Screen Australia Commit To $20 Million Investment

David Michod's follow-up to 'Animal Kingdom' included amongst the twelve new film and television investments announced for funding.


Screen Australia has announced a $20 million investment into twelve new film and television projects. With a diverse slate covering features, adult television drama projects and children's television series, the investment will trigger $100 million in production. The commitment from Screen Australia will create 66 hours of television alone, generating budgets of $73.6 million.

The feature films approved include writer/director David Michod's (pictured) follow-up to Animal Kingdom, a futuristic western titled The Rover. Produced by Michôd, Animal Kingdom's Liz Watts and David Linde from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the feature stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.

Felony is a crime drama from producer Rosemary Blight (The Sapphires), producer/writer/actor Joel Edgerton and Noise director Matthew Saville, while Healing is a redemption story set in a prison that teams producer/writer/director Craig Monahan, producer Tait Brady and writer Alison Nisselle with a cast including Hugo Weaving and Don Hany from the SBS drama East West 101.

The fourth feature is a documentary drama called Aim High In Creation from writer/director Anna Broinowski (Forbidden Lies) and producer Lizzette Atkins. A documentary-drama about the unexplored cinema of North Korea, it covers the making of a film-within-a-film based on the rules of Kim Jon-il's manifesto The Cinema And Directing.

"These four highly engaging and diverse Australian stories have huge potential," enthuses Screen Australia's Chief Executive Ruth Harley. "The Rover is a powerful well-crafted script from a talented team with an impressive cast. Anna Broinowski's Aim High in Creation is a distinctive, ambitious film with a humorous and entertaining story. Felony has international breakout potential and Healing promises to be a highly emotional and moving story on screen."

Adult television drama investments include director Kevin Carlin's modern re-imagining of the popular Prisoner series called Wentworth for FOXTEL, and Gallipoli - a four-part Nine Network mini-series based on the book by Les Carlyon.

SBS's Better Man is a four part true-crime drama about the devastating consequences of Van Nguyen's attempt to traffic heroin from Cambodia to Australia, while the ABC telemovie biopic Parer's War tells the story of World War II frontline cameraman Damien Parer's desperate efforts to reveal the savage truth of battle. The ABC's Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries based on the novels of Australian author Kerry Greenwood has also been approved for a second season.

The three children's television investments are live action series that include The Lost Boys, an ABC series about four boys who suddenly find themselves in an alternate world, Network Ten's Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures based on the books by popular children's author Justin D'Ath, and comedy drama The Worst Year Of My Life - Again for the ABC.

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