Screen Australia has announced the investment in 28 projects of almost $18 million, including five feature films, five TV dramas, one children’s TV series and 17 documentaries. Screen Australia’s investment will trigger production worth almost AUS$84.5 million. Projects that were funded through the National Documentary Program are: Australia on Trial, from December Films and Essential Media; Kapyong from director Dennis K Smith; Prospero Productions’ The Man Who Jumped; Utopia Girls from Renegade Films and Vietnam: The War Between Australia and the USA from November Films. Domestic documentaries receiving funding are Country Town Rescue from Zapruder’s Other Films; Bearcage Films’ The Digger – A History for the Title; Cordell Jigsaw Productions’ Go Back to Where You Came From; A Lat Unto Himself from Carolyn Johnson Films; Lowlands Media’s Mad as Hell: The Peter Finch Story and Nirvana Films’ Ochre and Ink. International docs receiving funding include Freehand Productions’ In the Wild, Prospero Productions’ SAS: The Search for Warriors and Ultramarine Films’ Shark Harbour. Documentary special initiatives to be funded include Flying Fish Films’ Mongolian Bling, NicNat Films’ The Tote Documentary and Welcome to Mapworld from CraigFX Pty Ltd.
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