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2011 features summary

FEBRUARY 2011

BYZANTIUM
Producer Melanie Coombs
Writer/Director Cris Jones
Script Editor Stephen Cleary
Synopsis After a road accident on the highway, a young man finds himself trapped in a strange, remote town, where nothing – and no one – is as it seems.

DEATH BY SHARK!
Producer Miranda Culley
Executive Producer Marian Macgowan
Writer Heidi Regan
Script Editor Steve Kaplan
Synopsis A young woman struggles to protect sharks from human prejudice but learns that being prejudiced makes more sense!

THE GREAT
Producers Marian Macgowan, Miranda Culley
Writer Tony McNamara
Director Gillian Armstrong
Synopsis For Catherine the Great of Russia, the big decisions of her youth plague her as her reign lengthens. Determined to sustain the ideas of the Enlightenment in the “Deadwood” world of 17th century Russia, Catherine champions the courageous choice over personal happiness despite the forces railed against her and her own demons. A faux historical comedy based on Tony McNamara's own standout play.

ORIGIN OF THE WORLD
Writer Sarah Walker
Director Rachel Ward
Synopsis A quintessential ice queen, living an unapologetically hedonistic existence, is forced to confront her choices and values by the unexpected arrival of the 18-year-old son she has never met.

THE RIGHT HAND
Producer Timothy White
Writer/Director Julius Avery
Script Editor John Collee
Synopsis A young man is sent to prison where he becomes the perfect apprentice to ‘public enemy number one’, beating him at his own game.

RING-IN
Executive Producer John Stainton
Writer/Director Chris Nyst
Synopsis The ‘story behind the story’ of the infamous 1984 Fine Cotton horse substitution scandal.

SAVE YOUR LEGS!
Producers Robyn Kershaw, Nick Batzias
Writer Brendan Cowell
Director Boyd Hicklin
Script Editor Louise Gough
Synopsis Edward ‘Teddy’ Brown lives for his suburban cricket club and his two best friends, Rick and Stavros. But when he realises that his beloved teammates are moving on and growing up, he’s forced to remind them of just how good cricket can be.

THE TURNING
Producer Robert Connolly
Directors including Cate Blanchett, Robert Connolly, Ashlee Page, Jonathan auf der Heide, Tony Ayres, Cate Shortland, Benedict Andrews, Claire McCarthy, Shaun Gladwell, Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham, Rhys Graham, Gideon Obarzanek, Stephen Page.
Synopsis Seventeen extraordinary Australian directors respond to the hauntingly beautiful collection of short stories by Tim Winton. Spanning 30 years, The Turning’s overlapping stories of second thoughts and mid-life regret are set in the brooding small-town world of coastal Western Australia.
 

SINGLE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT:
FEATURE MATCHED FUNDING


BLOOD IN THE STREETS
Writer/Director/Producer Michael Adante
Writer Luke Preston
Synopsis Being cops turned them into criminals.
 

SINGLE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT:
FEATURE TIME-CRITICAL OPTION

 

JULIAN CORKLE IS A FILTHY LIAR
Producers Marian Macgowan, Sarah Radclyffe
Writer Mark Herman
Synopsis A hilarious romp through family life and black-sheepedness in small town and then slightly larger town Tasmania in the 1980s. Based on the best-selling novel.

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