Screen Australia announced today that almost $400,000 in development support for 16 feature projects, enabling filmmakers to take their scripts to the next stage towards production readiness.
10 new projects have been added to the development slate, while six of these were already receiving ongoing support.
Amongst the new projects, there’s a musical from Red Dog director Kriv Stenders called Synchronicity, set to the music of Kylie Minogue! There’s also Choir of Hard Knocks to be directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (Burning Man), and untitled project from the Edgerton brothers and psychological thriller Disquiet from Julia Leigh (Sleeping Beauty), based on one of her own novels.
SINGLE-PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: FEATURE DEVELOPMENT
ALEX AND EVE
Genre Romantic Comedy
Producer Murray Fahey
Executive Producer Bill Kritharas
Writer Alex Lykos
Co-writer Geoffrey Atherden
Director Peter Andrikidis
A Greek Orthodox boy falls in love with a Lebanese Muslim girl creating a mismatch made in heaven. Based on the hugely crowd-pleasing play of the same name.
Producer Jamie Hilton
Writer/Director Michael Petroni
Senior clinical psychologist Peter Bower’s life is in turmoil when he reluctantly accepts that all his patients are ghosts. Upon further investigation he discovers they all died on the same day. In a spine-tingling, supernatural thriller, Peter travels back to his past to confront a secret he has kept for 20 years.
BANJO & MATILDA
Genre Action Romance
Producer Bill Leimbach
Writer David Roach
Director Bruce Beresford
It’s 1895 in Central Queensland and, with the country in turmoil, a young city poet and journalist travels to a remote sheep station to track down a political agitator. When the clashes between union shearers and landowners turn to violence, a man is found dead in a billabong. Was it suicide or murder? Based on the extraordinary true story of Banjo Paterson, Samuel Hoffmeister and Waltzing Matilda.
Producer Melanie Coombs
Writer/Director Cris Jones
After a road accident on the highway, a young man finds himself trapped in a strange, remote town where nothing – and no one – is as it seems.
CHOIR OF HARD KNOCKS
Producer Marian Macgowan
Executive Producer Jason Stephens
Writer Pip Karmel
Director Jonathan Teplitzky
A disparate and desperate group of people transcend their hopelessness and band together to find their voice, rediscovering, under the baton of their choirmaster, a dignity and purpose that their ravaged lives had threatened to destroy.
Genre Science Fiction
Producer Lisa Shaunessy
Executive Producer Michael Rymer
Co-producer James Whitlam
Writer/Director Seth Larney
The son of a scientist is called to the future to solve the world’s oxygen crisis and save the woman he loves.3/4
Genre Psychological Horror
Writer/Director Julia Leigh
A haunting tale of a family in extremis, based on her own novel.
THE GLASS BLOWER
Producer Paul Sullivan
Writer/Director Denie Pentecost
Twenty-year-old Nicole is a cleaner at a prestigious art college but dreams of becoming a glass blower. When a new teacher, Kiera, discovers her talent Nicole accepts her help and they form an unconventional relationship leading Nicole to a buried secret that has been kept from her since she was a child.
JOE CINQUE’S CONSOLATION
Genre Crime Drama
Producer Sue Murray
Writers Matt Rubinstein, Sotiris Dounoukos
Director Sotiris Dounoukos
Synopsis In early 1997, Anu Singh, a young law student at the Australian National University, began to tell many people she was planning to kill herself. As her mental and emotional state disintegrated, her plans grew more bizarre and macabre, concerning her boyfriend Joe Cinque. In October she knocked Joe out with Rohypnol and then injected him with a lethal dose of heroin. Nobody tried to stop her.
Writer Duncan Kennedy
A MURDER OF CROWS
Producers Murray Pope, Michael Robertson
Writers Shayne Armstrong, Shane Krause
Director Nick Robertson
NIM’S ISLAND: THE RETURN OF THE PIRATES
Producers Chris Brown, Tom Hoffie
Writer Ray Boseley
Director Brendan Maher
A sequel to the hugely popular family film Nim’s Island.
THE POST OFFICE
Genre Romantic Comedy
Producers Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford
Writers Emma Vuletic, Justine Flynn
Producers Leesa Kahn, Catriona Hughes
Executive Producer Greg Coote
Writer Marissa Goodhill
Director Kriv Stenders
Set to the hit music of pop star Kylie Minogue, this musical spectacular follows 17-year-old Kylie Power, who, upon moving to her father’s hometown of Sydney, is given one last chance to pursue her dream of becoming a synchronised swimming champion.
UNTITLED AUSTRALIAN PROJECT
Genre Black Comedy4/4
Producer Matthew Reeder
Executive Producer Greg McLean
Writer/Director Abe Forsythe
A dark comedy about racism set during the Cronulla riots.
UNTITLED LUCKY PROJECT
Producer Nash Edgerton
Writers Nash Edgerton, Joel Edgerton