23 projects, totalling over $142m in Australian production activity, will share in over $17m of production investment in the latest funding round from Screen Australia.
“This slate represents the most money we have ever invested in adult TV drama in a single round. Indeed in the ten years Screen Australia has been operating, the near $20m we have invested in adult TV drama in the 2017/18 financial year is an all-time record,” said Graeme Mason, CEO of Screen Australia.
All up, six films, ten television series and seven online productions have benefited from the current funding round. Highlights include Aquarius Films’ upcoming tween TV series The Unlisted, which sees a team of vigilante children take on an oppressive surveillance state; drama miniseries The Hunt, by Rebecca Summerton and Sophie Hyde of Closer Productions, which deals with sexting and revenge porn; and Stan’s upcoming supernatural drama Bloom, which sees the residents of a flood-ravaged town discover what seems to be the secret of eternal youth.
Acclaimed morning show satire Get Krack!n, by Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan, is getting a second season, while The Blake Mysteries is also returning, with Nadine Garner stepping into the title role. Also making a comeback is beloved lo-fi animated short series Beached Az, from the team behind Bondi Hipsters, with a third series titled 10 Year Beached Aziversary.
On commercial TV Playing For Keeps on Ten is a melodramatic ‘telenovela’ style series that looks at the AFL from the WAGs’ perspective, promising “…female-skewed, heightened drama [that] takes no prisoners…”.
Feature films who got a cash injection include Kriv Stenders’ Vietnam War drama Danger Close; Rams, an English-language version of the Icelandic arthouse hit, to be directed by Jeremy Sims; and emerging director Maziar Lahooti’s first feature film Below, a near-future thriller set in a detention centre.
For information on all the projects funded in this round, head over to the Screen Australia site.