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2017-2018 Production funding

Online production

SPECIAL INITIATIVE – STRAIGHT OUT OF THE STRAITS

DINGHY GIRLS
4 x 5mins
Genre Drama 
Producer Aaron Fa’Aoso, Sylvia Tabua (associate producer)
Director Shanice Nona Tabau, David Batty (mentor director) 
Writers Shanice Nona Tabau, Aaron Fa'Aoso, Sylvia Tabua  
Synopsis Dinghy Girls will follow Shanice and her two friends Cienni and Jenna as they set out on an island adventure with Shanice's new toy, a 12 foot tinny her grandfather gave her for her 18th birthday.

YATHA PATHAYK
4 x 5mins
Genre Documentary 
Producer Aaron Fa’Aoso
Director / Writer Jimi Bani 
Synopsis Yatha Pathayk follows 15 year old Dmitri Ahwang on his coming-of-age journey on Mabuyag Island in the Torres Straits, where he is directly in line to be tribal chief of his community.

SPECIAL INITIATIVE – BLACK SPACE

ANCHORING MOB
5 x 5 mins
Wild Shak Pty Ltd
Genre
 Comedy 
Producer / Writer Shakara Walley
Director Kelli Cross
Synopsis Bringing the news with a lot of blackfulla razzle dazzle, tune into the daily news update from the Anchoring Mob, your friendly (slightly incompetent) local news team!

KUTCHA'S CARPOOL KOORIOKE
4 x 4mins
Brown Cabs & Tamarind Tree Pictures
Genre
 Comedy 
Producers John Harvey, Anna Grieve, Danielle MacLean 
Director / Writer John Harvey
Synopsis Cruise the dirty mile of Fitzroy with Mutti Mutti singer and songwriter Kutcha Edwards as he drives his young mob and his old mates to places they need to go, it’s a chance for a song and a yarn and passing on a bit of the real history.

documentary production

SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED (WORKING TITLE)
1 x 52mins
Since1788 Productions
Producers 
Tanith Glynn-Maloney, Erica Glynn (co-producer)
Director / Writer Erica Glynn 
Broadcaster 
NITV
Synopsis She Who Must Be Obeyed (working title) details the life story of Freda Glynn and what it took for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to stake a claim amongst Australia’s media landscape.

BLACK DIVAZ
Pursekey Productions
Producer
Michaela Perske, Gillian Moody 
Director / Writer Adrian Russell Wills
Broadcaster NITV
Synopsis Black Divaz follows the first inaugural Miss First Nation Pageant where competitors will battle it out to see who will be crowned Queen. And you thought Priscilla was the only Queen in the Desert.

SPECIAL INITIATIVE - STATE OF ALARM

SAVING SEAGRASS
1 x 25 mins
Ramu Productions Pty Ltd
Producer Jodie Bell
Director Gary Hamaguchi 
Writers Gary Hamaguchi, Bessy-May Taylor
Synopsis On our watch, seagrass is disappearing at the rate of a football field every hour yet it is 35 times more efficient at capturing Carbon Dioxide than a rainforest. Can Indigenous people and scientists collaborate in time to save it?

SHARK DREAMING
1 x 25mins
Chili Films Pty Ltd
Producer Penelope McDonald
Director / Writer Ashley Gibb
Synopsis A young Indigenous man’s desperate attempt to stop the controversial battle between humans and sharks takes an unexpected turn, after he comes face to face with a Great White Shark. He becomes a shark eco-warrior and, on his journey, he gains greater understanding of the deep relationship some Indigenous Australians have with sharks, and a knowledge of country including marine life. Indigenous rangers and traditional owners hold knowledge that is being increasingly recognised for the integral role it has in science projects that measure, manage and mitigate the impact of climate change.

WARBURDAR BUNUNU | WATER SHIELD  
Brown Cabs 
Producer John Harvey
Director / Writer Jason De Santolo
Synopsis Scott McDinny is a young Garrwa song man determined to shield his Gulf Country homelands from mining using ancient song and dance.

TV production

SPECIAL INITIATIVE - SHOCK TREATMENT

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.

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