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2012-2013 Production funding

AIM HIGH IN CREATION
Unicorn Films
Producer Lizzette Atkins
Writer/Director Anna Broinowski
Australian Distributor Antidote Films
International Sales High Point Media Group
Synopsis A revolutionary film about the cinematic genius of Kim Jong-il with a groundbreaking experiment at its heart: the making of a film-within-a-film, based on the rules of his manifesto The Cinema and Directing. No Western filmmaker has ever done this before – for good reason!

AROUND THE BLOCK
Around The Block Pty Ltd
Producers
Brian Rosen, Sarah Spillane
Writer/director Sarah Spillane
Australian Distributor Green Light Films
International Sales Arclight Films International
Synopsis A contemporary story of love, revenge, and triumph. When a young indigenous boy becomes torn between his unexpected love for acting and the disintegration of his family he has to confront his past, challenges the present and finally determine his own destiny.

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.

BACKTRACK
See Pictures Pty Ltd
Producers Jamie Hilton, Antonia Barnard
Writer/Director Michael Petroni
Australian Distributor Madman Entertainment
International Sales Bankside
Synopsis Psychologist Peter Bowers’ life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that his patients are the ghosts of people who all died in an accident 20 years previously. Afraid of losing his mind, Peter returns to his home town where he uncovers a terrifying truth which only he can put right. Backtrack is a spine-chilling supernatural thriller in the vein of The Sixth Sense and What Lies Beneath.

BURNING MAN
Meercat Films Pty Ltd

Producer Andy Paterson
Writer/director Jonathan Teplitzsky
Australian Distributor Transmission Films
International Sales Filmbox
Synopsis The shocking, irreverent, romantic and ultimately tear-jerkingly beautiful story of a father and son's struggle to deal with the unimaginable.

CHARLIE’S COUNTRY
Vertigo Productions Pty Ltd
Producers Nils Erik Nielsen, Peter Djigirr
Writer/Director Rolf de Heer
Australian Distributor Hopscotch
International Sales Fandango Portobello
Cast David Gulpilil
Synopsis Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil collaborate to create a tragi-comic portrait of Charlie’s struggle to understand how he should define himself as an Aboriginal in modern Australia.

CUT SNAKE
Matchbox Pictures
Producers Michael McMahon, Trevor Blainey
Writer Blake Ayshford
Director Tony Ayres
Australian Distributor Hopscotch eOne Films
International Sales eOne Entertainment
Synopsis ‘Sparra’ Farrell has left his secret prison past behind, with a new fiancée and a new life. But he finds it’s a door that is never closed when his newly released cell mate turns up with other ideas.

FELL
Felix Media Pty Ltd
Producers John Maynard, Mary Minas
Executive Producer Bridget Ikin
Story by Kasimir Burgess, Natasha Pincus
Writer Natasha Pincus
Director Kasimir Burgess
Australian Distributor Footprint Films
International Sales Maze Film Sales, The Yellow Affair
Synopsis Set in the primal darkness of the forest, Fell is a fable of revenge, redemption and renewal.

FELONY
Goalpost Pictures Australia and Blue Tongue Films
Producers Rosemary Blight, Joel Edgerton
Writer Joel Edgerton
Director Matthew Saville
Australian Distributor Roadshow Films
International Sales The Solution
Synopsis Three male detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident which leaves a small child in a coma. One is guilty; one will try to cover it, and the other attempt to expose it. The crime sends the three men on a thrilling ride where they discover that the road to forgiveness is longer and more complex than that of a simple social justice.

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.

HEALING
Pointblank Pictures Pty Ltd
Producers Craig Monahan, Tait Brady
Writers Craig Monahan, Alison Nisselle
Director Craig Monahan
Australian Distributor Pinnacle
International Sales Lightning/Richard Guardian
Synopsis Healing is a moving story of redemption, the discovery of hope and its healing of the spirit – in the most unlikely place, for the most unique men, through the most unusual catalyst.

KILL ME THREE TIMES
KM3T Pty Ltd
Producers Tania Chambers, Laurence Malkin, Share Stallings
Executive Producer Jack Drewe
Writer James McFarland
Director Kriv Stenders
Australian Distributor Hopscotch eOne Films
International Sales Cargo Entertainment Ltd, William Morris Endeavor (WME)
Synopsis In a sun-drenched Australian surfing town, a young woman is the thread that binds three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge.

MY MISTRESS
Mini Studios
Producer Leanne Tonkes
Executive Producer Robyn Kershaw
Writer Gerard Lee
Director Stephen Lance
Australian Distributor Transmission Films with RKPix
International Sales LevelK
Synopsis What starts as a beautiful and strangely innocent affair between a vulnerable teenage romantic and a French S&M mistress, soon becomes more dangerous in My Mistress, an unconventional and provocative love story.

NOW ADD HONEY
Gristmill Pty Ltd
Producers Wayne Hope, Robyn Butler, Louisa Kors
Executive Producers Greg Sitch, Geoff Porz, Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope
Writer Robyn Butler
Director Wayne Hope
Australian Distributor Roadshow Films
International Sales Lightning Entertainment Group
Synopsis Normal life implodes for a suburban family when their popstar cousin comes to stay.

RUIN (formerly OM TUK)
Flood Projects
Producers Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody
Writers Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody
Directors Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody
Australian Distributor Madman Entertainment
International Sales XYZ
Synopsis A fable of violence and love in modern-day Cambodia.

PAPER PLANES
Arenamedia Pty Ltd
Producers Robert Connolly, Maggie Miles, Liz Kearney
Writers Robert Connolly, Steve Worland
Director Robert Connolly
Australian Distributor Footprint Films
International Sales Arclight Films
Synopsis Young Dylan, from a small outback town, dreams of competing in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.

PARTISAN
Warp Films Australia Pty Ltd
Producers Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw
Director Ariel Kleiman
Writers Ariel Kleiman, Sarah Cyngler
Australian Distributor Madman Entertainment
International Sales Protagonist Pictures
Synopsis A confronting tale about Alexander who, raised to see the world through Gregori’s eyes, is starting to think for himself.

PATRICK
FG Film Productions (Australia) Pty Ltd in association with Rising Sun Pictures
Producer Antony I Ginnane
Writer Justin King
Director Mark Hartley
International Sales Bankside Films
Australian Distributor Umbrella Entertainment
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.

PREDESTINATION
Wolfhound Pictures, Blacklab Entertainment
Producers Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan
Writer/Directors Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Australian Distributor Pinnacle Films
International Sales Arclight Films
Synopsis Chronicles the life of a temporal agent who on his final assignment must recruit his younger self, while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

THE ROVER
Porchlight Films Pty Ltd in association with Lava Bear Films LLC
Producers Liz Watts, David Linde, David Michôd
Writer/Director David Michôd
Australian Distributor Village Roadshow
International Sales FilmNation
Synopsis The Australian desert in a dangerous and damaged near future. Eric has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him. And then he has his last possession stolen by a gang of dangerous criminals. Eric sets off on a ruthless mission to track them down, forced along the way to enlist the help of Rey, the naïve and injured junior member of the gang, who was left behind in the bloody chaos of the gang’s most recent robbery. 

SON OF A GUN
Southern Light Films Pty Ltd
Producer Timothy White
Co-producer Janelle Landers
Executive Producers Aaron L Gilbert, John Collee, Bryce Menzies, Aidan O’Bryan
Writer/Director Julius Avery
Australian Distributor Hopscotch
International Sales Altitude Films, United Talent Agency (UTA)
Synopsis A young man is sent to prison where he becomes the apprentice to public enemy number one.

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 
International Sales Hanway Films, Cross City Sales 
Australian Distributor Transmission 
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.

WOLF CREEK 2
Emu Creek Pictures Pty Ltd
Producer/Writer/Director Greg McLean
Producers Helen Leake, Steve Topic
Writer Aaron Sterns
Australian Distributor Roadshow Films
International Sales Arclight Films
Synopsis The outback once again becomes a place of mind-bending horror, action and suspense as another unwitting backpacker becomes prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-shooter, Mick Taylor.

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