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2011 features summary

MarCH - APRIL 2011

B MODEL
Producers Rachel Griffiths, Louise Smith
Writer Samantha Strauss
Director Rachel Griffiths
Synopsis A young Australian girl gets swept up into the chaotic, exciting world of high fashion modelling. Sydney, Tokyo, London and New York. An innocent in a sex-soaked business, she is seeking love and validation, but isn’t sure what either looks like. As her crazy life begins to feel normal, she finds herself far from proud. But through her mistakes and friendships she discovers the strength she needs to be true in a false world.

CANTERBURY TALES
Producer Damien Parer
Executive Producer James Michael Vernon
Writer Alexa Wyatt
Synopsis Mr Chaucer, a beautiful princess and the 10-year-old heir to the throne of England embark on a romantic adventure that will inspire The Canterbury Tales.

DRIFT
Producers Tim Duffy, Michele Bennett, Myles Pollard
Writer Morgan O’Neill
Directors Morgan O’Neill, Ben Nott
Script Editor David Roach
Synopsis It’s 1972 and after escaping their brutal past, the Fisher brothers start a new life in a remote Australian coastal town. Now they must battle suspicious locals, killer waves and ruthless bikers as they struggle to kick-start a business from their greatest passion – surfing.

FIVE SPICE
Producer Bryan Brown
Writer/Director Gregor Jordan
Script Consultant Michael Hauge
Synopsis A love story between Lili, a purist chef from Shanghai, and Luke, the son of a billionaire who is in China setting up a frozen Chinese meal business.

THE FORTUNES OF RICHARD MAHONEY
Producer Sue Milliken
Executive Producers Zelda Rosenbaum, Oscar Whitbread
Writers Chris Anastassiades, Andy Cox
Director Bruce Beresford
Synopsis When restless romantic Polly Turnham marries debonair doctor Richard Mahoney she believes a bright future is before her, but soon begins to realise she may have fallen in love with the one man who will hold her back.

JUNGLE
Producers Chris Brown, Emile Sherman
Writers Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig, Justin Monjo
Directors Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Synopsis A young Australian gets lost in the Bolivian jungle. When his two companions die he is forced to survive on his own. Based on the stirring true story of Yossi Ghinsberg.

KING OF THIEVES
Producer Ian Collie
Writers Adam Shand, Andrew Knight
Synopsis In 1788, Britain sent its thieves and low-lifes to the colony of Australia. Two hundred years later they are returning home. The true story of the infamous Kangaroo Gang.

LENI RIEFENSTAHL
Producer Eva Orner
Writer/Director Elissa Down
Synopsis Leni Riefenstahl – Nazi propagandist or apolitical artist?

THE MAKE-UP GIRL
Producer Su Armstrong
Writer Eleanor Smagarinsky
Script Editor Sheridan Jobbins
Synopsis Faith is a single make-up girl and beauty blogger whose wonderful fake boyfriend keeps her mum off her back. When her younger sister returns home to get married, Faith has to find a real version of Mr Perfect, fast. Frank is Faith’s repulsive and reclusive neighbour. As Frank hijacks her fantasy life, Faith falls in love with him and finally learns that true love can never be made up. Based on the novel by Andrea Semple.

RENEGADE
Writer Shirley Pierce
Synopsis A lonely teen from Western Australia rises above the bullying of his youth to pursue his passion for urban, high octane country dancing and becomes a Triple Dance Champion of the World. Based on the inspiring true story.

SEA GYPSY
Producer Trevor Blainey
Writer Mick Connolly
Script Consultant Steve Kaplan
Synopsis Tom and his mates are happily divorced and free to drink all the booze, sleep around and do as much therapy as they please. When Tom decides to go sailing solo around the world his mates try to stop him, but Tom proves unstoppable so the guys decide to hijack the trip and go along with him. However, on the eve of their departure Tom meets a woman and against his better judgement, falls in love again.

SIMPSON
Producer Danny Mackay
Executive Producer Matt Carroll
Writer Sam Meikle
Director Peter Andrikidis
Synopsis A courageous young man, a steadfast donkey and the ANZAC legend is born... Simpson, the story of Pvt John Simpson Kirkpatrick.

TRACKS
Producer Emile Sherman
Writer Marion Nelson
Director John Curran
Synopsis One woman’s journey through the desert.  A universal story of discovery and survival, based on the acclaimed novel by Robyn Davidson.

VENETIAN WEDDING
Producer Deborah Balderstone
Writer/Director Peter Duncan
Synopsis A comedy about Adele, a plain girl from a wealthy family trying to live up to the pressures her mother places on her to find a suitable husband. When she meets Max and discovers he is a prince of a long forgotten kingdom, both mother and daughter refuse to let anything stand in the way of the perfect fairytale wedding – including his sexuality.

 

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