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Funding approvals
2019-2020 Development Funding

FEATURE DEVELOPMENT

SWEET COUNTRY 2 (Working Title) 
Retroflex Lateral Pty Ltd
Genre
 Western, Drama, Action adventure, Period
Producers David Jowsey, David Tranter, Greer Simpkin
Writer Steven McGregor
Synopsis A sequel to the award-winning Indigenous feature Sweet Country.

BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS
Sweet Country Films Pty Ltd
Genre
 Musical, Drama
Writers Ursula Yovich, Alana Valentine
Producers David Jowsey, Greer Simpkin, Vicki Gordon
Synopsis The story of two unpredictable and deeply vulnerable Aboriginal sisters Barbara and RenĂ© and their all girl band The Camp Dogs, who are searching for the sense of connection that has been leached out of them by the years and the tears and the relentless demands of the city.

THE VISITORS
Good Thing Productions and Since 1788 Productions
Genre
 Drama
Writer/Director Dylan River
Producers Tanith Glynn-Maloney, Virginia Whitwell, Nick Batzias
Synopsis Delegates from various clans of the Eora Nation gather to discuss various strategies for dealing with their unwanted 'Visitors'. Adapted from stageplay “The Visitors” by Jane Harrison.

JANDAMARRA
Nagarra Nagarra Films Pty Ltd
Genre
 Western
Director Mitch Torres
Writers Mitch Torres
Synopsis The epic story about the lives of five men: a young warrior with spiritual powers, a shunned white police tracker looking for acceptance, a disgruntled white pastoralist and a savvy black tracker intertwine in this story of violent frontier war over land, law in the unforgiving landscape of the Kimberley.

Documentary DEVELOPMENT

THE CASTING OF NELLIE WALKER
Daniel Charles King
Director
 Daniel King
Synopsis Through retracing her Great Great Grandmother’s steps, Aboriginal artist Irene Ridgeway explores why a statue of Nellie Walker sits in the Sydney Museum vaults, why it was made and more importantly who she was.

OUR LAW
Pink Pepper & Periscope Pictures
Writers 
Taryne Laffar, Sam Bodhi Field, Gary Hamaguchi, Debbie Carmody
Producers Taryne Laffar, Sam Bodhi Field
Synopsis Being an Indigenous Police officer comes with a heavy price tag - facing up to extraordinary personal and institutional challenges. But could Aboriginal officers be the ultimate front-line in changing a prejudiced police culture from within, and rebuilding trust with Aboriginal people?

FIRE COUNTRY
Brown Cab Productions Pty Ltd
Director
 Jason De Santolo
Writers Victor Steffensen, Jason De Santolo
Producer John Harvey
Synopsis With an unprecedented fire season with massive ramifications for communities, Aboriginal fire knowledge has resonated a spark of discussion that calls for change on all levels to help save this country.

NYURRNYU 
Ramu Productions Pty Ltd
Director
 Gary Hamaguchi
Writers Gary Hamaguchi, Brooke Woolcock
Producers Jodie Bell, Brooke Woolcock
Synopsis As Platypus numbers drastically decline; can Traditional owners in the Kimberley help scientist discover a hidden population of one of Australia's most unique animals?

THE REPATRIATION PROJECT
1 x 60 mins
Pursekey Productions
Director
 Larissa Behrendt
Writers Larissa Behrendt, Amala Groom, Joel Bray
Producer Michaela Perske
Synopsis On the 250th anniversary of the Colonial Project, this film chronicles a First Peoples perspective on repatriating conceptual and physical ideas and objects of colonisation back to England.

Television drama DEVELOPMENT

HOPE SPRINGS
Tamarind Tree Pictures and Carver Films
Genre
 Drama, Western
Writers Steven McGregor, Danielle MacLean
Producers Danielle MacLean, Anna Grieve, Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw, Aaron Pedersen
Synopsis Hope Springs is a subverted Western of two opposing forces set against the backdrop of the Frontier Wars in 1900s Australia.

TATA DETECTIVE
Pink Pepper

Genre Drama, Crime
Creator Taryne Laffar
Writers Taryne Laffar, Beck Cole, Dot West
Producer Taryne Laffar, Lois Randall
Synopsis Feisty and gregarious Indigenous gallery owner turned culture detective Muriel Hunter uses her wit, charm and influence to take down the underbelly of the arts world in her Kimberleys homeland – finding herself caught between fighting for justice and protecting her family.

SEVEN
Ramu Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama, Supernatural
Writers Mitch Torres, Dot West, Jub Clerc
Producers Jodie Bell, Mitch Torres
Synopsis Through a series of bizarre events, seven adopted Indigenous women, each with a tattoo (small dots) inked on the underside of their left wrist, discover they are blood sisters who have special powers that could save the world.

THE NURSERY
Inkey Media
Genre
 Comedy, Drama
Writers Dena Curtis, Mario Gaoa
Producers Dena Curtis, Mitchell Stanley, Toni Stowers, Jodie Molloy
Synopsis When lifelong friends Betty, Judy, Rose and Arthur move into a nursing home, their lives are turned upside down, determined to regain their freedom, their weekly escapades lead to the spreading of STI’s, lockdowns and trips to the E.R.