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Funding Approvals
2018–2019 development funding

Story Development

AUDREY
Invisible Republic Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, drama
Producer Michael Wrenn
Executive Producer Jenni Tosi
Director Natalie Bailey
Writer Louise Woodruff Sanz
Synopsis Ronnie is a frustrated mother who lives vicariously through the dreams she seeks to install in her two daughters so when Audrey ends up in a coma Ronnie believes she has no choice but to become her daughter.

LAST MAN STANDING
Deeper Water Films
Genre 
Drama, Family
Producers John Schwarz, Michael Schwarz
Director Kriv Stenders
Writer Stuart Beattie
Synopsis A young, brash Queenslander suffers enormous setbacks and overcomes insurmountable odds in his quest to win Australia’s first ever Olympic Winter Games Gold Medal.

THE LONG RIDE
Big and Little Films
Genre
Drama
Producer Michael McMahon
Director Tony Ayres
Writer Belinda Chayko
Synopsis Inspired by the true story of a man who cycled across the USA to hear his daughter's heart beat in the chest of an organ-donor recipient. His daughter had died tragically six months earlier and this epic odyssey of discovery is a father's way of honouring his daughter's memory.

RATS OF TOBRUK
Dems Entertainment
Genre
Drama
Producer John De Margheriti
Director Phillip Noyce
Writer John Collee
Synopsis Tobruk tells the story of an ordinary band of brothers, volunteers thrown together by war, who are sent with only a few months military training, and a collection of captured weapons, to try and halt the advance across north Africa of Rommel’s hitherto unstoppable armoured divisions.

UNTITLED ABE FORSYTHE PROJECT
Made Up Stories
Genre 
Drama, Mystery
Producers Jodi Matterson, Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, Janice Williams
Director Abe Forsythe
Writer Abe Forsythe
Synopsis When the population of a seemingly inconsequential outback town drops from eleven to ten in a bizarre missing person case, everyone is a suspect.

WHEN THE BIRDS AREN’T FREE TO BE BURIED
Emerald Productions Pty Limited
Genre 
Drama, Animation
Executive Producers Zareh Nalbandian, Felicity Staunton
Producers Sheila Jayadev, Lyn Norfor
Director/Writer Osamah Sami
Synopsis A magical and moving tale about 8-year-old Sami, an Arab refugee living in Iran during the Iran-Iraq war, who dreams of owning a pair of jeans and seeing his father again.

ZAC POWER THE MOVIE
Cheeky Little Media Pty Ltd
Genre
Action adventure, Comedy, Family
Producers Barbara Stephen, Patrick Egerton, Celine Goetz
Director David Webster
Writer John Armstrong
Synopsis After losing his position as the number one secret agent in the world, a teenage spy disobeys orders to embark on a rogue mission against a crazy super-villain, risking everything in an attempt to rescue his kidnapped parents and save the world from being sucked into a black hole.

GIRLS IN HOTELS
Dollhouse Pictures

Genre Drama
Producer Jessica Carrera, Gracie Otto
Executive Producer Robyn Kershaw
Director Gracie Otto
Writer Lee Tulloch
Synopsis In different time zones and hotels, six women live through a definitive moment of their lives.

MEMOIR OF A SNAIL 
Chunky Wonky Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama 
Producers 
Adam Elliot, Liz Kearney
Writer/Director Adam Elliot
Synopsis A stop-motion animated feature that will retell the biography of a melancholic woman addicted to sausage-rolls and romance novels.

ONCE A QUEEN 
Rough Trade Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Drama 
Producer 
Lois Randall
Executive Producers Sue Maslin, Veronica Fury
Writer/Director Lawrence Johnston
Synopsis Once a Queen is a Cinderella story with a different edge that celebrates the beauty and tradition of three generations of women all connected to the magical town they love which is locked in time. Shirley wants to rule, Lana thinks she wants a prince, Sally just wants to be the Queen!

STEALING EVEREST
See Saw Films
Genre 
Drama 
Producer 
Rachel Gardner, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Tom Hern
Director TBC
Writer Michelle Sahayan
Synopsis When 27-year-old New Zealand woman, Lydia Bradey, claimed she was the first woman to summit Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, her fellow teammates – and the rest of the world – called her a liar.

THE GOOD PEOPLE 
Aquarius Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama, Thriller 
Producers 
Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford
Director TBC
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.

TIME TRAP 
Hopscotch Features
Genre Action adventure, Comedy, Science fiction
Producers Andrew Mason, Troy Lum, Maeva Gatineau, 
Writer/Director Michael Shanks
Synopsis When an intergalactic traveller becomes stranded on the long-abandoned Earth, he joins forces with a teenage girl also lost in time, as they both try to return home.

DIGGER
Bluebird Productions
Genre 
Comedy
Producer Alexandra Blue
Executive Producer Marian MacGowan
Writer/Director Dave Wade
Synopsis: After having their hearts collectively broken, the residents of a small town find solace in a mysterious stranger, who is digging a hole in the middle of the desert. 

INTO THE NIGHT
Swing Wing Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama, Thriller
Writer/Producer David Curzon
Writer/Director Simon Portus
Writer Maziar Lahooti
Executive Producer Carolyn Johnson
Synopsis: Into the Night follows the journey of Rafi, an Iranian immigrant who is implicated in the disappearance of Kirsten, a pregnant teenage girl. 

MISFIT
Made Up Stories
Genre 
Drama
Writer/Director Luci Schroder
Producers Bruna Papandrea, Jodi Matterson, Steve Hutensky
Synopsis: A troubled woman’s warped experience of time is haunted by memory, she loses her job, home, and independence, on a journey to find connection and her way in the world.

NUDE TUESDAY
Good Thing Productions & Firefly Films (New Zealand co-production)
Genre 
Comedy 
Producers Nick Batzias, Virginia Whitwell, Emma Slade
Director Armagan Ballantyne
Writer Jackie Van Beek
Synopsis An absurdist comedy about a couple that spends a week at a new-age retreat in a bid to save their marriage.
 

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