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2011-2012 production funding

100 BLOODY ACRES
Cyan Films Pty Ltd
Producers Julie Ryan, Kate Croser
Executive Producer Jonathan Page
Writer/Directors Colin Cairnes, Cameron Cairnes
Australian Distributor Hopscotch
International Sales The Works
Synopsis They’re not psycho killers... they’re small business operators.

ADORATION (formerly LOVERS AND SONS, THE GRANDMOTHERS)
Hopscotch Features, Ciné[email protected], Mon Voisin Productions, Gaumont, France 2 Cinéma
Producers Andrew Mason, Philippe Carcassonne, Michel Feller, Dominique Besnehard, Francis Boespflug
Writer Christopher Hampton
Director Anne Fontaine
Australian Distributor Hopscotch/eOne
International Sales Gaumont
Synopsis Nobel Prize for Literature winner Doris Lessing’s beautiful and heart-wrenching story of two lifelong friends who fall in love with each other’s teenage sons. The Grandmothers is an erotic tale of misguided love and a celebration of the enduring nature of female friendship.

A FEW BEST MEN
A Few Best Men Pty Ltd
Producers Todd Fellman, Gary Hamilton, Share Stallings, Laurence Malkin
Writer Dean Craig
Director Stephan Elliott
Australian Distributor Icon
International Sales Arclight
Synopsis When an English groom travels to the outback to marry his Australian bride, the combination of his three outrageous best men and his fiancée’s bourgeois family make for a wedding that is as funny as it is disastrous.

ALL THIS MAYHEM (formerly THE PAPPAS BROTHERS)
Pank & Martin
Producers George Pank, Eddie Martin, James Gay-Rees
Executive Producers Jude Troy, Rachel Okine, Paul McGowan
Director Eddie Martin
Editor Chris King
Australian Distributor Hopscotch/eOne
International Sales eOne, Cinetic
Synopsis Blood may be thicker than water but in the case of Tas and Ben Pappas who rose from the western suburbs of Melbourne to become the #1 and #2 skateboarders in the world, it was not sufficient to prevent both brothers from falling into a drug-fuelled spiral to hell from which only one returns.

THE BABADOOK
Causeway Films Pty Ltd
Producers Kristina Ceyton, Kristian Moliere
Executive Producers Jonathan Page, Michael Tear, Jeff Harrison
Writer/director Jennifer Kent
Cast Essie Davis
Australian Distributor Umbrella Entertainment
International Sales eOne Entertainment
Synopsis A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

DEAD EUROPE
See Saw Films Pty Ltd
Producers Emile Sherman, Iain Canning
Writer Louise Fox
Director Tony Krawitz
Australian Distributor Transmission Films
International Sales Cross City Sales
Synopsis Isaac, a late 20s Greek Australian, spirals out of control when he’s forced to confront his own family’s cursed legacy on his first trip to Europe – with the continent’s haunted past and troubled present pressing in on him.

GALORE
Film Camp Pty Ltd
Producer Philippa Campey
Executive Producers Sue Murray, Victoria Treole
Writer/director Rhys Graham
Australian Distributor Hopscotch
International Sales eOne Entertainment
Synopsis Billie and Laura, two reckless teenage best friends, share everything, except for Billie’s biggest secret; she’s crazy in love with Laura’s boyfriend.

KATH & KIMDERELLA (formerly THE KATH AND KIM FILM)
Riley Turner Productions Pty Ltd
Producers Rick McKenna, Jane Turner, Gina Riley
Writers Jane Turner, Gina Riley
Director Ted Emery
Australian Distributor Royalty & Distribution Services/Roadshow
International Sales Royalty & Distribution Services
Synopsis A Fountain Lakes Fairytale. Kath and Kim’s whirlwind trip OS becomes a vajazzling tale of love, lust and revolution… What’s not to like?

LAST DANCE
Ulah Pty Ltd
Producer Antony I. Ginnane
Writers Terence Hammond, David Pulbrook
Director David Pulbrook
Australian Distributor Becker Film Group
International Sales Highpoint Media Group
Synopsis Last Dance is a taut human story, torn from today’s headlines but touching on themes as old as the human condition itself – faith, freedom, love, loss and hope.

THE MULE
The Mule Development Co.
Producer Paul Clarke
Writer/Co-producers Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson
Executive Producer Bruce Kane
Director Tony Mahony
Australian Distributor Hopscotch
International Sales eOne
Synopsis Ray Jenkins, an unlikely drug mule from Sunshine, Victoria, takes on all the authority figures in his life using the only option within his control – holding on!

NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN (formerly THE 20-SOMETHING SURVIVAL GUIDE)
Eddie Wong Films Pty Ltd
Producer Jodi Matterson
Executive Producers Bruna Papandrea, Simon Bosanquet, Mark Huffam
Writer Michael Lucas
Director Peter Templeman
Australian Distributor Icon
International Sales Marble Hill/SC Films International
Synopsis A freewheeling 20-something guy learns he will be infertile in a month, so he has to find someone to conceive with before it's too late.

PATRICK
FG Film Productions (Australia) Pty Ltd in association with Rising Sun Pictures
Producer Antony I Ginnane
Writer Justin King
Director Mark Hartley
Australian Distributor Umbrella Entertainment
International Sales Bankside Films
Synopsis For three years Patrick has been lying mute and immobile, a patient in Dr Roget’s clinic for the comatose. Dr Roget has been discharging increasingly large doses of electricity into Patrick’s brain, hoping for a sign of brain function. When young nurse Kathy starts working at the clinic, Patrick figures out how to utilise all that pent up power with deadly effect. A reimagining of Richard Franklin’s 1970s chiller.

THE RAILWAY MAN
Archer Street and Pictures in Paradise
Producers Andy Paterson, Chris Brown
Writers Frank Cottrell Boyce, Andy Paterson
Director Jonathan Teplitzky
Australian Distributor Transmission/Paramount
International Sales Lionsgate International
Synopsis An extraordinary true story of heroism, inhumanity and the redeeming power of love based on Eric Lomax’s best-selling account of confronting his WWII torturer 30 years on, starring Oscar®-award winning actor Colin Firth.

THE ROCKET
Red Lamp Films
Producer Sylvia Wilczynski
Executive Producer Bridget Ikin
Writer/Director Kim Mordaunt
Australian Distributor Curious Films
International Sales Memento Films International
Synopsis A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and a couple of ragged misfits through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey, to prove he’s not cursed he builds a giant rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.

THE SAPPHIRES
Goalpost Pictures
Producers Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne
Executive Producers Ben Grant, Tristan Whalley
Writers Tony Briggs, Keith Thompson
Director Wayne Blair
Australian Distributor Hopscotch Films
International Sales Goalpost Film/Quickfire Film,
Synopsis Gail, Cynthia, Julie and Kay are sexy, black, young and talented – and they’ve never set foot outside Australia. Until, in the chaos of 1968, they’re plucked from the obscurity of a remote Aboriginal mission, branded as Australia’s answer to The Supremes, and – grasping the chance of a lifetime – dropped into the jungles of Vietnam to entertain the troops. Inspired by the hit stage-play of the same name.

SAVE YOUR LEGS
Save Your Legs
Producers Robyn Kershaw, Nick Batzias
Writers Brendan Cowell
Director Boyd Hicklin
International Sales Protagonist Pictures
Australian Distributor Madman Entertainment
Synopsis When cricket obsessed Teddy Brown realises his best mates are growing up and moving on, he grasps at a boyhood dream and leads his mates and their D-Grade team on an audacious tour of India where stumps fly, friendships fray and Ted learns that it’s time to start playing shots for himself.

STORM SURFERS 3D
6ixty Foot Productions in association with Firelight Productions
Producers
Ellenor Cox, Marcus Gillezeau
Writer Chris Nelius
Directors Chris Nelius, Justin McMillan
Australian Distributor Madman
International Sales RedBull Media House & 6ixty Foot Productions
Synopsis Storm Surfers 3D follows the story of big wave Australian surfers Ross Clarke-Jones and two-time surfing world champion Tom Carroll, as they work with surf forecaster Ben Matson to track massive Australian weather systems, hunt down big waves and surf the most dangerous breaks of their careers.

THESE FINAL HOURS
8th In Line Pty Ltd
Producer Liz Kearney
Executive Producer Robert Connolly
Writer/Director Zak Hilditch
Australian Distributor Footprint Films
International Sales Maze Film Sales, Celluloid Nightmares, XYZ
Synopsis A self-obsessed young man makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth, but ends up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father. Their relationship ultimately leads him on the path to redemption

TRACKS 
See-Saw Productions Pty Ltd 
Producers Emile Sherman, Iain Canning 
Co-Producer Julie Ryan 
Writer Based on the current draft written by John Curran 
Director John Curran 
Australian Distributor Transmission 
International Sales Hanway Films, Cross City Sales
Synopsis The inspirational true story of Robyn Davidson's solo camel trek through the harsh centre of Australia, aided only by her faithful canine companion Diggity and the National Geographic photographer who chronicled this epic modern adventure.

THE TURNING
Arenamedia Pty Ltd
Producer
 Robert Connolly 
Co-Producer Maggie Miles
Executive Producers Andrew Myer, Paul Wiegard
Directors Benedict Andrews, Jonathan auf der Heide, Tony Ayres, Cate Blanchett, Robert Connolly, Shaun Gladwell, Rhys Graham, Justin Kurzel, Ian Meadows, Yaron Lifschitz, Claire McCarthy, Ashlee Page, Stephen Page, Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham
Australian Distributor Footprint Films
International Sales Maze Film Sales, LevelK ApS Film Sales
Synopsis A diverse range of Australian directors each create a chapter of this hauntingly beautiful novel by Tim Winton. The linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points in ordinary people’s lives. As characters face second thoughts and mid-life regret, relationships irretrievably alter, resolves are made or broken and lives change direction forever.

 

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