Banijay Group prodco Screentime has secured financial support from Screen Australia, ABC Arts and Create NSW for a docuseries focused on gifted children.
Making Child Prodigies (pictured) follows a group of children across Sydney, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Port Macquarie and New York as they pursue ambitions in dance, sports, music, fine art and academia. The six-part series looks to investigate the family conditions that can prepare children to reach their full potential.
The series has begun production and will debut on Australian pubcaster ABC in 2018. Screentime’s head of non-fiction Jennifer Collins serves as executive producer. Jeff Siberry serves as series producer, and Niahmh Linnie is producer. Helen Barrow is field director.
“While prodigies are rare, every parent can relate to wanting an environment within which their children can excel – but for parents of prodigies, there are a unique set of challenges,” said Collins. in a statement. “Introducing six extraordinary children, the series will shed a light on what it really takes to help a talented child fulfil their potential.”
Screen Australia’s senior manager of documentary Liz Stevens says, “We were attracted to this project for not only providing fascinating insights into that timeless curiosity – the wünderkind – but also because it asks important questions about the pressure on children to be exceptional.”
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