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2008-2009 Production funding

A HEARTBEAT AWAY
Pictures in Paradise Pty Ltd
Producer Chris Brown  
Writer Julie Kincade
Director Gale Edwards
Sales and Distribution Hoyts (Aus/NZ) and Lightning Entertainment (ROW)
Synopsis Kevin Flack – is obsessed with becoming a rock guitar legend - when his father is hit by a bus just four weeks before a major competition Kevin is forced to become the musical director of his fathers Brass band. Without his father’s knowledge Kevin decides to give the band a Rock & Roll make over.

ANIMAL KINGDOM
Porchlight Films Pty Ltd
Producer Liz Watts
Writer/Director David Michôd
Australian Distributor Madman
International Sales Maximum Sales, Showtime
Synopsis Animal Kingdom tells the story of 17-year-old Joshua ‘J’ Cody as he navigates his survival between an explosive criminal family and a cop who thinks he can save him.

BEING DEAD
See-Saw Films and Greenpoint Films
Executive Producer Iain Canning
Producers Emile Sherman, Patrick Cassavetti
Director Ray Lawrence
Writer Beatrix Christian. Based on the book by Jim Crace
Synopsis A haunting and tender account of a married couple found murdered in the dunes; how they got there, and what happens before they're found. Being Dead explores themes of love and family, life and death, how we live our lives and what we leave behind.

BENEATH HILL 60
The Silence Productions 
Producer Bill Leimbach
Writer David Roach
Director Jeremy Sims
Sales and Distribution Transmission, Intandem
Synopsis The gripping story of Australia’s secret silent war beneath the Western Front.

CHARLIE AND BOOTS
Instinct Entertainment
Producers Shana Levine, Dean Murphy, David Redman
Executive Producers Thomas Augsberger, Andrew Mackie, Richard Payten
Writers Stewart Faichney, Dean Murphy
Director Dean Murphy
Australian Distributor Transmission Films
International Sales Instinct Eden Rock International
Synopsis Boots McFarland and his estranged dad Charlie head off to Cape York Peninsula to drop a line off the northern most tip of Australia

GOING VERTICAL
BluSeas Management Pty Ltd
Producer
Robert Raymond
Directors Larry Keating, David Bradbury
Australian Distributor Odin's Eye
International Sales Odin's Eye
Synopsis For the last 40 years, surfers young and old the world over have been fed the one, unwavering story about the birth of the short board - that it was the American who first created it, when it was really the brainchild of Australian surfing legend and surfboard designer Bob McTavish, collaborating with American expat George Greenough. They were, amongst others, part of an infamous hardcore surfing crowd during the `summer of love of 1967, and the few important years that followed.

GRIFF THE INVISIBLE
Green Park Pictures Pty Ltd

Producer Nicole O'Donohue
Executive producers Scott Meek, Jan Chapman
Writer/director Leon Ford
Australian Distributor Transmission Films
International Sales Fortissimo Film Sales
Synopsis Griff is one of the countless white-collar workers who populate our cities. He answers phones everyday at his mundane shipping company job. His only real friend is his older brother Tim who visits every Thursday night to check in on Griff but mainly to talk about himself. Griff would rather be on his own. Invisible.

HERE I AM
Scarlett Pictures Pty Ltd
Producer
Kath Shelper
Writer/Director Beck Cole
Australian Distributor Footprint Films Pty Ltd
Synopsis Between guilt and forgiveness is the place between - the story of a women's journey home.

I LOVE YOU TOO
I Love You Too Pty Ltd
Executive Producer Greg Sitch
Producers Yael Bergman, Laura Waters
Writer/Co Producer Peter Hellier
Director Daina Reid
Synopsis When emotionally-stunted, commitment phobic Jim, doesn't have the words to tell his girlfriend Alice that he loves her, they break up when she mentions the word 'marriage'. Depressed, Jim meets Charlie, a dwarf, who is wise, funny, emotionally mature and an incredible love letter writer, and asks him to help him get Alice back. I Love You Too is a comedy with heart – a romantic buddy movie about the meaning of relationships, the importance of male friendship, and having the courage to pursue the one you love.

LOU
Big and Little Films Pty Ltd
Producers Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon, Tony Ayres, Belinda Chayko
Writer/Director Belinda Chayko
Synopsis A young girl finds love through a dangerous game with her Alzheimic grandfather.

LOVE AND MORTAR
Cascade Films Pty Ltd
Producers David Parker, Richard Keddie, Nadia Tass
Writers Lynne Renew and David Parker
Director Nadia Tass
Sales and Distribution Fox (Aust/NZ), Content (ROW)
Synopsis A woman struggles with her son's illness and her husband's infidelity, but, after a chance encounter with an Irish sailor and his son, her life is turned upside down in a love story that defies explanation and breaks all the rules.

MATCHING JACK (formerly Love & Mortar)
Love & Mortar Holdings Pty Ltd
Producers
David Parker, Richard Keddie, Nadia Tass
Director Nadia Tass
Writer Lynne Renew
Australian Distributor 20th Century Fox
International Sales Contentfilm International Ltd
Synopsis A woman struggles with her son's illness and her husband's infidelity, but, after a chance encounter with an Irish sailor and his son, her life is turned upside down in a love story that defies explanation and breaks all the rules.

MAD BASTARDS
Bush Turkey Films Pty Ltd
Executive Producer Martin Fabinyi
Consultant Producer David Jowsey
Producers Alan Pigram, Stephen Pigram
Director/Producer Brendan Fletcher
Sales and Distribution Mushroom Pictures, Hopscotch, Maximum
Synopsis Mad Bastards is a feature drama set on Australia’s last frontier – the vast and remote Kimberley region, WA. A raw, gutsy character film, it’s a meditation on violence, community and the living spirit of contemporary Aboriginal people of the Kimberley. It features performances and stories from real people in the Kimberley rather than actors, all weaved through the music of Broome legendary musicians The Pigram Brothers.

MISSING WATER
Imaginefly Pty Ltd
Producer/Writer/Director
Khoa Do
Synopsis Missing Water tells the story of four refugees fleeing Vietnam in 1980, but in a most unusual way. The present melds with the past as a quiet factory worker recalls the time she took to the sea in a creaky riverboat in search of a better life. But what she experienced on that journey haunts her still...

THE REEF
Prodigy Movies
Producer Michael Robertson
Writer/Director Andrew Traucki
Australian Distributor Polyphony Entertainment
International Sales Lightning Entertainment
Synopsis When their boat capsizes on the Great Barrier Reef, four friends swim for land, stalked by a Great White Shark.

ROAD TRAIN
Road Train Films Pty Ltd
Producer
Michael Robertson
Director Dean Francis
Writer Clive Hopkins
Australian Distributor Polyphony Entertainment Company Pty Ltd
Synopsis Four young friends on a camping adventure in outback Australia are run off the road by a road train. With their own vehicle wrecked, and the road train stopped, the friends march off to remonstrate with the drivers.  But mysteriously, there is no one to be found.

SWERVE
Duo Art Productions 
Producers Helen Leake, Kent Smith, Craig Lahiff
Writer/Director Craig Lahiff
Australian Distributor Kojo Pictures
International Sales Moviehouse Entertainment
Synopsis A fast-paced film noir set in the South Australian outback, in the hands of an experienced feature team. 

THREE BLIND MICE
Dirtyrat Films Pty Ltd
Producer
Ben Davis
Writer/Director Matthew Newton
Australian Distributor Odin's Eye Entertainment
Synopsis Three young Navy officers hit Sydney for one last night on land before being shipped over to the Gulf to fight.  Sam has been mistreated at sea and is going AWOL, Dean has a fiance and the future in-laws to meet, and Harry just loves playing cards.  Throughout the night the boys lose each other, find themselves and along the way discover courage, friendship and redemption.

TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN
Ambience Entertainment/Omnilab Media
Producer Andrew Mason
Executive producers Christopher Mapp, Matthew Street and David Whealy
Writer/Director Stuart Beattie
Australian Distributor Paramount Pictures
International Sales Paramount Pictures
Synopsis When their country is invaded and families taken, eight unlikely high school teenagers band together to fight.

THE TREE
Arbre Films Pty Ltd
Producers
Yael Fogel, Sue Taylor
Director Julie Bertuccelli
Writers Julie Bertuccelli, Elizabeth Mars
Australian Distributor Kojo Pictures
International Sales Momentum Film House
Synopsis After the sudden loss of her beloved father, ten year old Simone shares a secret belief with her mother, Dawn.  She's convinced his spirit lives amongst the high branches of their Moreton Bay Fig and he¿s come back from the dead to protect them.  But the new bond between mother and daughter, forged through mutual grief,  quickly turns to jealousy when Dawn starts a relationship with George, the plumber, brought in to remove the tree's troublesome roots.

UNINHABITED
Uninhabited Films Pty Ltd
Producers
Bill Bennett, Silvana Milat, Paul Quin
Writer/Director Bill Bennett
Australian Distributor Polyphony Entertainment Pty Ltd
International Sales SC Films International Limited
Synopsis A young couple goes to a remote and deserted coral island for a holiday. But their paradise becomes a nightmare when they discover that the island is not uninhabited after all.

VAN DIEMEN'S LAND
Noise and Light Pty Ltd
Producer
Maggie Miles
Director Jonathan Auf der Heide
Writers Jonathan Auf der Heide, Oscar Redding
Australian Distributor Madmen Entertainment Pty Ltd
International Sales Bavaria Film International
Synopsis Based on the true story of Alexander Pearce, Australia’s most notorious convict, whose confessions were so confronting and horrific they were not at first believed.

THE WEDDING PARTY (formerly KIN)
Kin Films
Producer
Nicole Minchin
Director Amanda Jane
Australian Distributor Arkles Entertainment Ltd
Synopsis The Wedding Party is a comedy about the Thompson Family, whose individual love lives range from deviant to delicious to downright desperate.  Up to his eyeballs in debt, the youngest son Steve agrees to marry a Russian girl for cash.  When his plans for a secret registry affair are discovered by his family, Steve finds himself at the centre of the world's most farcical wedding.  The only problem is, Steve is in love with someone else.

WOG BOY 2: KINGS OF MYKONOS
See-Saw Films Pty Ltd and G.O. Films Pty Ltd
Producers
Emile Sherman, Nick Giannopoulos
Executive producers Iain Canning, Andrew Penney
Co-producer Sally Ayre Smith
Director Peter Andrikidris
Writers Chris Anastassiades and Nick Giannopoulos
Australian Distributor Transmission Films, Paramount Pictures
International Sales Arclight Films International
Synopsis Steve ‘The Wog Boy’ Karamitsis inherits a beach on the resort island of Mykonos from an uncle he’s never met.

 

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