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Funding Approvals
2019–2020 development funding

PREMIUM

APARNA
Felix Media Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama, Musical
Director S. Shakthidharan
Writers S. Shakthidharan, Jeyasingham Jeyamohan (Tamil dialogue)
Producer John Maynard
Executive Producer Bridget Ikin
Synopsis  Separated during Sri Lanka’s civil war, a mother and son are re-united in modern day Sri Lanka.

AUSSIE RULES
Good Eye Deer Pty Ltd
Genre
 Romantic comedy, Female buddy
Writers John Meadows, Maria Jacquemetton, Andre Jacquemetton
Producers Olivia Olley, Gavin Banks, Andrew Miano, Dan Balgoyen
Synopsis Three relationship-challenged American women travel to Sydney in pursuit of the Great Australian Male only to land in the middle of Mardi Gras where, one-by-one, all preconceived ideas of Australia are turned upside down.

GRAH
Red Lamp Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Family
Writer/Director Kim Mordaunt
Producers Sylvia Wilczynski, Ridley Scott
Executive Producer Zareh Nalbandian
Synopsis Based on the book Monster Nanny by Tuutikki Tolonen.

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!

RISING ASH
Element Film Production Services Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama
Writer/Director Elissa Down
Producer Liliana Munoz
Executive Producers Scott Einbinder, Weinan Song, Mark Lazarus
Synopsis Based on the true story of world champion Amy Birch, an Australian girl flies to Thailand to pursue glory in the world of Muay Thai Boxing and discovers that other fighters are not all she has to defeat. 

THE UNKNOWN MAN
See-Saw Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
 Crime, Thriller
Writer/Director Thomas M. Wright
Producers Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Rachel Gardner, Joel Edgerton, Kerry Roberts, Kim Hodgert
Synopsis A tautly compelling and atmospheric crime thriller inspired by true events in the vein of Animal Kingdom and InsomniaThe Unknown Man marks the emergence of a bold new filmmaker on the international film landscape.

BMX BANDITS
Night Kitchen Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
 Action adventure, Comedy
Writer Steve Worland
Producer Matt Reeder
Synopsis A reboot of the classic 80s family favourite for a contemporary audience.

EMPTY EMPIRE
Corrie Chen

Genre Drama
Director Corrie Chen
Writers Corrie Chen, Penelope Chai
Synopsis After the death of her mother, a biracial woman travels to a mysterious city in China to track down her long-absent father. Instead, she finds an emerald metropolis inhabited by only a handful of guardians, all waiting for the great and powerful wushi to turn the city into a home.

HEARTS OF STONE
Full Circle Productions Pty Ltd
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.

HOW TO PLEASE A WOMAN
Feisty Dame Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
 Comedy, Drama
Writer/Director Renée Webster
Producers Tania Chambers, Judi Levine
Synopsis When her all-male house-cleaning business gets out of control, a mature woman must embrace her own sexuality, if she is to make a new life for herself.

PETEY
Ludo Studio Pty Ltd
Genre
 Comedy, Science fiction
Writer/Director Daley Pearson
Executive Producers Charlie Aspinwall, Daley Pearson, Nick Boshier
Synopsis Twenty-five years after a daring, cheeky boy became best-friends-forever with a stranded extraterrestrial, the alien is back with a whole lotta baggage and its ready to start a kraktix (translation: family).

THE LAIRDBALOR
Asphodel Films
Genre Family, Fantasy
Writer/Director Nicholas Verso
Synopsis When an anxious young boy runs away from his estranged parents, he tumbles into a strange parallel world populated by creatures born from childhood nightmares. With only 13 hours to get home, he must brave the personifications of all his greatest fears come to life...or remain trapped for eternity.

TIME TRAP
Hopscotch Features 
Genre
 Action adventure, Comedy, Science fiction
Writer/Director Michael Shanks
Producers Andrew Mason, Maeva Gatineau, Troy Lum
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.

GENERATE

DIGGER
Bluebird Productions
Genre
 Comedy
Writer/Director Dave Wade
Producer Alexandra Blue
Executive Producer Marian MacGowan
Synopsis Residents of a small town celebrate and embrace a mysterious stranger who is digging a hole in the middle of the desert.

MONSTER FACE
Leonie Savvides

Genre Drama, Psychological horror
Writer/Director Leonie Savvides
Synopsis Monster Face is a film about two young women, friends whose obsessions with image culture lead them into dark and strange territory.

PETROL
Arenamedia
Genre
 Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Writer/Director Alena Lodkina
Producer Kate Laurie
Synopsis As Aurelia begins her film studies in Melbourne, she is reminded by her migrant parents to value her freedom to pursue her creative ambitions. When she falls under the influence of a charismatic performance artist Mia, Aurelia’s ideas of what freedom means are profoundly challenged.

THE BORDER
Eryk Lenartowicz

Genre Comedy, Drama, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Science fiction
Writers Eryk Lenartowicz, Yvette Underwood
Director Eryk Lenartowicz
Synopsis Humanity is reduced to the last city left on Earth, absurdly overpopulated. It is entirely surrounded by a forest, inhabited by a mysterious creature that feeds off human sacrifices to maintain population balance. Matylda (32) a shy and low-ranking government worker illegally falls pregnant after an awkward one-night stand. In order to avoid punishment she is forced to confront her reality, and question the value of life.

THE MOOGAI
Causeway Films HQ Pty Ltd and No Coincidence Media Pty Ltd

Genre Horror, Thriller
Producers Kristina Ceyton, Samantha Jennings, Mitchell Stanley
Writer/Director Jon Bell
Synopsis The Moogai is the story of a family terrorised by a child-stealing spirit.