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2019-2020 ONLINE development 

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AFRO SISTAHS
Afro Sistahs Collective Pty Ltd
Genre Comedy, Drama
Producers Safia Amadou Hamidou, Mumbi Hinga
Director Hawanatu Bangura
Writers Moreblessing Maturure, Rebekah Robertson
Synopsis Western Sydney’s Premiere Afro Hair Salon - the social hub to recuperate, rejuvenate and glow up away from nosey aunties, ‘woke baes’ and shoddy jobs. Here we meet four eclectic sistahs learning, the hard way, that they’re gonna need more than Afro picks, hot combs and rollers to untangle the mess of their lives.

BUSH TUCKER BUNJIE GOLD COAST ADVENTURES
Jetzak Pty Ltd
Genre
Comedy
Writers Gabriel Willie, Angelina Hurley
Producers EJ Garrett, Dena Curtis
Story Producer Mark O’Toole
Synopsis Bush Tucker Bunjie becomes the Indigenous heart and soul of the Gold Coast one odd job at a time.

JUMP BLUE
Pernickety Split Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama, Mystery
Director Ben Joseph Andrews
Writers Hannah Silva, Ben Joseph Andrews
Producer Emma Roberts
Executive Producer Mark Atkin
Synopsis Memory and sensation fragment and intertwine in the final descent of freediver Natalia Molchanova.

ME AND HER(PES)
Chips & Gravy Films Pty Ltd
Genre
 Comedy, Romantic comedy
Creators/Writers Gemma Bird Matheson, Kasia Vickery
Producers Gemma Bird Matheson, Hannah Ngo
Executive Producers Alexandra Keddie, Gemma Bird Matheson
Synopsis When Saffie discovers she has herpes, she reaches out to Bek; the one night stand who ghosted her and the only person she’s ever slept with.

THE FOLLOWERS
Monster & Bear Pty Ltd, Goodall & Gallagher Pty Ltd
Genre
Comedy
Directors Luke Goodall, Marc Gallagher
Writers Luke Goodall, Marc Gallagher
Producers Jessica Pearce, Sarah Hickey
Synopsis  A true crime parody about a wellness cult in the Victorian bush, its charismatic leader and an amatuer filmmaker determined to uncover their dark secrets.

TRANSFERRED
Electric Yak
Genre
Comedy
Director Adele Vuko
Writer Chloe Black
Producers Alicia Rackett, Paul Moran
Synopsis Meet Alex. She is a 35-year-old transgender woman and it is her first week back at work after announcing her transition.

VAG OF HONOUR
Hayley Adams
Genre
Comedy
Directors Em Baker, Melanie Killingsworth
Writers Em Baker, Melanie Killingsworth, Jean Tong
Script Editor Jane Allen
Producer Hayley Adams
Synopsis Synopsis Football. Physio. Feminist happy endings. Two best friends moonlight their physio practice as a happy endings massage parlour for local nonnas to fund their AFLW dreams.

SWAMPED
Stupid Old Studios Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy
Writers Bec Petraitis, Kate Dehnert
Director Evan Munro-Smith
Producer Emma Sharp
Executive Producers Bec Petraitis, Kate Dehnert
Contributing Writers David Koutsouridis, Urvi Majumdar, Xavier Michelides
Synopsis Two digital media burnouts become their own bosses, only to find themselves trapped in the business they’ve created.

THE GALACTIC GUARDIAN
Thirty Three Films
Genre
 Comedy, Science fiction
Writer/Director Adele Vuko
Synopsis Celeste is a self-destructive dirtbag and unwilling Galactic Guardian, responsible for protecting the Milky Way against evil. But when she accidentally opens a wormhole to dark realm, she’ll be forced to grow up and accept responsibility for her actions - or pay the ultimate price.

BUTCH
Holly Austin and Zoe McDonald
Genre
 Comedy
Writers Holly Austin, Zoe McDonald
Director Harry Lloyd
Producers Holly Austin, Zoe McDonald, Jamie Houge, Jenni Tosi
Executive Producer Jenni Tosi
Synopsis Ex-lovers, Tiff & Gem are forced back together to co-parent their all knowing (and talking) dog, Butch. But no matter how hard they try to move on, Gem and Tiff keep seeing each other in all their new dates.

HAIR
Mohini Herse
Genre
 Comedy, Drama, Magic Realism
Creator Mohini Herse
Director Mohini Herse
Writers Mohini Herse, Yingna Lu
Producers Yingna Lu, Mohini Herse, Lottie Aspinall (Attachment)
Synopsis A comedy/ drama about Geraldine, a secretly hairy young woman, who opts for laser hair removal only to be unwillingly befriended by an incredibly hairy young woman trapped in her shower drain.

50 SHADES OF BLACK (GIRL)
Chips & Gravy Films Pty Ltd
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Creator/Writer Gemma Bird Matheson
Producers Lizzie Cater, Ratidzo Mambo
Executive Producers Gemma Bird Matheson, Alexandra Keddie
Synopsis When Hanna gets mistaken for another, more successful black girl at a gig one night, the recognition and confidence she draws from this experience drives her and best friend Bonnie to conduct an experiment; what else can they get for free by pretending to be other people of colour?

ARGUMENTS WITH MY MUM
Different Films
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Producers Lee Matthews, Naomi Mulholland
Director Jason Christou
Writers Jason Christou, Zoe Carides
Synopsis The first-born boy of a Greek-Australian household might always be revered, but it’s his Mi̱téra (his Mama) who always knows best, or so she thinks...

FLUNK
Lilydale Films Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama
Writers Ric Forster, Mekelle Mills, Phoebe Williams, Helen Le, Luke McCarthy
Producer Melanie Rowland
Executive Producer Ric Forster
Synopsis Teen drama Flunk tells the story of sixteen-year-old Ingrid, who starts to explore her sexuality whilst struggling to cope with the pressures of a country high school and her conservative Chinese-Australian family.

KARA, INFECTED
Last Frame Productions
Genre
Thriller, Science fiction
Producers Taylor Litton-Strain, Wendy Hanna
Writer Wendy Hanna
Synopsis Quarantined at home after a deadly plague decimates Sydney, Kara’s only solace is her mobile phone, and her friends on the other end of the line. But when Kara’s already devastated world implodes, she’s forced to leave behind the safety of her home and risk the looming threats that await her in the seemingly empty streets, dangers which only become increasingly fraught as the eyes of the world watch on…

MASC.
Six Sisters Pictures
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Horror, Romantic comedy
Creators Madeleine Gottlieb, Laura Nagy
Writer/Directors Madeleine Gottlieb, Laura Nagy, Renée Marie Petropoulos, Hyun Lee, Imogen McCluskey, Shari Sebbens
Producers Yingna Lu, Rachel Argall, Georgia Gilbert
Executive Producers Madeleine Gottlieb, Laura Nagy, Martha Coleman, Rob Gibson
Synopsis A 6-part anthology series created, written, directed and produced by women... all about men.

SHE BECOMES HER
Chips & Gravy Films Pty Ltd
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Musical
Creator Alexandra Keddie
Director Morgana O'Reilly
Writers Alexandra Keddie, Harry Morrissey
Producer Mark Morrissey
Executive Producers Alexandra Keddie, Gemma Bird Matheson, Paul Currie, Mark Morrissey
Synopsis Following a woman called Sam, She Becomes Her is a musical anthology series that explores the restrictive nature of gender roles and the social narratives that inform our lives.

THE EMU WAR
Hot Dad Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
Comedy
Director Jay Morrissey
Writers Lisa Fineberg, Jay Morrissey, John Campbell, Jonathan Schuster, Dane Simpson, Urvi Majumdar
Producer Lisa Fineberg
Synopsis An absurd take on the unbelievable true story of Australia’s war with the native emu (and how the humans were defeated).

THE TROUBLE WITH UNICORNS
1959 Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Writers Chris Pahlow, Grant Scicluna, Holly Alexander, Marieke Hardy
Directors Grant Scicluna, Michelle Savill, Greta Nash, Chris Pahlow
Producers Chris Pahlow, Daphne Do
Executive Producers Richard Kelly, Hayley Adams, John Molloy
Synopsis A couple in their early-30s begin their first non-monogamous adventure, only to find that open relationships aren’t always as liberating as you might think.

PRISON X (WORKING TITLE)
UNF Pty Ltd
Genre
Mythological
Writer/Director Violeta Ayala
Producers Violeta Ayala, Daniel Fallshaw
Synopsis Heavy doors open and you are swept into an infamous Bolivian jail, where you have to coexist with devils, saints, wicked characters, corrupt prison guards and even an Australian filmmaker. In Prison X you will live inside the dreams and nightmares of the Neo-Andean underworld.

Digital Originals

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO GRIEF
Anna Lydia Lindner
Genre
 Comedy, Drama
Writer Anna Lindner
Synopsis Utterly alone and in a state of total free-fall after the death of both parents, a young woman in regional Australia must rebuild her identity and connection to life, before she too slips six feet under.

FREEWHEELERS
unko Pty Ltd
Genre
 Action adventure, Comedy
Writer Emily Dash
Creator/Producer Belinda Dean
Synopsis A disabled teenage entrepreneur, a rebellious loner and a terminally ill grandmother concoct an eco-friendly plan to raise enough cash to get Abe to school camp. But what starts as a simple journey towards Abe’s independence, becomes a last hurrah to remember. 

IGGY & ACE 5EVA
Alexander Morrison
Genre
 Comedy, Drama 
Writer AB Morrison
Producer Hannah Ngo
Synopsis An outrageous but heartfelt comedy exploring friendship, addiction and recovery through a queer lens, Iggy & Ace 5eva charts the changing friendship between two young alcoholics when one of them decides to get sober.

Screen Australia + Snapchat

APOLLO
10 x 5 mins
Unless Pictures & Orange Entertainment Co
Genre
 Mystery
Creators Meg O'Connell, Anna Barnes
Writer Anna Barnes
Director Meg O'Connell
Producers Dan Lake, Jackson Lapsley Scott
Executive Producers Meg O'Connell, Anna Barnes, Justine Flynn, Kurt Royan
Platform Snapchat
Synopsis Apollo is a murder mystery set in an elite boarding school that proves that ancient history between friends is never buried.

PITCHER PERFECT INITIATIVE

RETURN TO SENDER
Genre 
Comedy
Writer Amy Stewart
Director Pearl Tan
Producer Kala Ellis
Synopsis When Australia’s right-wing, white supremacist Government launches a ‘Go Back to Where You Came From’ policy, two mixed-race sisters are imprisoned in an offshore detention centre for the ethnically ambiguous. They must try to escape before the world forgets them, or worse, before they kill each other.

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