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2016-17 Production funding

Feature Production

SWEET COUNTRY
Retroflex Lateral Pty Ltd
Producers
Greer Simpkin, David Jowsey
Director Warwick Thornton
Writer Steven McGregor, David Tranter
Australian Distributor Transmission
International Sales Memento
Synopsis A period western set on the Northern Territory frontier where justice itself is put on trial.

TV Drama Production

MYSTERY ROAD: THE SERIES
6 x 57 mins
Bunya Productions Pty Ltd
Genre Drama
Producers David Jowsey, Greer Simpkin
Executive Producers  Ivan Sen, Sally Riley and Kym Goldsworthy
Director Rachel Perkins 
Writers Michaeley O’Brien, Steven McGregor, Kodie Bedford, Jon Bell and Tim Lee
Platform ABC TV
Synopsis Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) is assigned to investigate the mysterious disappearance of two young Jackaroos on an outback cattle station. Working with local cop Emma James (Judy Davis), Jay’s investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community.

Pitch shorts black initiative

BLIGHT
13 mins
Factor 30 Films Pty Ltd
Genre
Western, supernatural
Producers Melissa Kelly, Ryan Hodgson
Director Perun Bonser
Synopsis The tables are turned on an Aboriginal tracker who is then pursued by the criminal she was sent to kill.

BROWN LIPS
13 mins
Noble Savage Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama
Producer Majhid Heath
Director / Writer Nakkiah Lui
Synopsis Two cousins from Sydney’s outer suburbs decide that the only way to feel loved is to turn their backs on their family for good, causing a family to implode, and two lives to be changed forever.

LAST DRINK AT FRIDA’S
10 mins
Magpie Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama
Producers Kodie Bedford, Lois Randall
Director Bjorn Stewart
Writer Kodie Bedford
Synopsis A lonely jazz singer and a troubled black soldier find solace in an underground speak easy, where the rules of the outside world don’t apply.

WARD ONE
12 mins
Since 1788 Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama
Producer Tanith Glynn-Maloney
Director / Writer Dylan River
Synopsis An Old Fella teaches a Young Fella there are more ways than one to heal the spirit.

WATER
10 mins
Mravicic Films Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama, Indigenous apocalyptic
Producer Belinda Mravicic
Director / Writer John Harvey
Synopsis Set in 2038, 250 years since the invasion of Australia, a pregnant woman seeks hope for life in an arid, apocalyptic frontier.

Black Space Initiative

ZERO POINT
4 x 4 mins
Undergrowth Pty Ltd
Genre
Animation
Producers Timothy Parish, Meredith Garlick
Director John Saunders
Writers John Saunders, Philip Denson
Synopsis A young Indigenous superhero working for the Government uncovers a vast conspiracy regarding the disturbing reality behind the superhero program and its connection with the mysterious death of his father.

A CHANCE AFFAIR
5 x 5 mins
Noble Savage Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre
Romantic comedy, musical
Producers Majhid Heath
Writer Stephen Oliver (creator)
Synopsis When Chance declares his love for his best mate Geoff, he discovers that true love can only be found by being truthful to himself

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