Screen Australia is investing almost $8 million in 11 new projects, five of them documentaries. Two National Documentary Programs are receiving support: Charles Bean’s Great War from producer John Moore and director Wain Fimeri and Second Australians (w/t) from producers Alex West and Lucy Maclaren. The first looks at the legacy of WWI correspondent and historian Charles Bean, while the second documentary tells the story of the birth of modern migrant Australia. Three documentaries in the Special Documentary Fund program also received funding. Ballad of a Locust Hunting Man, from Looking Glass Pictures, producer Mitzi Goldman and director Robert Nugent, explores a personal journey into the myth of the locust; Rebel Films’ Then the Wind Changed, from producer Jeni McMahon and writer/director Celeste Geer, focuses on a rural hamlet devastated by Victoria’s 2009 fires, and Circe Films’ Triangle Wars, from executive producer Guillaume Catala and director Rosie Jones, documents the battle over Melbourne’s beachfront ‘St Kilda Triangle’ site.
- IDFA ’17