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FEBRUARY 2018

THE BOAT BUILDER 
Macgowan Films Pty Ltd  
Genre Drama    
Producers Marian Macgowan, Peter Herbert, Jan Marnell, Senia Dremstrup               
Writers Elise McCredie, Andrew Knight (script consultant)     
Synopsis For Jørn Utzon and Joe Cahill the Sydney Opera House was a daring vision; but political forces turned, and they became the whipping boys of culture.  Despite this the building they created, changed the image of our country forever.

FOLLOWERS
RaMar Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
Black Comedy    
Producer Christina Radburn
Executive Producer Robyn Kershaw
Director / Writer Tim Marshall
Synopsis A recent widow sees the face of Jesus on her gay Aqua Aerobics instructor’s swimming shorts and sets out to convince him that he is Jesus.                    

FRANKIE SUNDAY        
Cascade Films Pty Ltd
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Producer David Parker, Carmel Meiklejohn
Director Nadia Tass      
Writer Gareth Calverley
Synopsis Frankie Sunday, Australia's first champion axe-woman, battles for equality and the right for women to compete as a wood chopping team at the prestigious Sydney Royal Easter Show, the "Wimbledon of Wood-chopping".

THE GOOD PEOPLE
Aquarius Films Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama, Thriller  
Producer Polly Staniford, Angie Fielder
Writer Hannah Kent
Synopsis Hedged in by gossip and joined by their desperation, three women in nineteenth-century Ireland are drawn together in the hope of rescuing a child from a superstitious community.                       

HIGH WATCH   
Arenamedia Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama               
Producer Liz Kearney   
Director / Writer Sam Holst
Synopsis A vulnerable man is kept under close personal surveillance over the course of one day.

I AM WOMAN    
Goalpost Pictures Australia Pty Ltd     
Genre
Drama   
Producer Rosemary Blight        
Director Unjoo Moon     
Writer Emma Jensen
Synopsis I Am Woman is the story behind the woman who wrote a song which galvanised a generation of women to fight for change.

LAURINDA       
Handmaid Media Pty Ltd         
Genre
Comedy, Drama             
Producer Donna Chang, Samantha Lang
Director Samantha Lang            
Writer Michelle Law
Synopsis Lucy Linh Lam lives in a dilapidated suburb among families like her own: poor, hardworking immigrants who dream of a better life for their children. When she wins a scholarship to a prestigious private school, Lucy struggles to form a new identity without compromising the values she holds closest to her heart.  

THE MUSICIAN
SixtyFourSixty Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama   
Producer Su Armstrong, Brian Rosen
Director Kim Mordaunt 
Writer Joan Sauers
Synopsis Richard Goldner - musician, inventor, creator, and enemy alien, - a mercurial man who despite great adversity and self doubt fulfils his life's dream and gives Australia a lasting legacy in Musica Viva - the largest entrepreneurial chamber orchestra company in the world.

POSTIE CAM
Steve Kearney, Kmunications Pty Ltd
Genre Family
Producer Steve Kearney, Tennille Kennedy
Writer Peter Ivan
Synopsis The true story of an eccentric postman who helped spread Christmas cheer, engaging at-risk kids by dressing as Santa's helper and covering his bike in Christmas decorations.                     

PRIVATE MOODY          
Revlover Films Pty Ltd
Genre
Comedy, Drama             
Producer Martha Coleman, Lauren Edwards       
Writer Mac Gudgeon
Synopsis The true story of Horrie, the terrier who stole the hearts of Australians when word of his heroics in Europe fighting with a tight group of Aussie diggers became headline news.                      

PUFF
Causeway Films HQ Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama   
Producer Samantha Jennings
Director Del Kathryn Barton      
Writers Huna Amweero, Del Kathryn Barton
Synopsis After accidentally witnessing a woman being raped, a 12 year-old girl left catatonic with shock, struggles to make sense of what she saw and ultimately finds renewal in the inestimable world of her imagination.                          

SONS OF SALT
Clanalpine Films Pty Ltd t/a Known Associates
Genre
Drama, Crime    
Producer Rob Gibson
Director Jonathan Teplitzky     
Writer David O'Donnell, Kieran Darcy-Smith (script consultant)     
Synopsis An ex-con trying to go straight is pulled back into chaos by his pro-surfer younger brother, whose own criminal habits are now spiralling out of control.           

THE SOUND OF MUMBAI
The Sound Of Mumbai Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama, Musical              
Producer James Brown, Nicky Bentham
Director / Writer Sarah McCarthy         
Synopsis The Sound of Mumbai is a musical about Kate (early 30s) a Londoner who travels to Mumbai to teach kids from a local slum school music, so they can perform a concert of songs from The Sound of Music.     

SQUARE THE CIRCLE
Kojo Entertainment    
Genre
Drama, Crime    
Producer Kate Croser, Sandy Cameron, Kate Butler       
Director / Writer Jessica Redenbach     
Synopsis In 1990s Sydney three exceptional women - a gifted cop, a master criminal and a teenage runaway - are drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse and a shit-storm of escalating criminal activity that threatens to destroy them all.       

THE VARIATIONS
Film Art Media Pty Ltd
Genre Drama
Producer Sue Maslin
Director / 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.    

WISH   
Soft Tread Enterprises Pty Limited     
Genre
Drama   
Producer Jo Dyer
Director / Writer Shane McNeil             
Synopsis Love is blind. True love is silent... When John James (JJ), a lonely, overweight sign language teacher accepts a private tutoring job he discovers his new ‘deaf’ student is not only kind, sensitive and intellectually gifted, but also a mature, female gorilla who will change his life forever. Adapted from Peter Goldsworthy's acclaimed novel.                    

YOU'LL LOVE ME         
The Dollhouse Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama   
Producer Jessica Carrera
Director / Writer Goran Stolevski         
Synopsis When a fifty something part-time actor and full-time cleaning lady finally gets a break in love and career - the consequences are explosive.

November 2017

HOW (NOT) TO START AN ORPHANAGE
Aquarius Films Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama
Producers Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford
Director Jen Peedom
Writer Emma Jensen
Synopsis The incredible true story of Tara Winkler, who started her own orphanage in Cambodia, only to discover that her best intentions were very misguided. Through a shocking discovery she is forced to rethink everything she’s learnt so far and driven to create a new model to help break the poverty cycle and end the institutionalisation of children.

ANGRY UNDERWEAR   
Feisty Dame Productions Pty Ltd
Genre Drama    
Producer Tania Chambers  
Writer Tania Ferrier    
Synopsis Artist Tat creates underwear with attitude, becoming an overnight media sensation. Flashbacks force her to confront experiences from her childhood. Through exposing “things that are better left unsaid”, Tat finally commences the process of healing.

AUDREY
Invisible Republic Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Drama
Producer Michael Wrenn
Executive Producers Emma Fitzsimons, Princess Pictures
Director Natalie Bailey
Writer Lou Sanz
Synopsis When the attention-seeking suicide attempt of Ronnie’s daughter, Audrey, dramatically fails Ronnie assumes her identity in a bid to fulfil her own thwarted dreams.

BABYTEETH
Whitefalk Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Drama
Producer Alex White
Executive Producer Jan Chapman
Director Shannon Murphy
Writer Rita Kalnejais
Synopsis A bittersweet comedy about how good it is not to be dead yet - and how far we will go for love.

GODFREY
See Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama
Producers Jamie Hilton, Ester Harding
Director Wayne Blair
Writer Gerard Lee, Wayne Blair
Synopsis Godfrey (30s), highly autistic, lives with his Indigenous adoptive-brother David. Their precarious domestic balance is destabilised when physiotherapist Annie arrives in town.

KELLY’S GOLD
Major International Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre 
Action adventure, Comedy, Family
Writers Colin Cairnes, Cameron Cairnes
Executive Producers Joan Sauers
Synopsis In a desperate bid to save their historic town from a ruthless casino magnate, a brave young girl and her eccentric grandfather set off on the hunt for Ned Kelly’s hidden gold.

KILLING BETTY
Porchlight Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Drama
Producer Vincent Sheehan
Director Matt Day
Writer Kirsty Fisher
Synopsis Killing Betty is a dark comedy about greed, euthanasia, family and real-estate. But mostly, it's the story of a daughter learning to love a mother who never knew how to love her back.

ONE OF US
Invisible Republic Pty Ltd
Genre
 Thriller, Drama
Producer Michael Wrenn
Writer Saman Shad
Synopsis Zainab and Asif move from India to Sydney to build a new life, but when Asif dies in suspicious circumstances Zainab realises she never really knew her husband and their new comfortable white neighbourhood hides a dark secret. 

M4M
Toothless Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama
Director Paul Ireland
Writer Damian Hill
Synopsis An interpretation of William Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure set in Melbourne's notorious commission flats that provide the setting for an exploration of love, loyalty and justice

MINDING GAVIN
Ruby Entertainment Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy
Producers Stephen Luby, Mark Ruse
Writer Robyn Winslow
Synopsis Small towns are like family; loving, caring, and seriously bloody annoying.

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND
WBMC
Genre 
Drama
Producers Janelle Landers, Aidan O'Bryan
Writer Sue Smith
Synopsis The true story of one woman's experiences teaching English to asylum seekers at the Curtin Detention Centre in remote Western Australia and the unexpected bond that develops between her and one of her students.

PETROVA
Genre 
Drama, Thriller
Writer Bec Peniston-Bird
Synopsis Canberra, 1954. A Russian spy finds herself suspected of treachery after her husband’s disappearance behind enemy lines. As she tries to uncover the truth about his whereabouts, long held beliefs start to unravel. 

STOLEN
Arenamedia Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama
Producers Liz Kearney, Catriona McKenzie
Director Catriona McKenzie
Writers Catriona McKenzie, Patricia Cornelius
Synopsis Stolen is a mystery that unravels in reverse chronological order, solving the interpersonal battle between two characters that resonates with a whole nation.

THE PROSPECTOR
Blackfella Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Western, Crime, Mystery
Producers Miranda Dear, Darren Dale
Director Rachel Perkins
Writer Craig Silvey
Synopsis A woman must navigate the lawlessness of Western Australia’s gold rush to find her missing husband. Along the way she’s forced to question if he truly is the man he claims to be.

August 2017

2067   
We Are Arcadia Pty Ltd

Genre Thriller, Mystery, Science Fiction    
Producers Lisa Shaunessy, Phyllis Laing, Kate Croser
Director Seth Larney     
Writers Seth Larney, Dave Paterson         
Synopsis One man's journey to the future to save a dying world.

BONDI BEACH BREAKFAST CLUB
Film Depot Pty Ltd        

Producer Louise Smith               
Writer Liz Doran

CROAK (working title)
Midwinter & Jungle
Genre Comedy, Horror  
Producers Bridget Callow-Wright, Chloe Rickard     
Directors Christiaan Van Vuuren, Connor Van Vuuren         
Writers Shane Brady, Priscilla Cameron    
Synopsis When a mining boom town is plagued by the presence of a giant mutant cane toad, a misfit gang of teenagers must band together to defeat the monster and the corrupt mining company that created it.

GAPS IN THE HICKORY
Carver Films Pty Ltd      

Genre Drama                
Producers Sarah Shaw, Anna McLeish                   
Writers Maxine Beneba Clarke, Erik Jensen
Synopsis Ella, eight and African-American, lives in a tiny flat in New Orleans. Her favourite person to visit is Delores, in her sixties and greying, to hear stories about Delores and her old friend Izzy. Carter is Izzy's ten-year old grandchild, living in Newmarket, Mississippi, unaware that his life will soon collide with Ella and Delores in a heartbreaking and inspirational way. Adapted from Maxine Beneba Clarke's acclaimed short story of the same name.

JULIAN CORKLE IS A FILTHY LIAR
Macgowan Films Pty Ltd

Genre Comedy, Drama              
Producers Marian Macgowan, Sarah Radclyffe         
Director MJ Delaney      
Writer Rachel Hirons     
Synopsis Set in Tasmania in the 1980s, this is a comic coming-of-age story in which our slightly overweight and mendacious hero seeks fame and fortune, only to discover the truth far closer to home.       

MODERN LOVE 
The Film Company Pty Ltd          

Genre Drama    
Producer Richard Keddie
Director Rachel Ward    
Writer Glen Dolman      
Synopsis A grand experiment of free love and modernism that liberated Australia and unleashed one of its greatest talents.

THE PRINCESS AND THE BEAR     
Matthewswood Pty Ltd   

Genre Comedy, Drama
Producer Lee Matthews              
Writer Gina Lambropoulos         
Synopsis A hedonistic middle-aged gay publican’s lifestyle crashes to a halt when the 7 year old niece he’s never known is thrust into his care.

RUNAWAY      
Whitefalk Films Pty Ltd  

Genre Drama, Thriller
Producer Alex White
Executive Producers Jan Chapman, Jane Campion            
Director / Writer Mirrah Foulkes 
Synopsis Fearing the unravelling of her relationship, a young woman leads her husband into a complex and dangerous world of sexual fantasy that entangles the lives of her older neighbours.

SALSA MASALA 
Sense & Centsability Pty Ltd
Genre Comedy, Drama              
Producer Leanne Tonkes            
Writer Mithila Gupta      
Synopsis Asha defies her father and escapes to India to become a Bollywood dancer – but without family, she’s a total foreigner in her own land.

SCHOOL DANCE
Windmill Pictures         
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family
Producers Kaye Weeks, Rosemary Myers              
Director Rosemary Myers
Writer Matthew Whittet  
Synopsis This is a story about three teenagers. Matt, Luke and Jonathon. They’re meeting up before the school dance. They’re on a mission. But they’re losers.         

THE BOAT BUILDER
Macgowan Films Pty Ltd 
Genre Drama    
Producers Marian Macgowan, Peter Herbert, Jan Marnell, Senia Dremstrup               
Writer Elise McCredie, Andrew Knight (script consultant)     
Synopsis For Jørn Utzon and Joe Cahill the Sydney Opera House was a shared and daring vision that brought a deep friendship; for the political forces that rallied against them they became the whipping boys of culture,  yet still a building was created that changed the image of a country.

THE DRY          
Made Up Stories Pty Ltd 
Genre Thriller, Drama
Producers Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon   
Director Robert Connolly
Writer Harry Cripps       
Synopsis When Aaron Falk returns to his drought ravaged town in Victoria to attend his best mate’s funeral, he finds himself drawn into a web of lies and murder, which forces him to confront the guilty secrets of his own past. Based on the novel of the same name, written by Jane Harper.

THE ROUGHHOUSERS     
Hypergiant Films Pty Ltd
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller
Producer Joe (Joanne) Weatherstone                  
Writer Damien Power    
Synopsis A group of inseparable friends discover an abandoned building within which it is impossible to be hurt or killed.

Features matched marketplace

November 2017

BATHURST
Pictures in Paradise Development Pty Ltd
Genre Action Adventure
Producer Christopher Brown           
Writer Adam Todd     
Synopsis In 78, if you had a V8 Torana, and you were brave enough you could be the king of the Mountain – Bathurst - where it was win on Sunday sell on Monday and Big Bad Bob Devlin wanted the crown.
Matched with Universal

august 2017

PENGUIN BLOOM
Made Up Stories Pty Ltd
Genre Drama, Family
Producers Bruna Papandrea, Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Cooper           
Writer Shaun Grant       
Synopsis Penguin Bloom is the heart-warming true story of a family's extraordinary friendship with a unique little bird. Based on the book of the same name, written by Bradley Trevor Greive with photographs by Cameron Bloom.
Matched with Roadshow Films

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