2016–2017 multiplatform funding approvals
Multiplatform | Fresh Blood
JADE OF DEATH
6 x 10 min
Last Frame Productions Pty Ltd
Genre Supernatural Lesbian Drama
Producer Taylor Litton-Strain
Director / Writer Erin Good
International Distributor Rockzeline
Synopsis Jade has a powerful ability, she can hear when and how people will die, but there’s more to her abilities than she knows.
AWAKE - FIRST CONTACT
1 x 15 min
Genre Virtual Reality
Producer James Marshall
Executive Producer Nathan Anderson
Director Martin Taylor
Writers Mike Jones, Christian Cantamessa
Synopsis 'Awake: First contact' is the pilot episode of the ‘Awake’ 8-part series following ‘the chosen’, a group of seemingly ordinary people being visited in their dreams by an alien presence from another reality. Harold Whitbread, a cranky elderly widower with a talent for keeping secrets, is about to get a wakeup call.
GET GRUBBY TV
20 x 11 min
Mememe Productions Pty Ltd
Producer Hewey Eustace, Cate McQuillen
Director / Writer Cate McQuillen
Synopsis Join dirtgirl, scrapboy and Costa the garden gnome as they plunge head first into their grubby bucket list of nature loving fun, where bugs check into hotels, chickens jam, music hides in leaves and icky things can win the day.
KIKI AND KITTY
6 x 10 min
Porchlight Films Pty Ltd
Producers Sylvia Warmer, Liz Watts
Director Catriona McKenzie
Writer Nakkiah Lui
Platform ABC iview
Synopsis The adventures of a young, black woman in a big white world, where her vagina is a big, black woman and her best friend.
6 x 10 min
Fire Sky Films & Blonde Skye Productions
Producers Kristin Skye Sargent, Tawni Bryant, Jerome Velinsky
Directors Tawni Bryant, Jerome Velinsky
Writer Jerome Velinsky
Synopsis Two actors, doing whatever it takes... wherever it takes them.
THE OTHER GUY
6 x 30 min
Entertainment One Television Productions Australia
Producers Angie Fielder, Cecilia Ritchie, Polly Staniford
Executive Producers Jude Troy, Troy Lum
Director Kaci Anning
Writers Matt Okine, Becky Lucas, Greg Waters (script producer)
International Sales Entertainment One Television International
Synopsis Created by leading Australian comedy talent, Matt Okine, THE OTHER GUY is a funny, raw and poignant look at break-ups in the modern age and the harsh reality of recovering from heart break.
RONNY CHIENG: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT
6 x 27 min
Sticky Pictures Pty Ltd
Producer Donna Andrews
Co-Producer Naomi Just
Executive Producer Donna Andrews
Director Jonathan Brough
Writer Ronny Chieng, Declan Fay
Synopsis The hilarious story of Ronny Chieng, a Malaysian student in Australia to study law. Only, making friends is not part of the curriculum.
1 x 30 min
In Films Pty Ltd
Producer Nel Minchin
Executive Producers Nial Fulton, Ivan O’Mahoney
Director Max Miller
Writers Mark Bonnao, Broden Kelly, Sam Lingham, Zachary Ruane, Tom Armstrong, Max Miller
Story Editor Niki Aken
Synopsis Online comedy superstars Aunty Donna play Mark, Zach and Broden, three failed musicians who are entrusted with the day to day care of 10- year-old boy pop sensation, Tyson Feller.
THE HORIZON SEASONS 7 AND 8
16 x 10 min
Cobbstar Productions Pty Ltd
Producer Jacob Inglis
Executive Producer Brian Cobb
Director Boaz Stark
Synopsis Queers As Folk' meets Sydney's very own Oxford Street in this edgy drama exploring the unexplored gay community within.
Feature / 10 x 10 min series
Company Name Deadrock Films Pty Ltd
Producers Enzo Tedeschi, Cathy Rechichi
Executive Producer Jason Moody
Director Enzo Tedeschi
Writers Matthew C. Vaughan, Greta Harrison
Synopsis Event Zero is a fast-paced conspiracy thriller involving a federal cop in way over her head as fear ravages the nation.
Fresh Blood 2017
Producers Aaron Chen, Henry Stone
Director Henry Stone
Writers Aaron Chen, Jonathan Lo
Synopsis 1800 SUCCESS follows two young schemers on the hunt for cash. Aaron and Jonathan need money. They always need money. This is because they’re poor little student daddies who just want to buy textbooks and movie tickets and MDMA but they don’t want jobs because they’re also cheeky little millennials and jobs are oppressive. Each episode of 1800 SUCCESS finds them trying to lean on a subculture that they are affiliated with in order to make that crispy cashola and keep living their tasty uni student daddy lives.
Producers Nikos Andronicos, Dave Carter
Director Dave Carter
Writer Nikos Andronicos
Synopsis The animated adventures of three ibises who eat garbage and live life 2 tha max in the jewel in Sydney's crown, Darling Harbour.
Directors Zach Mander, Michael Parente
Writers Zach Mander, Dom Fay
Synopsis Collective Noun is rebooting the ABC to be more relevant to millennials. This series of sketches will see the ABC line up adjusted to be more Gen Y focused. The ABC will have more smashed avo, more ride sharing services, and be more self-interested – just how millennials like it.
Genre Sketch comedy
Producer Bronte Rose Jovevski
Director Jenna Owen, Victoria Zerbst, Bronte Rose Jovevski
Writers Victoria Zerbst, Jenna Owen, Jess Bush, Geraldine Viswanathan
Synopsis Freudian Nip is a comedy collective from Sydney, and a champion high school cheerleading squad. After discovering its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school, they must scramble to compete at this year's championships. May the best moves win.
Producers Bec Schultz
Writers / Directors Mitch McTaggart, Djovan Caro
Synopsis Two stupid scientists swap heads in a vain attempt to advance medicine, but instead just lose control of their bodies.
Producers Melody Ha, Anna Bateman, James Hackett
Directors / Writers Nick Simpson, James Hackett
Synopsis The polar ice caps have melted and the Ibis Queen is a floating cruise ship that offers a world of infinite activities and entertainment. Captain Caveri is the debauched master of misrule on this vessel. She needs to watch her back as diving instructor Numa is trying to recruit the struggling musician Paul to help her sink the Ibis and create an aquatic haven for transgender dugongs.
Producer / Director / Writer Michael Cusack
Synopsis Koala Man is about a local suburban superhero with no special powers but a strong and burning passion to snuff out petty crime and bring order to the community. Patrolling the streets in his 91’ Toyota Corolla by day and night, Koala Man is constantly on the lookout for trouble makers.
Producer Mark Ruse
Director Andrew Mills
Writers Pippa Mills, Helena Ruse, Andrew Mills
Synopsis Already world-weary in their early twenties, Pippa and Helena are a couple of young people struggling not to constantly embarrass themselves. Based off the experiences of its two stars and creators, Leftovers finds the satirical in the mundane lives of young people.
LET’S BREAK EM UP
Genre Street game show
Producer / Director / Writer Nath Valvo, Tandem Media
Synopsis Nath Valvo will hit the streets of Australia, hunt down unsuspecting couples and put their love to the test. If they pass the game they win nothing, if they lose they have to break up.
Genre Comedy sitcom
Producer / Director / Writer Lewis Hobba
Synopsis MARS 500 follows six astronauts pretending to travel to Mars in a fake space shuttle in Australia's red centre. Their task is to answer a simple but important scientific question: can six people live in a tiny space shuttle for the time it takes to fly to Mars and back without killing each other? Inspired by real events, MARS 500 tells the story of a ridiculous yet noble journey to nowhere, and the idiots who signed up for it.
NO-ONE SUSPECTED THE CAT
Producer Doug Bayne
Director Trudy Cooper
Writers David Collins, Rebecca De Unamuno, Carlo Ritchie
Synopsis Three improvisers enter a sound studio, three animated films come out. What will they even be about? We don’t know. Perhaps we never will.
THE ANGUS PROJECT
Producer Craig Anderson, Alessandro Zotti, Nina Oyama
Director / Writer Nina Oyama
Synopsis Angus Thompson is a 20 year old wheelchair bound university student with cerebral palsy who lives by himself in Bathurst NSW. Cerebral Palsy is a disease which affects motor skills, but not the brain, so Angus employs other students as disability carers to help him eat, study and clean...but most importantly, to help him party. This webseries is about Angus and his carers, and the hedonistic shenanigans they get up to.
THE BIG DAY
Producers Laura Hughes. Carolina Sorensen
Director Bryan Moses
Writer Laura Hughes, Bryan Moses
Synopsis THE BIG DAY is a series of 3 connected sketches that celebrate the ridiculous people who manage to make someone else’s wedding all about themselves. Laura Hughes will be bringing to life three of these hilarious characters; the suffocatingly considerate bridesmaid, an aggressively enthusiastic groomsman, and the self-proclaimed ‘fun mum’ of the bride. The series will also star Shari Sebbens and Christiaan Van Vuuren.
THE LOST TAPES
Genre Fake archival footage
Producers Penny Greenhalgh, Stef Smith, Josh Ladgrove
Director Stef Smith
Writers Penny Greenhalgh, Josh Ladgrove
Synopsis The Lost Tapes is an offbeat, unconventional comedy starring Penny Greenhalgh and Josh Ladgrove. The three sketches will be shot as fake ‘forgotten archival footage’ from various eras and genres; so wonderfully bizarre and funny you might just believe they’re real.
Genre Parody retro-cop
Producer Maria Tran
Director / Writer Adrian Castro
Synopsis Two mismatched cops Inspector Tiger (Maria Tran) and Detective Wombat (Steven Oliver) are on a mission to take down a Hong Kong crime lord, The White Ghost.
TOO PRETTY TO BE WITTY
Genre Satirical sketch
Producer Petra Lovrencic
Directors Petra Lovrencic, Fiona Gillman
Writer Fiona Gillman
Synopsis A pop song about a basic bitch, a movie trailer starring Hollywood's most stereotypical cast, and a dating game show for the career-driven independent woman. In Too Pretty to be Witty, Fiona Gillman plays three different "types" of women, satirising the generalisations created for them by modern media and society.
Genre Parody true-crime documentary
Producer Erasmo Raimundo
Director Greta Lee Jackson
Writers Cameron James , Becky Lucas
Synopsis Every year hundreds of murders go unsolved - until now. Each episode, True Murder attempts to solve the most bloodcurdling, notorious (and 100% made up) crimes in Australian history. And every time, they fail embarrassingly and miserably.
WALK IN MY SHOES
Producer Mitchell Stanley
Director Peter Nizic
Writer Johnny Lahoud
Synopsis A decade after being disqualified from the Men’s 50km Race Walking event at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, race walking legend, Herbert Seaman, is making his much anticipated comeback with the help of his wife/coach, Sandy Seaman. Feeling positive after his public mental breakdown due to his emotionally shattering disqualification, Herbert’s training to walk again, striving towards that Olympic gold medal he desperately craves.
WHY ARE YOU LIKE THIS
Producers / Directors Adam Murfet, Jesse Oldfield
Writers Naomi Higgins, Humyara Mahbub, Mark Samual Bonanno
Synopsis Why Are You Like This? is about two girls, Penny and Mia, who always say the wrong thing. As they inadvertently dissect the dark side of human nature - premises that are often taboo - they swiftly move through social interactions, leaving destruction in their wake, with anyone they come across being forced to pick up the pieces. Why Are You Like This? is a dark, dialogue comedy that is unforgivingly harsh, punchy and sharp.
Producers Madeline Kelly, Julia Corcoran
Directors Yasmin Suteja, Claudia Allison
Writer Kai Suteja
Synopsis A comedy about two millennial misfits stuck in a perpetual state of irresponsibility.
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