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13 12 2012 - Media release

Seven feature projects receive development support and new industry internships announced

Screen Australia today announced $216,000 in development support for seven feature projects. Four new projects have been added to Screen Australia’s feature film development slate while three teams will receive continued support to develop their projects.

Two Australian filmmakers, producer Bec Cubitt and writer/director Will Kuether, will also be supported to undertake professional internships through Screen Australia’s Talent Escalator Program, providing them with invaluable experience in the international film landscape.

Bec Cubitt follows past Australian producer interns Caroline Gerard and Sheila Jayadev to spend six months working in London at Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free (Prometheus, Robin Hood) under the mentorship of Executive Producer, Jack Arbuthnott. Will Kuether will work in Los Angeles for five months at Disruption Entertainment (Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah) under the mentorship of Executive Vice President of Production, Luke Ryan.

The new feature projects to receive development support include Pandamonium, a family comedy adventure script in development by writer Duncan Kennedy with producers Janelle Landers and Aidan O’Bryan.

Writer/producer Patrick McDonald will be supported to develop his comedy script, Versus Vampire, and writer/director brothers Cameron and Colin Cairnes will be supported to develop their comedy script, They Shoot Hostages, Don’t They?, with Julie Ryan producing.

Grant Scicluna will be supported as a writer to develop The Rapture, a horror script, with producer James Brown.

Projects to receive continued feature development support are included in the project details listed below.


Genre Comedy
Producers Helen Panckhurst, Michael McMahon
Writers Osamah Sami, Andrew Knight
Synopsis A young Muslim man with big dreams and an even bigger heart must find a way to marry the love of his life, despite being promised to another.

Genre Biopic
Producers Emile Sherman, Iain Canning
Writer Luke Davies

Genre Crime Drama
Producers Angie Fielder, Ted Hope
Writer/Director Kieran Darcy-Smith
Synopsis Two brothers – one out of his depth in a hard world he doesn’t understand, the other recently returned from a period of self-imposed exile – struggle to redress the fallout from a past family tragedy.

Genre Family Comedy Adventure
Producers Janelle Landers, Aidan O’Bryan
Writer Duncan Kennedy
Synopsis The main ‘stud’ from China’s panda breeding program has lost his interest in the ladies. To save the species (and her job), beautiful hard-working zoologist Li-Chen must travel to Australia to retrieve a replacement panda that was lent to Taronga Zoo. Accompanied by WuHu’s love-struck keeper Mick, the return journey goes hilariously off the rails when the replacement panda goes missing.

Genre Horror
Producer James Brown
Writer Grant Scicluna
Synopsis A group of scientists, accompanied by a journalist, set out to protest the drilling of a cave in Indonesia, a cave teaming with new species. Forced into the cave by the miners, they have to try and get out alive. As one of the group’s mental state deteriorates, she is forced to question what is real and what is in her head.

Genre Comedy
Producer Julie Ryan
Executive Producers Jonathan Page, Bryce Menzies
Writer/Directors Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes
Synopsis Mono, a small-time crook out for revenge, cons Braandi and Telford, a beautiful but naive film student and an out of work method actor, into helping him make his first film. But the team is blissfully unaware that they are taking part in an elaborate fraud and that Mono is producing a ransom plea for a hostage that isn’t even alive.

Genre Comedy
Producer/Writer Patrick McDonald
Synopsis Two hapless animal control ‘professionals’ and lifelong friends are called out to Chinatown for a job, literally, from hell. On meeting up with a beautiful Taoist vampire hunter, they must use all their skills to fight the powerful Triad vampire and save the city.

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