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07 09 2016 - Media release

Here Come The Habibs… and Helen Mirren!


The latest in Screen Australia funding will see Oscar-winner Helen Mirren returning to film in Australia for the first time since 1969’s The Age of Consent with supernatural thriller Winchester from the Spierig brothers. Also on the horizon: classic Australian stories are lighting up the screen with Picnic At Hanging Rock and Wake In Fright newly adapted for TV, and Tim Winton’s Dirt Music adapted for film; a new feature in development for BAFTA-nominated documentarian Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa); and another season of Channel Nine’s Here Come The Habibs.

A total of five features and five television projects were approved for Production Investment at the Screen Australia board meeting on Monday September 5. They are in addition to a number of development projects that secured funding in recent months.

Amongst the successful feature projects in this round of Production Investment funding were:

Click here to see further information about this round of Production Investment feature projects.

Amongst the successful television projects in this round of Production Investment funding were:

Click here to see further information about this round of Production Investment TV projects.

Meanwhile, the Family Films Initiative – announced in October 2015 to develop a new wave of Australian family films – has concluded following a two-stage selection process. From 93 applications, three projects will be funded to develop a polished draft script with the guidance of industry mentors. The projects are:

Click here to see further information about the Family Film projects.

The most recent, March to June 2016, Story Development round saw 18 projects share in over $500,000 worth of funding. Funded projects include Tenzing, the latest from Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa) and writer Luke Davies (Lion), based on the inspiring true story of the Tibetan yak herder who was the first person to climb Mount Everest; tense psychological thriller The Lost Swimmer from producer Sue Maslin (The Dressmaker) and author Ann Turner; and Zero Night from writer Yolanda Ramke (Cargo) and producers Simonne Overend and Ian Collie (Saving Mr Banks), an action-adventure drama about British and American soldiers who stage an escape from a prisoner-of-war camp during WWII.

Click here to see further information about this round of Story Development projects.

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