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Funding Approvals
2021-2022 Production funding

JUNE 2022

ADDITION
Made Up Stories Pty Ltd and Buon Giorno Productions Pty Ltd
Genre 
Romantic comedy
Director Marcelle Lunam
Writer Becca Johnstone
Producers Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky, Cristina Pozzan, Jodi Matterson
Executive Producers Ricci Swart, Meryl Metni, Deanne Weir, Olivia Humphrey, Frank Cox
Australian Distributor Roadshow Films
International Sales WME
Synopsis A romantic comedy about accepting who you are and celebrating the things in life that really count.

LITTLE BIRD
Northern Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre
 Romantic Comedy
Director Darren Ashton
Writers Harry Cripps, Hannah Reilly
Producers Joe Weatherstone, Catherine Nebauer
Australian Distributor Maslow Umbrella 387 Entertainment
International Sales Parkland Pictures
Synopsis A poor but spirited young woman teams up with a burnt out legend to become one of Australia’s most extraordinary flying teams. Set in the glamorous world of 1930’s aviation, Little Bird is a romcom about defying expectations and letting your spirit soar as high as the sky. Inspired by the life of Nancy Bird Walton – Australia’s first commercial aviatrix.

APRIL 2022

WENT UP THE HILL
Causeway Creations Pty Ltd
Genre
 Thriller
Director Samuel Van Grinsven
Writers Samuel Van Grinsven, Jory Anast
Producers Samantha Jennings, Kristina Ceyton, Vicky Pope
Australian Distributor Vendetta Films
International Sales Bankside Films
Synopsis When Jack learns of the death of his estranged birthmother, he ventures to remote New Zealand to attend the funeral and meets her grieving widow. But his search for answers becomes dangerous when his mother’s ghost returns to inhabit both her son and her widow, instigating a life-threatening nocturnal dance.

SHAYDA
Origma 45
Genre 
Drama
Writer/Director Noora Niasari
Producer Vincent Sheehan
Executive Producers Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton, Coco Francini, Caitlin Gold, Lindsay Lanzillotta, Naomi McDougall Jones, Lois Scott, Nivedita Kulkarni
Australian Distributor Madman
International Sales HanWay Films
Synopsis A young Iranian mother finds refuge in an Australian women’s shelter where her search for freedom brings her face to face with the violence from which she has fled.

200% WOLF
Flying Bark Productions
Genre 
Comedy, Drama, Family
Director Alexs Stadermann
Writer Fin Edquist
Producers Barbara Stephen, Alexia Gates-Foale, Carmen Perez-Marsa Roca
Distributor Studio Canal
International Sales Studio 100 Film
Synopsis Freddy Lupin is back, and this time the pink poodle is on a mission to save cheeky young moon spirit Moopoo, and send him back to where he blasted from.

RUNAWAY
See-Saw Films 
Genre
 Drama
Writer/Director Mirrah Foulkes
Producers Liz Watts, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning
Executive Producers Jane Campion, Jan Chapman
Distributor Transmission
International Sales Cross City Films Limited
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.

NOVEMBER 2021

FORCE OF NATURE
Made Up Stories   

Genre Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Writer/Director Robert Connolly
Producers Robert Connolly, Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky, Jodi Matterson, Eric Bana 
Australian Distributor Roadshow
International Sales WME 
Synopsis Five women go hiking in the Australian bush, only four return. Federal Agent Falk desperately searches for the missing woman and the truth about what happened out there.

THE ROYAL HOTEL
See-Saw Productions Pty Ltd
Genre Drama, Thriller
Director Kitty Green
Writers Kitty Green, Oscar Redding
Producers Liz Watts, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Kath Shelper
Executive Producer Simon Gillis
Australian Distributor Transmission
International Sales Cross City Films Limited 
Synopsis A pair of young, foreign female backpackers find themselves trapped at the only bar in a one-horse mining town in outback Australia.

OCTOBER 2021

IN VITRO
Arcadia, Fictious 

Genre Thriller, Science fiction
Directors Will Howarth, Tom McKeith
Writers Talia Zucker, Will Howarth, Tom McKeith
Producers Lisa Shaunessy, Bec Janek, Will Howarth, Rachael Fung
Executive Producers Matilda Comers, Alexandra Burke, Anna Dadic, Clement Dunn
Australian Distributor Arcadia
International Sales TBC
Synopsis On an isolated cattle ranch, a couple experimenting with biotechnology have their lives upended when they discover a disturbing presence on the property.