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2018–2019 development funding

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CAGE IN THE WILD
Factor 30 Films
Genre
 Drama, Thriller, Crime
Producers Melissa Kelly, Ryan Hodgson
Director Ben Young
Writer Craig Silvey
Synopsis After a young woman leaves the scene of a catastrophic event and absconds to the forests of South Western Australia, she must learn to survive while haunted by the horror of her past.

DRAG MUMMA
Small Cow Productions Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Drama
Executive Producer Christopher Gist
Writer Christopher Gist
Synopsis During the time of Australia's Marriage Equality Bill, an outer suburban mum enters the drag world by stealth to reconnect with her son.

FAT LADY
Causeway Films HQ Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Crime
Producers Samantha Jennings, Kristina Ceyton
Director Ash Page
Writer Ash Page
Synopsis An obese agoraphobe and her pretend welfare carer unexpectedly team up to make a quick buck and escape their downtrodden existence. Their plan; to sell ecstasy on the Dark Web. If they can avoid killing each other, they just might live happily ever after.

HEARTS OF STONE
Full Circle Productions Pty Limited
Genre 
Drama
Producer Stuart Quin
Executive Producer Stuart Quin
Writer Shirley Pierce
Synopsis A diverse group of lawyers of many races and creeds work to free people of colour falsely charged with murder.

INSIDE 
Simpatico Films Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama, Thriller, Crime
Writer/Director Charles Williams
Synopsis A prisoner approaching the end of his sentence is forced to sacrifice his last chance at freedom when his estranged son pressures him into murdering a young inmate.

MONASH
Dancing Road Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama
Producer Helen Leake, Gena Ashwell
Director Bruce Beresford
Writer Louis Nowra
Synopsis Sir John Monash, a complex, highly intelligent man loved by his men, is almost destroyed by the slaughter of his beloved soldiers at Gallipoli but he refuses to give in. He has to battle the establishment that looks down upon him due to his German - Jewish background, modernise conventional warfare and lead those under his command to a victory that broke the spirit of the German Army.

TURF WARS
Roar Film Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Drama
Producer Steve Thomas
Executive Producer Jason Byrne
Writer Martine Delaney
Synopsis When an old man and his late wife decide to grow vegetables in their nature strip, in the midst of a dying community, it becomes a battle with authorities. A battle that might just change the world around them.

UNTITLED LESLEY WILLIAMS PROJECT
See Saw Productions Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama
Producers Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Rachel Gardner
Executive Producers Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams
Writer Sarah Walker
Synopsis The inspiring true story of an indefatigable Murri woman's hard-fought journey to self-empowerment and dignity in proud defiance of a lifetime of disenfranchisement, that would change not her only life but the lives of thousands of fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

UNTITLED PROJECT 
Macgowan Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Drama, Musical
Producers Marian Macgowan, Jason Stephens
Director Jonathan Teplitzky 
Writer Joanna Murray-Smith
Synopsis Theatrical adaptation of a successful musical documentary series.

VOICES IN DEEP
Small Village Films Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama, Thriller
Producers Jason Raftopoulos, Alexandros Ouzas 
Writer/Director Jason Raftopoulos
Synopsis A tragedy at sea connects the lives of an Australian humanitarian worker and two orphaned refugees as they fight for survival in present day Athens.

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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