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2017-18 Development funding

FEATURE DEVELOPMENT

GINDERELLA
Kalori Productions
Genre 
Drama
Producer Gillian MoodyDavid Jowsey, Greer Simpkin
Director / Writer Adrian Russell Wills
Synopsis Ginderella is a dangerous love story.

YARRABAH
Yarrabah Films
Genre 
Drama, Musical, Comedy
Producers Ian Ludwick, Tim Sanders
Writers Kodie Bedford, Ross Grayson Bell (script editor)
Synopsis The revival of Australia's first ever Aboriginal Brass Band brings healing and hope to a divided community.

CARNAGE
Tamarind Tree Pictures 
Genre 
Drama 
Producer David Jowsey
Director / Writer Steven McGregor
Synopsis Set in Darwin, Carnage is a contemporary retelling of Charles Dickens’, “A Christmas Carol” as 3 ghosts representing the past, present and future take Jason on a journey through his life, the good times and the bad, and show him the moments in his life that have led to him to become the man he swore he’d never become.

SPECIAL INITIATIVE - SHOCK TREATMENT

DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS
Genre 
Horror, Comedy 
Director/Writer Joshua Sambono 
Synopsis At a caravan park in rural Australia, a disillusioned park ranger must protect the tourists he hates when they are attacked by drop bears.

FOE
Genre 
Horror 
Writer Liam Phillips 
Synopsis A woman plagued by sleepwalking episodes discovers that her slumbering body seems to have a sinister agenda of its own, plunging her into a ruthless battle for her own agency - and sanity.

KILLER NATIVE
Genre 
Horror, Comedy 
Director/Writer Bjorn Stewart 
Synopsis The ownership of land comes at a price.

SCOUT
Genre Horror
Director/Writer Kodie Bedford
Synopsis A kidnapped Aboriginal woman must find a way to escape her captors before her time runs out.

THE SHORE
Genre 
Horror 
Writer Perun Bonser 
Synopsis A young girl is forced to protect her injured father when a supernatural force attacks their isolated cottage.

VALE LIGHT
Genre 
Horror 
Writer Rob Braslin 
Synopsis A young mother battles a dangerous witch who wants to take her daughter from her.

GOT YA…GOT YA…NOW I’M GONNA KILL YA
Genre 
Horror 
Writer Simone Darwina Saunders  
Synopsis Beware child molesters.

SPECIAL INITIATIVE - SHORT BLACKS

SHED
Chantelle Murray 
Genre
 Drama
Producer Dena Curtis
Director / Writer Chantelle Murray
Synopsis A historical outback drama about a forgotten soul, Mary, a young Aboriginal girl who is enslaved on a cattle station in western Queensland and used by the stock men for their pleasure.

CLOSED DOORS 
Djalihouse Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama
Producer / Director / Writer Hunter Page-Lochard, Carter Simpkin
Synopsis A modern couple carelessly drive down a dirt road in the middle of the bush, their paranoia force the car to peel off the road. They decide to ditch the car and keep on moving, leading them into the surrounding bush. Tracking through the darkness of the bush, they must overcome the natural obstacles nature presents in order to break through. Once through and onto a clearing they arrive at an eerie old Federation home with two home owners that give off a threatening vibe. Once inside they reach for their goal and are given a final challenge before they can make their decision. 

ALL THAT GLITTERS 
Brindle Films PTY LTD
Genre
 Drama, Coming of Age
Producer Brindle Films Pty Ltd
Director / Writer Viviana Petyarre
Synopsis Another pay has been humbugged out of him, leaving Wenye, a young council worker on a remote Central Australian community, only a chunk of stale damper for supper. Inspired by a dream, he leaves for the city in search of material comforts only to find that perhaps his home country had more to offer than previously realised.

FATHER JERICHO
Noble Savage Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre 
Thriller
Executive Producers Majhid Heath, Ross Grayson-Bell
Producer Hayley Johnson
Director / Writer Shane Salvador
Synopsis Father Jericho is a 10-minute revenge thriller about an Aboriginal man of god with a heart breaking past.

ELDERS
Typecast Pty Ltd
Genre Family, Drama
Producer Damienne Pradier
Director Tony Briggs
Writer Tracey Rigney
Synopsis Two Elders feel that their grandson is old enough to start learning vitally important lessons that will equip him with the necessary tools to maintain the future survival of his culture. His classroom is the expansive country of his ancestors. But is he ready for the challenge that is placed before him, and will he know what to do when the time comes?

BETWEEN TWO LINES
No Coincidence Media
Genre
 Drama
Producer Mitchell Stanley 
Director / Writer Jack Steele
Synopsis When two First World War enemy soldiers become stranded in No Man’s land, an unlikely bond is formed. Will they still be able to pull the trigger if the time came? Or will their bond be the very thing to save their lives?

TIES THAT BIND 
Third Impact Films 
Genre 
Drama, Family, Thriller
Director / Writer Michael Hudson
Synopsis Ties That Bind opens with Thomas, a sensitive mixed-race Indigenous teen, who is being escorted home by police after an altercation which left him visibly injured. When he arrives, Thomas is confronted by his abusive and domineering mother Marlene, who discovers that he didn't fight back. As a form of punishment and a means to “man him up” she forces him to chop down a dead tree in the backyard. Punishment turns into reflection as Thomas questions his life and confronts his past which leads him to make a life changing decision.

DOUG THE HUMAN 
Ramu Productions Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama, Comedy
Producer Jodie Bell
Director / Writer Gary Hamaguchi
Synopsis A man wakes up on an isolated beach; he doesn’t know how he got there. On the beach is a Black female mannequin. The mannequin is an avatar used by an alien to communicate with the man.

TV DEVELOPMENT

FIGHTING GAME (working title)
5 x 12mins
FremantleMedia
Genre 
Drama
Executive Producer Jo Porter
Director / Writer Darlene Johnson
Synopsis A drama centring around an Aboriginal-run juvenile rehabilitative boxing program and the lives of the people who frequent it.

THE SYDNEY PROJECT (working title)
4 x 60mins
Blackfella Films
Genre 
Drama, History
Producers Darren Dale, Miranda Dear
Director Rachel Perkins
Writers Kim Scott
Synopsis An epic drama series that chronicles the birth of a new nation and the collision of two worlds, for the first time told from the Eora perspective.

YELLOW WATER BILLABONG
15 x 12mins 
Tamarind Tree Pictures 
Genre 
Comedy, Animation, Childrens 
Producers Danielle MacLean, Anna Grieve, Alicia Rackett, John Thomson (Story Producer)   
Writers Danielle MacLean, Steven McGregor, Marie Munkara
Synopsis Tommy (11) and his younger sister, Kenisha (8) live on Yellow Water Billabong in Kakadu National Park. This is their country and they have special affinity and obligation to the land and animals here. Together they navigate life around the wetlands that are home to a cantankerous crocodile, bad-tempered water buffalo and some very boastful brolgas - and that’s only counting the animals.  Throw a Mimi and Yawk Yawk into the mix and you are going to get all kinds of mischief.

BB
6 x 60mins 
Blackfella Films 
Genre 
Drama 
Producers Darren Dale, Miranda Dear
Executive Producer Rachel Griffiths 
Director Rachel Perkins 
Writers Jada Alberts, Angela Betzien, P{ip Karmel, Stuart Page 
Synopsis A high stakes political drama pitting a rising Politian against the party leadership.

PREPPERS
6 x 30mins 
Porchlight Films 
Genre 
Comedy, Drama 
Producers Liz Watts, Sylvia Warmer 
Writers Nakkiah Lui, Gabriel Dowrick  
Synopsis Preppers is a narrative comedy TV series about a group of mismatched ‘preppers’ in Australia planning for the apocalypse.

ONLINE Development

BUSH TUCKER BUNJIE DOES GOLD COAST
Jetzak Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Drama
Producer E.J. Garrett
Director Benjamin Southwell
Writers Gabriel Willie, Benjamin Southwell (co-writer)
Synopsis The misadventures of the Bush Tucker Bunjie on the sunny Gold Coast.

Documentary Development

WINMAR
90 mins
Essential Media and Entertainment
Genre 
History and national identity, Social contemporary
Executive Producer David Alrich
Director / Writer Larissa Behrendt
Synopsis Twenty-five years since AFL legend Nicky Winmar lifted his shirt and declared he’s ‘black and proud’ is a moment to reflect on the most iconic image in Australian sport and contemplate what’s changed, what hasn’t, and what Winmar’s act of self-determination means to a new generation of Aboriginal young people.

TRANSBLACK (working title)
4 x 10mins 
No Coincidence Media  
Producer 
Mitchell Stanley  
Director / Writer Charmaine Ingram
Broadcaster ABC   
Synopsis Following the day-to-day lives of four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island transgender men and women; this is the story of how four inspirational and courageous people have changed the perceptions of themselves and those closest to them.

SPECIAL INITIATIVE - STATE OF ALARM

BURNING COUNTRY
60mins
Garuwa Creative  
Producer Kieran Satour 
Executive Producer Pauline Clague
Director Genevieve Grieves 
Writers Genevieve Grieves, Kieran Satour  

FORGOTTEN VOICES (working title)
55mins
Director / Writer Daniel King 

GUARDIANS OF THE COUNTRY
30mins
Ramu Productions Pty Ltd   
Producer Jodie Bell 
Director Bessy-May Taylor 
Writer Gary Hamaguchi  

NO FRACKING WAY
5 x 5mins
CAAMA Productions Pty Ltd 
Producer Viviana Petyarre 
Director Writer Levina Letchford 

POINT OF NO RETURN
5 x 7mins
Jarndoo Media  
Producer Luke Riches 
Executive Producer Dan Brown  
Director Daniel Riches 
Writer Luke Riches  

SHARK DREAMING
25mins
Side Tracked TV Multimedia Productions 
Director Writer Ashley Gibb 

SILENT KILLER OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF 
25mins
Whitelight Film and Video Productions Pty Ltd
Producer 
Ian Ludwick
Executive Producer Tony Gordon
Director Chantelle Murray
Writer Ian Ludwick

THE ABORIGINAL CARBON FUND
25mins
Lyndsay Urquhart (sole trader)
Producer Lyndsay Urquhart
Executive Producer Rowan Foley 
Director / Writer Lyndsay Urquhart

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