the very thing he has run from.

SLAM
Invisible Republic Pty Ltd
Genre Drama
Producer Michael Wrenn
Director Partho Sen Gupta
Writer Partho Sen Gupta
Synopsis Ricky Mansour is a young Australian whose peaceful suburban life is turned on its head when his hijab-wearing sister Ameena disappears without a trace.

STINGRAY
Anthony Hayes (sole trader)

Genre Action adventure, Drama, Thriller, Crime
Producers Anthony Hayes, John Schwarz, Keith Kjarval
Executive Producer Michael Schwarz
Director Anthony Hayes
Writer Anthony Hayes
Synopsis When a young man caught up in organized crime accidentally kills the brother of a powerful crime figure in his small town, he must kill one of his own family in the next two days to pay off his debt.

SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS
Arenamedia Pty Limited

Genre Drama
Producer Robert Connolly, Liz Kearney
Director Brendan Fletcher
Writer Brendan Fletcher
Synopsis The groundbreaking true story of a young South Sudanese refugee who used basketball to bring peace and purpose to his restless community in Western Sydney.

THUNDER
Kmunications Pty Ltd

Genre Comedy, Musical, Family
Producer Steve Kearney
Writer Franz Docherty, Belinda Bradley
Synopsis A washed up tragic 90's rock legend connects with a teenaged boy suffering from a severe traumatic brain injury, and together they fight to get to the “Air Guitar World Finals” in Finland.

THE VARIATIONS
Film Art Media Pty Ltd

Genre Drama
Producer Sue Maslin
Director Jocelyn Moorhouse
Writer Jocelyn Moorhouse
Synopsis The emotional, artistic and sensual bonds that existed between legendary 19th century musicians, Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms created one of the most potent love triangles in music history.

WHITE RABBIT
Revlover Films Pty Ltd

Genre Drama
Producer Martha Coleman
Executive Producers Claudia Karvan, Michael Ritchie, Steve Rogers
Director Rowan Woods
Writer Sarah Walker
Synopsis A woman searches for the baby she abandoned 45 years ago and is confronted by what she discovers.

YARRABAH
Yarrabah Films Pty Ltd & Field Theory Ltd

Genre Musical, Drama
Producer Tim Sanders, Ian Ludwick
Writer Nicholas Parsons, Kodie Bedford|
Synopsis
The revival of Australia's first ever Aboriginal Brass Band brings healing and hope to a divided community.

September 2016

THE BLUE TIN
Country Road Films Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama, Crime
Producer David Jowsey
Director Adrian Wills
Writer Stephen Sewell
Synopsis Deaths in Custody – a love story.

CELESTIAL BLUE
8th in Line Productions / Arenamedia Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction
Producer Liz Kearney
Director / Writer Zak Hilditch
Synopsis A Flight Attendant is forced to reconcile with the recent death of her Mother in order to survive a deadly pandemic that suddenly breaks out on-board a plane.

DINGO
Cornerstone Pictures Pty Ltd, Maximo Entertainment
Genre
Indigenous Supernatural Thriller
Producers Liliana Munoz, Neal Kingston
Director Catriona McKenzie
Writer Mike Jones
Synopsis Matilda Cooper is a professional shooter disconnected from her Indigenous heritage. When she's recruited to lead the search for a pack of dingoes mistakenly blamed for a string of human disappearances on Fraser Island (K'Gari), a haunting Dark Spirit is awakened and Matilda’s ultimate protector may just be the beast she was hired to kill.

FEARLESS HEART
Fearless Heart Rights Co

Genre Drama, Crime
Producers Matteo Grasso, Rob Gibson
Writers Matteo Grasso, Matthew Hall
Synopsis After finding his life's calling in the boxing ring, a young man's childhood demons derail his career and lead him into violent crime and drug abuse, until tragedy sets him on a course back to the top of the world boxing rankings.

GOLD
Anthony Hayes Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama, Thriller, Western
Producers Anthony Hayes, John Schwarz, Michael Schwarz
Director/ Writer Anthony Hayes
Synopsis Two men find an enormous gold nugget buried in the heart of the desert. One leaves to procure evacuation equipment, the other stays behind to defend the discovery.

IN VITRO
Fictious
Genre
Science Fiction, Thriller, Drama
Producers Will Jaymes, Talia Zucker, Tom McKeith
Directors Tom McKeith, Will Jaymes
Writers Talia Zucker, Tom McKeith, Will Jaymes
Synopsis A woman kept in isolation on a remote cattle ranch discovers the disturbing truth about her existence.

JIRGA
Felix Media Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama
Producer John Maynard
Writer Benjamin Gilmour
Synopsis A former Australian soldier returns to Afghanistan looking for the family of a man he killed during the war in order to confess his crime and suffer the consequences.

THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
See-Saw Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama
Producers Rachel Gardner, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning
Writer Jan Sardi
Synopsis The true story of Padre David Railton’s quest to create the first Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and how it helped heal a nation drowning in grief in the aftermath of the Great War. Based on a script by Robert De Segundo.

ZERO NIGHT
Essential Media and Entertainment
Genre
Action adventure, Drama
Producers Ian Collie, Simonne Overend
Writer Yolanda Ramke
Synopsis The untold true story of a crack team of British and Australian soldiers who stage an ingenious escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp, and the efforts of The Comet Line, a female-led Belgian Resistance group who boldly come to their rescue.

Features matched marketplace

March 2017

THE WEDDING OFFICER
Revlover Films Pty Ltd

Genre Drama
Producer Martha Coleman
Director Jocelyn Moorhouse
Writer Andrew Knight   
Synopsis A young British officer is sent to allied occupied Naples to clean up corruption and curb the run of British soldiers marrying Neapolitan girls, so the locals - led by fiery Livia Pertelli - decide to corrupt him the best way they know how: with food.  Based on the best selling book by Anthony Capella.
Matched with eOne Films Australia

January 2017

THE LINE
The Line (Aust) Pty Ltd & Sealion Films
Genre Drama, Action adventure, Western
Producers Greg Duffy, Graham Leader, Tim Duffy
Writer Tim Rose Price
Director Jeremy Sims
Synopsis John Dunraven, leader of a work-gang building the Overland Telegraph Line that will join Australia to its European mother, becomes enraptured by the indigenous culture that ‘The Line’ must inevitably decimate. As contact leads to conflict, Dunraven commits to destroying ‘The Line’, and with it, everything he has ever believed in.
Matched with Icon Films

RAMS
WBMC Pty Ltd

Genre Drama, Comedy
Producer Janelle Landers, Aidan O’Bryan
Writer Jules Duncan
Synopsis Two farming brothers who haven’t spoken for 40 years must overcome their differences to save their flock and their community.
Matched with Roadshow Films

September 2016

PANYEE FC
Revlover Films
Genre
Drama
Producer Martha Coleman
Director Matt Devine
Writer Natasha Pincus
Synopsis Set on the beautiful floating island of Koh Panyee in Thailand, the inspiring true story of a group of young Thai football players who followed their dreams and changed their island forever.
Matched with Transmission Films.

Special Initiatives

Family Film Forum

DINGO: THE DOG WHO CONQUERED A CONTINENT​
Pony Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Family
Producer Dylan Blowen
Director Rachel Landers
Writer Keith Thompson
Consultant Producer Jodie Bell
Synopsis A boy and a 'rubbish dog' are blown out to sea in a canoe. When they crash onto a strange new land, they must work together to survive.

KELLY’S GOLD
Major International Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre 
Family, Adventure
Directors / Writers Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes
Synopsis A spirited teenage girl joins forces with her grandfather and a brash city kid to find Ned Kelly’s hidden gold and bring her ailing town back to life. But a sinister relic hunter will stop at nothing to beat them to the prize.

THE SUMMER WE RULED THE WORLD
Werner Film Productions Pty Ltd
Genre 
Family
Producers Joanna Werner, Louise Smith
Writer Samantha Strauss
Synopsis Augie Butterball is part musical genius, part oddball… and he’s just written the song that will change the world.

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