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20 10 2011 - Media release

All Media Program recipients announced

Screen Australia today announced the first 12 projects of the inaugural round of the All Media Program incorporating production investment through the All Media Production strand and development support through the Digital Ignition strand.

The All Media Program supports narrative content in both linear and non-linear forms that pushes the envelope of creative storytelling. Practitioners are provided with opportunities to take risks, extend their skills and explore new storytelling tools and platforms.

“There are some terrific projects in the mix, representing the broad range of genres and types that the All Media Program hoped to encourage,” said Ruth Harley, CEO, Screen Australia. “We have new talent through to established players collaborating and telling stories through interactive documentary, games, web series, apps and multi-platform television.”

Seven projects were supported for All Media Production investment including an online documentary, two short form series for TV and online broadcasts, two games, an app for touch screen devices and a multi-platform comedy drama including a six-part television series.

The projects approved include Wonderland, an online documentary for SBS that teams three emerging filmmakers with veteran documentary filmmaker Alex West of Renegade and digital agency Chocolate Liberation Front (Asylum: Exit Australia). The documentary explores the hard-hitting story of the sudden growth and subsequent implosion of Australia’s Indian student industry.

Australian Encounters is an animated short form history series for ABC TV from Suitcase Murphy (Beyond the Backyard) and experienced executive producer Sue Maslin. Micro Nation is a short comedy series for Network Ten set on the seceded island nation of Pullamawang to be produced by Linda Ujuk at Freehand, with rising director/head writer Andrew Garrick and co-written by the young Australian comedy collective, Boomball.

An online game and short animation series for ABC, Peledais from visionary artists the Jurevicius brothers (Figaro Pho, Scary Girl), collaborating with game developer Fiasco; MacGuffin’s Curse is a story-driven puzzle game for digital download from Andrew Goulding and Ben Kosmina of Brawsome, the developers behind the award-winning game Jolly Rover.

The Strange Calls is a multi-platform comedy drama including a six-part TV series for ABC2 set to launch young writer/director Daley Pearson, previously known for his low-budget feature $quid, and teaming him with producers Hoodlum (Slide) who continue their move into original programming. Also supported through the All Media Production program is an app for touch screen devices based on the much-loved preschool property Guess How Much I Love You from animation house SLR (Gasp!, Deadly!) in collaboration with digital agency The Farm.

Among the five projects supported for development through Digital Ignition is Double Happy Versus the Infinite Sadness, a story-driven adventure game and full transmedia entertainment property from digital agency Monkeystack. Neptune’s Pride, an online strategy game for multiple players from developer Iron Helmet was also supported. The Hive is a native transmedia project about the hidden codes of cooperation, which includes a serious game and documentary, originated by writer/director Annamaria Talas (How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer, The Hobbit Enigma), produced by Smith & Nasht (Dick Smith’s Population Puzzle), working with digital outfit Moonshine Agency and US serious games guru Edward Castronova.

The Dirtgirlworld Interactive Garden App for touch screen devices will be produced by Cate McQuillen of Mememe, co-creator of the hugely successful animated TV series has received development support. Cate will work with digital outfit Tequila and will use augmented reality to allow kids to experience nature like never before.

Also to receive development support through Digital Ignition is Quick Quest, a fantasy action role playing game (RPG) for touch screen devices from Defiant Development.

The inaugural round of the All Media Program was highly competitive with 80 applications received comprising of 24 applications for All Media Production and 56 for Digital Ignition.

The second round of the All Media Production strand closes on 10 February 2012 and the Digital Ignition strand closes on 17 February 2012.


Suitcase Murphy
10 x 3 min animated history series
Producer Duncan Imberger, Josh Moore
Executive Producer Sue Maslin
Marketplace ABC
Synopsis Based on Shane Maloney’s column in The Monthly magazine, this series tells 10 fascinating true encounters between a renowned Australian and an international mover and shaker, presenting a fresh perspective on some intriguing moments in the grand narrative of Australian history.

App for tablet devices
Producer Suzanne Ryan
Digital Producer John Guest (The Farm)
Writer Melanie Alexander
Director Steve Moltzen
Creative Director Jo Boag
Marketplace Disney (TV series)
Synopsis Following the heart-warming adventures of Big & Little Nutbrown Hare and their wildlife friends, this app for pre-schoolers is designed to bring the much loved classic book to life in an innovative and appealing way.

Puzzle game for computer and handheld devices
Producer Andrew Goulding
Check Credits Andrew Goulding, Ben Kosmina
Marketplace Steam
Synopsis MacGuffin’s Curse puts you in the shoes of magician-come-thief Lucas MacGuffin who swipes a mysterious amulet in a bungled heist, which not only triggers the troubled city of Feyre into automated lockdown, but also curses him with the power to save it from corruption.

15 x 4.5 min / 1 x 62 min comedy series
Producer Linda Ujuk
Head Writer/Director Andrew Garrick
Marketplace Network Ten
Synopsis The forgotten island nation of Pullamawang has seceded from mainland Australia and is home to a cast of larger-than-life characters including young citizen Emma who desperately wants to leave. The absurd habits and comfortable lives of the islanders are thrown into disarray and conflict by the discovery of diamonds, thwarting Emma’s dreams of escaping to the wider world.

Vishus Productions
Online game and short animation series
Producer Luke Jurevicius
Writer/Directors Luke Jurevicius, Nathan Jurevicius
Game Developer Fiasco
Marketplace ABC
Synopsis Peleda is set in a highly stylised fantasy world that pits good against evil as players try to reclaim the land from an evil queen.

6 x half-hour comedy drama
Producers Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield
Writer/Director Daley Pearson
Marketplace ABC2
Synopsis Hapless city cop, Toby Banks, is demoted to night duty in the sleepy beachside village of Coolum, only to find himself investigating strange late night phone calls that reveal the bizarre truth of the town – a place where men turn into chickens, mermaids fall in love with locals and cats return from the grave…

Chocolate Liberation Front
Interactive documentary
Producers Dan Fill, Frank Verheggen
Writer/Directors David Elliot-Jones, Lachlan McLeod, Louis Dai
Mentor Director Alex West
Marketplace SBS
Synopsis Wonderland explores the extraordinary and hard-hitting story of the sudden growth and subsequent implosion of Australia’s Indian student industry.


Augmented reality app for touch screen devices
Producer Cate McQuillen
Writer Cate McQuillen
Director Pete Gately
Synopsis Using augmented reality, this application for touch screen devices will bring kids’ gardens to life and allow them to experience nature like never before.

Online adventure game and transmedia property
Producer Justin Wight
Writer Simon Butters
Director Troy Bellchambers
Technical Director Shane Bevin
Synopsis Double Happy follows the adventures of two disturbingly cheerful rabbits as they set forth in a quest to save their world from the clutches of an all-consuming sadness.

Smith & Nasht
Transmedia project including serious game and documentary
Producer Simon Nasht
Writer/Director Annamaria Talas
Web Developer Moonshine Agency
Synopsis The Hive seeks to explore and test the hidden codes of cooperation: whether the collective ‘hive mind’ of humanity can collaborate for the greater good, or whether we will be doomed by self-interest.

Iron Helmet
Online strategy game
Producer Jay Kyburz
Synopsis Players take on the role of leaders of their star system in an unstable galaxy where no one is to be trusted. While fleets manoeuvre for position, the real battle is fought at the negotiating table. What promises will you make, and will you keep them? Are you the hero in this story, or the villain?

Defiant Development
Action-role playing game for touch screen devices
Producer Morgan Jaffit
Synopsis Quick Quest sends players on task-driven fantasy-themed quests through a ‘rune-gate’ in order to face the challenges that lie there, with each mission influencing the wider narrative context of the political machinations of the town of Tyr.

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