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Emerging documentary makers given an Opening Shot for ABC2 series

Screen Australia and ABC TV today announced a line-up of five compelling half-hour documentaries for ABC2's new prime time Opening Shot series.

The stories, told by young emerging documentary makers in this insightful and entertaining series, are currently in production and will air mid 2012 on ABC2.

ABC2 Controller, Stuart Menzies, said, “ABC2 is the natural home for Opening Shot – new stories, new film makers and challenging ideas.”

ABC TV Head of Documentaries, Alan Erson, said, “We are always on the lookout for new talent and it’s invigorating to be working with up-and-coming producers and directors.”

Screen Australia’s Documentary Manager, Liz Stevens, said, “With well over 100 applications received, the next generation of filmmakers certainly have a lot to say on all aspects of life and society. They’re edgy and direct films and I’m really looking forward to seeing them on screen.”

The documentaries include:

Dating the H-Bomb by LaLa Pictures 
Producer Andrew Arbuthnot; Director Jay Court
Ordinary Australians, voiced through puppets, candidly share the lighter side of loving while living with the taboo herpes virus.

The Disassembly Line by Projector Films
Producer Daniel Joyce; Director Madeleine Parry
Madeleine Parry, documentarian and one-time slaughter woman, enlists at her local abattoir to reveal the hidden experience of the men who kill what we eat.

Future Radicals by Renegade Films (Australia) 
Producer Kate Pappas; Director/Writer Ben Eriksen
A group of masked vigilantes who call themselves ‘Anonymous’, are taking a stand on the issues of online censorship.

Project Baby by Secret Key Films 
Producer Katrina Lucas; Director/Writer Shalom Almond
Filmmaker Shalom Almond documents her own process and personal ethics as she attempts to start a family using controversial Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis IVF.

Queen of the Desert by 360 Degree Films
Producer Josephine Wright, Director Alex Kelly
‘Starlady’, a youthworker on a mission to bring wild fashion to remote indigenous communities.

Click here for more information on the Opening Shot Initiative.