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2022-2023 development funding

PREMIUM

THE SAVIOUR (WORKING TITLE)
Linda Rachel Royal
Genre 
Drama, Historical fiction
Writers Nicholas Lathouris, Linda Royal
Co-writer Joshua Lundberg
Producers David Lipman, Linda Royal
Synopsis When a rudderless young woman discovers that her traumatised family has lied to her about her heritage, she is desperate for them to reconnect with the past and travel to Japan to celebrate the stranger who saved their lives during the Holocaust, so they can live despite the fear of persecution. What starts out as a singular mission becomes a rich and complex journey of emotional and cultural connections, reunions and choosing love and life. 

THE GHAN
Triptych Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Drama
Director Jeremy Sims
Writers Joanna Murray-Smith, Emma Jensen
Producers Julie Byrne, Kristian Moliere
Synopsis For this group of travellers, the trip of a lifetime aboard the iconic train The Ghan - a transcontinental odyssey across Australia, from the southern ocean, through the red centre to the tropical north - becomes a journey of personal transformation as they let go of their old identities and, through conflict and laughter, discover brave new versions of themselves more suited for the journey that lies ahead.

PARADISE
Aquarius Films
Genre
 Drama
Directors Phoenix Raei, Rhys Graham
Writers Abdul Karim Hekmat, Roger Monk
Producers Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford, Osamah Sami
Synopsis Paradise is the true, devastatingly beautiful love story of two young men who meet in offshore detention on Nauru after fleeing persecution. Met with similar hostilities to those they fled in Iran, and facing harsh Australian immigration laws, their epic story is akin to the greatest triumphs in Persian poetry. Fighting for their lives, forced into impossible choices, their story builds to a finale that is a testament to the great power of love.

UNTITLED MATT OKINE PROJECT
Aquarius Films and Wooden Horse
Genre
 Comedy, Drama
Writer/Director Matt Okine
Producers Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford
Executive Producers Jude Troy, Miranda Culley, Richard Finlayson
Script Editor Stephen Cleary
Synopsis 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.

SQUARE THE CIRCLE
Carver Films Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama, Crime, Heist
Director Ana Kokkinos
Writer Jessica Redenbach
Producers Sarah Shaw, Anna McLeish, Ana Kokkinos
Synopsis Three women – a career criminal, an ambitious cop and a daring teenage runaway - are drawn into a dangerous game of high-stake heists and subterfuge that threatens to destroy them all.

THE CHOKE
Roadshow Rough Diamond
Genre
 Drama
Director Claudia Karvan
Writer Sofie Laguna
Producer John Edwards
Executive Producer Dan Edwards
Synopsis 10-year-old Justine Lee lives in a dangerous world of male violence in the rural underclass on the beautiful banks of the Murray River. Against odds, she triumphs.

SKIPPY
Southern Light Global Entertainment PTY LTD
Genre
 Comedy, Family, Animation=
Writers Mark Sherrifs, Boori Monte Pryor
Producers Timothy White, Nicholas McCallum
Script Consultants Lark Lee, Georgia White
Synopsis Skippy the bush kangaroo and her best friend, 15-year-old Sonny, agree to act as guides for a Korean teenage band stranded in the outback, in the process they must outsmart some shady locals.

MOST ADMIRED WOMAN
Aquarius Films & Decade Films
Genre
 Drama
Writer Becca Johnstone
Producers Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford, Ray Quint, Andrew Handelsmann
Synopsis As waves of polio epidemics sweep the world, a fiery bush nurse travels to America with her revolutionary treatment. Scoffed at by the medical fraternity, Sister Kenny fights tooth and nail for her methods to be accepted, only to lose sight of a battle much closer to home.

GENERATE

MIMESIS
Triptych Pictures Pty Ltd

Genre Drama, Science fiction, Psychological
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 into a recreation of the days leading up to her unexplained death, changing their relationship forever.

FIRST LIGHT
Majella Productions PTY LTD
Genre Drama
Writer/Director James J Robinson
Producers Gabrielle Pearson, Jane Pe Aguirre, Joey Romero
Synopsis After dedicating her life to a crumbling convent in the mountains above the Philippines, an elderly nun has her faith uprooted when she witnesses the brutal death of a young construction worker.

TAKE MY HAND
Invisible Republic Pty Ltd
Genre Drama, Comedy
Director Jack Dowdell
Writers Dean Nash, Jack Dowdell
Producer Michael Wrenn
Synopsis Noah, a newly married young professional with Cerebral Palsy is building a life with his wife, Libby. Noah is in advertising and is offered a dream promotion, the only catch is the requirement to play the 'disability card' and take advantage of the disabled community he's always kept himself apart from. This forces him to reconnect with his old university roommate and disabled community activist Toby and his outspoken social media influencer girlfriend, Sonja. As a result, Noah has to reconcile his own feelings and prejudices to other disabled people and face up to himself.

OWNER’S MANUAL: OPERATION & MAINTENANCE OF THE HUMAN BODY
Bradley Slabe
Genre Comedy, Family, Adventure
Writer/Director Bradley Slabe
Synopsis A girl with anxiety rushes to fix herself when she's sucked into her own body, which is a series of clumsily-managed power plants... still under construction.

KHANA
Co-Curious Ltd

Genre Drama, Crime
Writer Arka Das
Executive Producer Annabel Davis
Mentor & Script Advisor Blake Ayshford
Synopsis An ambitious migrant worker Ronny, clocks long hours scrubbing dishes in an Indian restaurant in Sydney’s western suburbs. When he is finally given an opportunity to achieve his dream of becoming a chef, he quickly finds himself drawn into a dark underworld where freedom comes at a hefty price.

OMAR AND DAWN
James Elazzi
Genre Drama
Writer/Director James Elazzi
Producer Andrew Arbuthnot
Executive Producer Lisa Shaunessy
Synopsis Omar, a young gay Lebanese Australian, determined not to return to dangerous sex work and life on the streets, is given one last chance in foster care with an older woman, which challenges and changes their lives forever.

A WAY AWAY
Sweetshop And Green
Genre Drama
Writer/Director Sara Kern
Producer Gal Greenspan
Synopsis 11-year-old Rana is determined to take care of her family following her mother's injury, in an effort to keep an abusive uncle out of their lives.

LOVE IS NOT A VERB
Northern Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre Romantic comedy
Writer Rebecca Sommi Fisher        
Executive Producer Catherine Nebauer
Development Producer Darren Ashton
Synopsis Thomas Carrington, a young man on the autism spectrum is heartbroken when the girl of ‘his dreams’ ends their relationship. Believing that love is a formula that he can solve, and with the help of an eccentric young woman, he embarks on a mission to win her back. He discovers that sometimes you need to let go of rigid ideals to find true happiness.

SCORPIO
Majella Genre Comedy, Drama
Writer Allanah Avalon
Producers Allanah Avalon, Gabrielle Pearson
Synopsis Between sex work, Orthodox Russians, and a rising Melbourne property market, the twenty-something year old Scorpio has a few balls to juggle. To make matters worse, she finds herself pulled in multiple directions; trying to honour the old world Russian values set by her family, while embracing sex, love, and lesbianism for all they’re worth. What results is an irreconcilable cocktail ready to explode in her face, revealing to those around her that there’s more to Scorpio than they know. A comedy / drama, Scorpio traces one young woman's experience dealing with family expectation, and the lies one must keep in order to sustain a double life.

ONE HUNDRED DAYS
Michelle Law
Genre
 Drama, Horror, Thriller, Psychological
Director Corrie Chen
Writer Michelle Law
Synopsis Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Alice Pung, One Hundred Days is a psychological drama/thriller about motherhood, autonomy, and the frightening singlemindedness of those desperate to protect their loved ones… at any cost.

HEL
Jorrden Daley
Genre
 Horror, Thriller, Psychological
Writer Jorrden Daley
Producer Jessica Carrera
Synopsis A devout young woman turns to solitary confinement to surrender her life to God, but instead of Salvation, she finds herself in Hell.