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2015–2016 development funding approvals

STORY DEVELOPMENT

March - June 2016

SUPER TRUE
13 x 30 min
LateNite Films Pty Ltd
Genre Comedy, Mystery, Family
Producers Chris Hocking, Nicholas Colla
Executive Producer Gary Russell
Directors Nicholas Colla, Michael Shanks
Writers Nicolette Minster, Nicholas Issell, Louise McCrae, Gary Russell
Synopsis A group of young misfits, obsessed with investigating the strange and unexplained, attempt to become internet sensations by leaking their conspiracy fuelled adventures on SuperTrue.com 

February - March 2016

DEADLOCK
Every Cloud Productions
Genre
Drama
Producer Lois Randall
Executive Producers Fiona Eagger, Deb Cox
Writer Billie Pleffer
Synopsis Deadlock reveals the recklessness, vibrancy and resilience of Australian youth through the anarchic lives of its central teenage cast. When long-standing regional rivalries explode at a late-night party, the mystery and chaos of what happens beneath the tropical gloss of an idyllic coastal town is exposed, divulging candid but also darkly humorous stories of the youth of the town…

Q-SCHOOL
One Stone Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre
Comedy, Crime
Producer Georgie Lewin
Executive Producer Nathan Earl
Writers Veronica Milsom, Nicholas McDougall, Nathan Earl
Synopsis Before you’re a golf sensation, you have to make it through Q-School. Every golfer has a Q-School story. This series is about the class of 2017 - a killer year.

THESE NEW SOUTH WHALES SEASON TWO
Born In The Sauce Pty Ltd
Genre
Comedy
Producers Todd Andrews, Ben Timony, Jamie Timony
Executive Producers Jeffery Walker, Laura Waters
Directors Ben Timony, Jamie Timony
Writers Todd Andrews, Ben Timony, Jamie Timony
Synopsis Four even cockier underdogs from Newcastle become the bonafide lords of the road they always aspired to be.

THIS IS SHYNESS
Generator Pictures
Genre
Teen fantasy, Science Fiction
Producer Katia Nizic
Director Corrie Chen
Writers Adam Spellicy, Charlotte McConaghy, Jason Reed, Mithila Gupta
Synopsis Teenage runaway Nia meets Wolfboy in the perpetually night-shrouded suburb of Shyness. Together they must uncover the secret of the Darkness, or remain trapped inside it forever.

Z-BULB
Studio Moshi Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
Action adventure, Comedy
Producer Andrew Davies
Director Christien Clegg
Writer Scott Edgar
Synopsis Waking from a coma into a modern world of celebrity heroes and villains, Z-Bulb must regain his rightful place while putting history right to expose the truth of his former greatness.

November 2015 – January 2016

CLOTHING FOR CORRESPONDENCE
Film Art Media Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama
Producer Charlotte Seymour
Executive Producer Sue Maslin
Writers Jane Dickenson, Penny Chai
Synopsis After an episode of anxiety knocks her sideways, Florence re-emerges determined to reconnect. And save the planet. And get nice clothes.

DEEP FIELD
Madman Production Company
Genre
Drama
Producer Nick Batzias
Writer Veronica Gleeson
Synopsis A group of aid workers join a new and hopeful NGO, bringing their talent and emotional baggage to the cause.

FARSEEKERS - THE OBERNEWTYN CHRONICLES
Entertainment One Australia, Hopscotch Features, EOne TV International
Genre
Action adventure, Drama, Science Fiction
Producers Andrew Mason, Jude Troy, Troy Lum
Writers John Collee, Sarah Lambert, Andrew Prowse
Synopsis In a post-apocalyptic world, where difference means exile or death, a reluctant heroine finds herself at the centre of a dangerous battle to discover the remnants of a lost civilization, and possess the weapons that destroyed it. The first book in Australian author Isobelle Carmody’s acclaimed seven-volume sci-fi/fantasy sequence, the Obernewtyn Chronicles, this is a franchise of extraordinary scope and imagination.

HEAVEN INC
Crankyfish Pty Ltd, Monkeystack & Cameralla
Genre 
Animated Comedy
Producers Julian Vincent Costanzo, Jonathon Dutton, Justin Wight
Director Alex Brett Graham
Writer Carl J. Sorheim
Synopsis God is having a hell of a time. He hardly believes in himself anymore and has outsourced the afterlife to the celestial company DestaCorp, leaving him twiddling his thumbs and pondering the meaning of life. Meanwhile, outspoken atheist Michelle meets an oddly well-timed death - and the last place she expects to end up is Heaven.

THE ISLAND
Cordell Jigsaw Productions Pty Ltd
 
Genre Drama, Thriller, Mystery 
Producers Paul Bennett, Harriet Crampton
Executive Producer Nick Murray 
Writers Paul Bennett, Jodie Molloy
Synopsis THE ISLAND is an 8 x 1hr murder mystery series that explores the bizarre world of Norfolk Island exposing a dark incestuous side of paradise – a complex web of interrelated characters, island politics and family feuds going back generations where nothing is quite what it seems.

UNTITLED PROJECT
Goalpost Pictures Australia Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama
Producers Andrew Spaulding, Rosemary Blight, Doug Mankoff, Mike Marcus
Writer David Williamson
Synopsis Based on David Williamson’s stage-play

JULY 2015


TRUST
Essential Media and Entertainment
Genre
Drama
Producer Ian Collie
Writers Sarah Lambert, Blake Ayshford, Kris Mrksa
Synopsis When seasoned journalist Eva Allesee is commissioned to do an expose on The Trust, a shadowy movement that the mainstream media has labelled a dangerous cult, her investigations lead her into a complex world of conspiracy theories, messianic prophecy, deception and cover-ups.

STATELESS
Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd & Dirty Films Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama
Producers Tony Ayres, Liz Watts
Director Cate Blanchett
Writer Elise McCredie
Synopsis In the process of escaping a cult, a young woman’s identity becomes confused and she is inadvertently trapped in the labyrinthine nightmare of the Australian immigration system. Inspired by the incredible, true story of Cornelia Rau, Stateless is a powerful and timely series about identity, belonging and the extraordinary lengths people will go to find their place in the world.
 

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