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Funding Approvals
2021-2022 development funding

PREMIUM

DRUM WAVE
Carver Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Folk Horror
Director Natalie Erika James
Writers Natalie Erika James, Christian White
Producers Sarah Shaw, Anna McLeish, Natalie Erika James  
Synopsis 
A young composer confronts her fear of motherhood when she marries into a remote island community with bizarre fertility rituals.

IN MY BODY
Truant Pictures
Genre 
Horror, Thriller
Writer/Director Miranda Nation
Producers Zareh Nalbandian, Toby Nalbandian
Synopsis At a prestigious Parisian acting school, a young woman fights to keep her sanity as the rigorous classes, merciless instructors and cut-throat co-students turn her success into a matter of life or death.

LAUGH CLUB
Invisible Republic Pty Ltd

Genre Comedy, Drama
Writer Lou Sanz
Producer Michael Wrenn
Synopsis In the wake of a miscarriage, mummy-blogger Morgana King rejecting all sympathy assaults another parent and is sentenced to community service running the local misfit-filled Laugh Club.

NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS
Aurora, Sweetshop&Green and Hoodlum
Genre
 Drama
Director Rodd Rathjen
Writer Ákos Armont
Co-Writer/Associate Producer Behrouz Boochani
Producers Ákos Armont, Gal Greenspan, Antony Waddington, Kerrin McNeil
Executive Producer Tracey Robertson
Synopsis Imprisoned without a crime, on an island hidden from view, Kurdish refugee journalist Behrouz Boochani, weaponises WhatsApp to rally the world, behind the cause of those in offshore detention.

THE ARCHITECT
Big and Little Films Pty Ltd and Cameron Lukey
Genre
 Drama
Director Leah Purcell
Writers Matt Cameron, Peter Houghton
Producers Cameron Lukey, Michael McMahon
Synopsis Based on the original play by Aidan Fennessy. Terminally ill, Helen has a decision to make. Her husband John is about to travel overseas and is insisting she hire a carer. To John’s surprise, she chooses the least likely candidate – Lennie, an enigmatic drifter and jack-of-all-trades. As Lennie wrestles with his past and Helen confronts her future, an unexpected friendship forms between two unlikely strangers.

THE SWEET ABOVE
Every Cloud Productions Pty Ltd
Genre 
Action adventure, Comedy, Drama
Writers Elliot Vella, Gretel Vella, Timothy Walker
Original Story by Wain Fimeri.
Executive Producers Fiona Eagger, Deb Cox, Mike Jones, Drew Grove, Michael Smith
Synopsis How an Air Race that changed history turned the people of a battling country town into heroes.

THE VIBE
Ben Howling
Genre 
Action adventure, Musical, Science fiction, Family
Writer/Director Ben Howling
Producer Ben Howling
Synopsis In Duey’s world, people radiate a visible and audible aura of music which reflects their mood, known as their ‘Vibe’. After a dance battle gone awry, Duey has his Vibe knocked completely out of him, leaving him Vibe-less and with only one option - to undertake the Sacred Pilgrimage to recapture his Vibe.

TOGETHER
Princess Pictures Holdings Pty Ltd
Genre
 Horror
Writer/Director Michael Shanks
Producers Mike Cowap, Andrew Mittman
Executive Producers Emma Fitzsimons, Laura Waters
Synopsis When not-so-young-anymore couple Tim and Millie finally take the plunge and buy a house they are exposed to a mysterious virus that causes their bodies to start to fuse together.

UNTITLED MATT OKINE PROJECT
Aquarius Films in association with Wooden Horse
Genre
 Coming of Age Drama
Writer/Director Matt Okine
Producers Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford
Executive Producer Jude Troy
Synopsis Based on his debut novel, Being Black n’Çhicken n’Chips, and loosely based on Matt Okine’s experiences of growing up in Brisbane, this film is a journey back to 1998, when 12-year-old Australian-African Mike Amon faces the struggle of entering high school, falling in love for the first time, a rapidly changing body – and learning that his mother has been diagnosed with late-stage cancer.

GENERATE

A GOOD LIBRARIAN’S GUIDE TO VENGEANCE
Peking Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Drama
Writer/Director Sam Voutas
Script Editor Sarah Golding
Producer Melanie Ansley
Synopsis When a librarian is sent into aged care against her will by her best friend, she sets about escaping in order to settle the score.

DAWN
Donna McRae
Genre
 Horror, Thriller
Writer/Director Donna McRae
Synopsis A neurotic spinster must make amends for a forgotten incident in order to rid herself of a childhood ghost.

KHANA
Co-Curious Ltd
Genre Drama, Crime
Writer Arka Das
Executive Producer Annabel Davis
Synopsis A young migrant worker clocks long hours as a dish-pig at an Indian restaurant in Sydney’s Western suburbs. When the opportunity arises to achieve his dream of becoming a chef, Ronny feels his life is about to change. However; he quickly finds his dream has become a prison and he is drawn into the dark underworld of indentured labour where freedom comes at a hefty price.

MIMESIS
Triptych Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama, Science fiction
Director Hannah Hilliard
Writers Hannah Hilliard, Ian Shadwell
Producer Kristian Moliere
Synopsis When gifted computer scientist Beth Francis, resurrects her dead sister in the form of an Artificial Consciousness, she hopes to come to terms with her own grief and heal her relationship with her mother. Once brought to life, the virtual sister struggles with her new identity and draws Beth and her mother an exploration of the days leading up to her unexplained death, changing their relationship forever.

PIANO MUMS
Nimbus Creative Co
Genre
 Drama
Writer Aven Yap
Producers Aven Yap, Gabrielle Dalton, Judd Tilyard, James J Yi
Synopsis The close bond of a pushy migrant piano mum and her teenage prodigy son is tested when the pressure to realise unfulfilled dreams and justify sacrifices force them apart, until the power of music and self-discovery brings them back together.

SACCHARINE
Thrum Films Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama, Horror
Writer/Director Natalie Erika James
Synopsis A young medical student attempts to win the affections of her personal trainer with a sinister underground diet craze: eating human ash.