High-profile talent on both sides of the camera punctuates the four feature films, three TV series and a virtual reality project that will share more than $ 6.5 million in production funding from Screen Australia.
The recipients include two Lingo Pictures projects: a second season of Law with Tim Minchin, and an adaptation of Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel The messenger for the ABC. Funding has also been announced for Rolf de Heer’s project The mountain, and the directorial debut of Gracie Otto Seriously red, executive produced by Rose Byrne, now in office.
The feature film projects are completed by that of Goran Stolevski of an age, and Spencer and Lloyd Harvey’s Photo booth.
Screen Australia’s chief content officer Sally Caplan said it was encouraging to see there was no shortage of strong ideas during another difficult year.
“We are proud to announce this impressive roster of some of Australia’s most celebrated talents, including Rose Byrne and Tim Minchin, as well as new voices,” she said.
‘Shot nationwide and featuring a range of genres such as relationship drama, mystery, crime, sci-fi and comedy, these projects are meant to bring gripping, uniquely Australian stories about young and old alike. screens.
“We are impressed by the continued determination of Australian industry during the pandemic, and it is encouraging to see work continuing on screen projects across the country.”
The feature film projects are:
Photo booth: The feature debut by writers / directors Spencer and Lloyd Harvey, based on their original script which won a Nicholl Academy scholarship. This relationship drama centers on Jean Bouchet, a renowned performance artist after her early childbearing years who desperately wants to be a mother – so much so that she is ready to adopt the baby born out of her husband’s infidelity. Jean invites the future Millie to move in with the couple during her pregnancy, leading the three into a complex and morally gray dynamic, which forces them to come to terms with their pasts. The film is produced by Sarah Shaw and Anna McLeish of Carver Films and Cathy Konrad of Treeline Films (Walk the line). Photo booth is funded with support from Screen NSW and Align, with local distribution by Transmission Films and international sales by Bankside Films.
of an age: A feature film from the team behind the next feature film You will not be alone – writer / director Goran Stolevski collaborating with producers Kristina Ceyton and Samantha Jennings of Causeway Films. Located in Melbourne in the summer of 1999, of an age follows an unexpected and intense 24-hour romance between a 17-year-old Serbian ballroom dancer and his best friend’s older brother. A decade later, the couple meet for a bittersweet reunion. This project is funded with support from Film Victoria, with local distribution by Bonsai Films and international sales by Bankside Films.
Seriously red: A feature film with Krew Boylan, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Celeste Barber, and Thomas Campbell. The story centers on Red, a lively but at times misguided redhead who pours herself a cup of ambition and trades her nine-to-five real estate career for a life in the limelight as a Dolly Parton impersonator. Written by Boylan, Seriously Red is directed by Gracie Otto and produced by Robyn Kershaw and Jessica Carrera. Byrne is also an executive producer with Sonia Borella and Timothy White. With a catalog of classic hits from Dolly Parton, Seriously red is the first feature film from Dollhouse Pictures, founded by Boylan, Byrne, Carrera and Otto with filmmaker Shannon Murphy. Roadshow Films will distribute the film in Australia. Arclight manages international sales.
The mountain: A feature film written, directed, and produced by award-winning filmmaker Rolf de Heer. The mountain tells the story of BlackWoman, who is abandoned in a cage in the middle of the desert. After her escape, she roams the lands and crosses the plague and persecution, to find those who left her to die. Julie Byrne will produce alongside de Heer and Ari Harrison will co-produce. Joint venture between Vertigo Productions and Triptych Pictures, it is funded in association with the South Australian Film Corporation and the Adelaide Film Festival. Umbrella Entertainment will distribute the film in Australia and international sales will be handled by Fandango Sales.
The television projects are:
Anyone’s Daughter: A four-hour miniseries for the Seven Network on the police investigation into the disappearance of young women, written by Michaeley O’Brien and Justin Monjo, and directed by Peter Andrikidis. The producers are Kerrie Mainwaring, Andrikidis, and Jamie Hilton.
The messenger: An eight-part adaptation of Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel of the same name from Lingo Pictures for the ABC. The drama follows Ed Kennedy, whose life is a peaceful routine until playing cards bearing cryptic stains begin to arrive in the mail. Ed makes his way through town aiding and harming (if necessary) until there is only one question left: Who is behind Ed’s mission? The messenger is written for the screen by Sarah Lambert, Kirsty fisher, Kim wilson, and Magda Wozniak. It is produced by Jason Stephens and produced by Helen Bowden, Zusak, Dominika Zusak and Lambert. This project is funded with support from Screen NSW and All3Media International manages international sales.
Amount Series 2: A second eight-part series for Foxtel and Sky UK, with Tim Minchin and Milly Alcock returning as Lucky and Meg. Trading the desert for the scorching tropics of Far North Queensland, Lucky and Meg have taken to the road – and the river – on a mission. Jason Stephens of Lingo Pictures returns as producer, with Meg O’Connell as producer and Helen Bowden of Lingo Pictures as executive producer. Writers on the series include Niki Aken, Ian Meadows, and Natesha Somasundaram, with Minchin also a screenwriter and executive producer. This project is funded in association with Screen Queensland, with funding from Screen NSW, in association with Cutting Edge. Entertainment One (eOne) manages international sales.
The online project is:
VR lustration: A four-part virtual reality animated series for the Facebook Reality Lab Media Studio. The story takes place in The Between, a kingdom where the dead will cleanse themselves or “shine” before moving to pure happiness. When Malcolm slips into The Between, overtaking the protectors guarding him, he puts everything in danger. Lustration VR is adapted from a comic book of the same name published by Gestalt Comics and is created, written and directed by Ryan Griffen with Nayuka Gorrie also attached as a writer. It is produced by Carolina Sorensen and Taryne Laffar and produced by Nathan Anderson, Wolfgang Bylsma and Griffen. This project was developed and produced with assistance from Screenwest and Lotterywest, with support from Screen NSW.