Screen Australia backs six new projects

National funding agency Screen Australia has announced A$15.5m funding for investment in big and small screen scripted projects, including five drama series and one two-part TV movie.

Screen Australia

Screen Australia

The television investment includes ANZAC Girls, a six-part period drama for ABC about the Australian and New Zealand women who worked as nurses during World War One.

It is produced by AG TV, part of Screentime, with producers Lisa Scott and Felicity Packard. The writers are Packard and Niki Aken. The international distributor is All3Media International.

Catching Milat is a two-part TV movie based on the investigation that led to the arrest of serial killer Ivan Milat. It is produced for the Seven Network by Shine Australia, with producer Kerrie Mainwaring and written by Justin Monjo.
Shine International will have worldwide sales rights.

Comedy drama Danger 5, which airs on SBS, has received Screen Australia funding for a second season, produced by Kate Croser and writers Dario Russo and David Ashby. The show, which will be sold by SBS Content Sales, is set in a world where Adolf Hitler is alive in the 1980s.

The Gallipoli Story, a four-part miniseries for Foxtel, is about three journalists sent with troops to Gallipoli in 1915 and how they changed the course of the war through their search for the truth. It is produced by Matchbox Pictures with producers Penny Chapman, John Schwarz and Jacquelin Perske.

The writers are Jacquelin Perske, Shaun Grant, Cate Shortland and Stuart Beattie, and the executive producers are Sam Worthington, Penny Win, Michael McMahon, Michael Schwarz and Luca Scalisi. NBCUniversal International Television Distribution is the distributor.

Love Child is an eight-part series for Nine Network set in 1969 in Kings Cross as Australia came of age with a new generation that wasn’t afraid to break the rules. It is produced by David Maher, David Taylor, Sarah Lambert and Sue Seeary, and written by Tim Pye, Liz Doran and Sarah Lambert.

It is produced by Playmaker Media and sold by All3Media International.

Coming to Network Ten is Party Tricks, a six-part series about a woman’s campaign to be the next State Premier and the complications arise when her former lover becomes leader of the opposition. The producers are John Edwards and Imogen Banks, with writer Michael Lucas.

Southern Star Entertainment is producing, with distributor Endemol Worldwide Distribution also on board.

Source: Screen Australia