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Funding Approvals
2018–2019 TELEVISION development 

WELLNESS
See-Saw Films (TV) Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama
Executive Producers Rachel Gardner, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Samantha Strauss, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning
Writer Samantha Strauss
Synopsis Wellness is a character study about a fascinating young woman who could only exist now.

SEX IN THE WEST
Wooden Horse
Genre
 Comedy, Drama
Producer Jude Troy
Director Fadia Abboud
Writers Fadia Abboud, Sarah Walker, Amal Awad
Story Consultant Jane Espenson
Synopsis Best friends since childhood, Samira and Rima are two 30-something Arab chicks. One Muslim, one Christian; one married, one widowed. Both bitch-slapped by life.  Their worlds are turned upside down when their desires and ambitions come into conflict with family and community expectation. Sex in the West is a surprising, sexy, poignant and often hilarious celebration of love and friendship - and finding family in the most unexpected of places.

OVER AND OUT
Midwinter Films, 33 Films
Genre
 Post-apocalyptic family comedy
Producer Bridget Callow-Wright
Co-producers Abi Tabone, Gemma Knight
Writers Adele Vuko, Christiaan Van Vuuren
Director TBC
Synopsis Two parents, Lewis and Freya, are struggling to survive the trials and tribulations of raising toddlers... Whilst being smack bang in the middle of the post-apocalypse.

JEREMY THE DUD
Princess Pictures Holdings Pty Ltd
Genre
 Comedy
Producer Mike Cowap
Writer/Director Ryan Chamley
Contributing Writer Nick Boshier
Creative Consultants Daniel Monks, Adam Bowes, Sam Humphrey
Synopsis Jeremy The Dud is a comedy set in a world where everyone has a disability, and those that don't are treated with the same prejudice, stigma and condescending attitudes people with disabilities face in our own society.

TECHNICALLY YES
Factor 30 Films Pty Ltd
Genre
 Comedy, Science fiction
Producer Melissa Kelly, Louise Smith
Executive Producer Ryan Hodgson
Writer/Creator Alicia Walsh
Synopsis On a remote island in the near future, selected guests have the chance to experience love via the augmented reality game Hotel Amore as part of a bold experiment to prove there is such a thing as a soul mate.

HIGH ROTATION
Cream Team 
Genre 
Comedy, Drama, Musical
Producers James Cripps, Catherine Kelleher
Executive Producer Craig Anderson
Director Henry Stone
Writers James Cripps, Catherine Kelleher, Henry Stone
Synopsis Closeted dreamer Ella hasn’t made music in 10 years, but when an unauthorized remix of her dusty-old demo gets airplay, she decides to reignite her creative aspirations only to be confronted by the retrograde institutions of the Australian music industry.

LOG
Pirate Size Productions
Genre Comedy, Animation
Producer Bryony McLachlan
Writers Nick Watson, Dan Nixon
Synopsis A log drifts into the lives of people in need and somehow always manages to help.

PARTNERS IN CRIME
Bikeshed Productions
Genre Dramedy, Crime
Executive Producers/Directors/Writers Eliza Reilly, Hannah Reilly
Producer Julia Corcoran
Synopsis Sisters Katie and May are trying to make it in the crime world, without killing each other first.

ROUGH
Noble Savage Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre Comedy, Drama
Producers Hayley B Johnson, Majhid Heath
Director Catriona McKenzie
Writers Kodie Bedford, Rae Earl
Synopsis A woman’s quest for financial stability through the world’s oldest profession teaches her the importance of emotional independence and freedom.

SECRET THREADS
Rebecca Ingram
Genre Supernatural, Thriller, Crime
Creator Rebecca Ingram
Writers Michele Lee, Kris Wyld, Mike Jones
Synopsis Within the tight-knit and superstitious Hmong-Laos community of Melbourne, a suspicious death - believed by many to be a vengeful spirit - will drive Parita Waters to uncover the truth of a government conspiracy and her family’s war-time transgressions.

THE LOST FLOWERS OF ALICE HART (WORKING TITLE)
Made Up Stories
Genre Drama, Mystery
Producers Bruna Papandrea, Jodi Matterson, Steve Hutensky, Casey Haver, Sarah Lambert
Executive Producers Bruna Papandrea, Jodi Matterson, Steve Hutensky, Casey Haver, Sarah Lambert
Writer Sarah Lambert
Synopsis The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Working title) tells the story of a young girl whose violent childhood casts a dark shadow over her adult life. After a family tragedy, 9-year-old Alice is raised by her grandmother on the language of Australian native flowers, a way to say the things that are too hard to speak. 

ZAROVILLE HALLOWEEN
Toy Shop Entertainment
Genre
 Comedy, Horror
Producers Ruby Schmidt, Ian Zaro
Writers Ruby Schmidt, Ian Zaro, Kodie Bedford
Synopsis Follow the exceedingly spooky and all too relatable life of Ian, a young black millennial living in the Far North Queensland town of Zaroville during Halloween!

CLANDESTINE
WYLD FGA Pty Ltd in association with Beyond Entertainment Pty Ltd
Genre Thriller
Producers Kristine Wyld, Antony I Ginnane
Executive Producers David Ogilvy, Nina Stevenson
Director TBC
Writers Kristine Wyld, Kristen Dunphy, Sean Cook
Synopsis Claire Marks, a single mother of two, ex Australian Intelligence, now running a security company, learns her daughter was on a plane that was shot down in war-torn Syria. Claire flies to Beirut but finds herself up against ruthless players in an international conspiracy that reaches right back to Australia.

THE FORCE (WORKING TITLE)
No Coincidence Media Pty Ltd
Genre 
Action adventure, Comedy
Producer Mitchell Stanley
Director Dena Curtis
Writers Megan Wilding, Steven Oliver, Mitchell Stanley, Dena Curtis
Synopsis When the lives of inner Sydney residents are in danger, they call upon The Force, a cracked team of first responders who know there can only be one hero at the end of the day.

THE SISTERS ANTIPODES 
Endemol Shine Banks
Genre 
Drama
Producers Imogen Banks, Asher Keddie
Director TBC
Writers Fiona Seres, Rebecca Rigg
Synopsis In 1965, two families collide. Affairs ignite, couples switch and the scandal pushes the realigned families to opposite sides of the world. Reeling, two little girls are given each other’s fathers. The Sisters Antipodes is the ensuing story of the lifelong competition between them and the tragedy that ends it.

THE UPSIDE OF OVER 
Revlover Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Drama
Producer Lauren Edwards, Martha Coleman
Director TBC
Writer Josephine Dee Barrett
Synopsis When her inner-most sexual fantasy goes viral, Australia’s most beloved newsreader Olivia Law must reassess the life she’s meticulously built for herself and tackle the age-old question; what do women really want? And how exactly do you rebuild yourself when you never really knew who you were to begin with?

ALEPH 
Porchlight Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama, Science fiction 
Producer 
Liz Watts
Writer/Director Miranda Nation
Writers Tamara Asmar, Anya Beyersdorf 
Synopsis A woman is faced with the choice between saving her daughter and saving a humanity teetering on the brink of extinction.

GOOLAGONG
Werner Film Productions Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama 
Producer 
Joanna Werner
Director Wayne Blair
Writers Megan Simpson Huberman, Steven McGregor
Synopsis A two-part event mini-series based on the inspiring true life story of world champion tennis player Evonne Goolagong, one of Australia's best known and most loved sporting heroes.

ODDLANDS
Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama, Science fiction 
Producers 
Stephen Corvini, Alice Nash
Director Bruce Gladwin
Writers Bruce Gladwin, Chris Anastassiades, Stuart Page, Dannika Horvat, Tim Williams
Synopsis When cleaners Des and Tam come into contact with The Animal, their lives take an unexpected turn from model citizens to renegade members of The Resistance.

SECONDS
Headspace Entertainment 
Genre 
Drama, Horror, Thriller 
Executive Producers Georgia Mappin, Darren McFarlane
Director Tony Rogers
Writers Jaime Browne, Jub Clerc
Synopsis From director Tony Rogers, writer Jaime Browne and author Strephyn Mappin comes a darkly comic coming of age story set in 1970’s country Australia, inside a family defined by tradition…ritualised cannibalism.

THE FAIR WAY
Cordell Jigsaw Productions Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Crime
Executive Producers Nathan Earl, Damian Davis
Series Producer Georgie Lewin
Director Nathan Earl
Writers Nathan Earl, Tim Lee, Georgie Lewin
Synopsis: Every Golfer has a 'nearly made it' story. Cautionary tales of careers made, dreams destroyed and nerves put to the test. This is one such story. 

THE AGENCY
Ambience Entertainment Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Musical
Executive Producer Michael Boughen, Jason Haig-Ellery
Co-creator and Producer Monica O’Brien
Writers Joel Slack-Smith, Penny Greenhalgh, Roger Drew, Warren Coleman, Steve Abbott, Mithila Gupta, Kodie Bedford
Director TBC
Synopsis: Selling your soul to the Devil. It's just a figure of speech, right? The Agency is an outrageous musical comedy that explores moral corruption.

OVERHEATER
Closer Productions Pty Ltd
Genre 
Science Fiction, Comedy
Producers Kirsty Stark, Sophie Hyde
Writer/Director Matt Vesely
Synopsis: Overheater is a sci-fi comedy set in a lazily dystopian world, in which a young couple must negotiate life and love while dealing with their new house guest – a depressed robot shopkeeper they’ve saved from the scrap heap.

THE GATHERING
Nicholas Murray Verso trading as Asphodel Films
Genre 
Thriller, Mystery
Writer/Director Nicholas Verso
Writers Craig Irwin, Kodie Bedford
Synopsis: A group of disillusioned teens discover they have been chosen to battle a centuries-old evil simmering within their small town

SECOND TIME
Thumper Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama, Science Fiction
Writer/Director Danielle Baynes
Producer Christopher Sharp
Writers Nora Niasari, Natasha Pincus
Synopsis: Set in the near future, Second Time is a web series about the lives of a group of 16-year-old girls in high school exploring sexuality, relationships and connection in a tech dominated world.

CLASS OF ‘07
Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy
Writer/Director Kacie Anning
Producer Mimi Butler
Writer TBC
Synopsis: When an apocalyptic tidal wave hits during the ten year reunion of an all-girls college, a group of women must find a way to survive on the island peak of their high school campus.

GNOMES
The Two Jons Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Horror
Director/Producer Joel Kohn
Producer Richard Kelly, John Molloy
Writers Tegan Higginbotham, Paul Verhoeven
Synopsis: These garden ornaments have a grudge and gnome-one is getting out alive!

BLOOD SISTERS
Mad Dan Productions Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama, Thriller
Writer/Director/Producer Madeleine Dyer
Executive Producer Steven Corvini, Enzo Tedeschi
Writer/Producers Daniel Mulvihill, Anthony Mullins
Writer Kodie Bedford
Synopsis: Three girls bonded by a death, united by the truth.

     

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