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Screen Australia unveils funding for 12 documentaries

Screen Australia has announced AUS$1.3 million of production funding for 11 documentaries funded through its Producer program and one through its Commissioned program. The project receiving Commissioned program funding is season ...
September 9, 2020

Screen Australia has announced AUS$1.3 million of production funding for 11 documentaries funded through its Producer program and one through its Commissioned program.

The project receiving Commissioned program funding is season two of Love on the Spectrum, from Northern Pictures and the creative team of director/producer Cian O’Clery, producer Jenni Wilks and executive producer Karina Holden for Australia’s ABC. The series also streamed its first season on Netflix.

The 11 projects receiving funding from the Producer program include: Logan Documentary (w/t) from writer/director Sari Braithwaite, with producer Chloe Brugale and executive producers Robert Connolly and Robert Patterson of Arenamedia; feature doc Meet the Wallers from director/producer Jim Stevens, writer/producer Gil Scrine of Petrie Street Pictures, and executive producer Trish Lake; feature doc MuM – Misunderstandings of Miscarriage from Neon Jane for Stan and the creative team of writer/director Tahyna MacManus, producer Kelly Tomasich and executive producers Jennifer Cummins and Michael Lawrence; Phil Liggett: The Voice of Cycling, a feature doc from writer/director Eleanor Sharpe and producer Nickolas Bird; Revenge: My Dad, the Nazi Killer, a doc from writer, director and producer Danny Ben-Moshe and producer Lizzette Atkins; six-part AR series Rewild from director/producer Rayyan Roslan, director/writer Trent Clews-de Castella, director Joseph Purdam, writer/producer Angie Davis, writer Gemma Hannan and producer Blair Burke; and Stage Changers from director/producer Ella Wright, and producers Aidan O’Bryan and Janelle Landers of WBMC.

Remaining films receiving funding in the Producers program are: three-part online docuseries Strong Women (pictured), written, directed and produced by Corinne Innes and Alexandra Gaulupeau, and produced by Ann Megalla; The Department, directed by Sascha Ettinger Epstein and produced by Mary Macrae and Ian Darling (Shark Island Productions); five-part short doc series There Is No ‘I’ in Island from writer, director and producer Rebecca Thomson and producer Catherine Pettman; and feature doc Under Cover from writer, director and producer Sue Thomson and producer Adam Farrington-Williams, and producer Alexandra Curtis.

The Producer program is intended to provide producers with foundational funding required to leverage projects creatively and commercially. Marketplace attachment is not needed at the application stage.

Meanwhile, the Commissioned program is intended to support a diverse range of quality projects for television broadcast, airing on streaming platforms or similar outlets. A local presale with a minimum license fee is required at the application stage.

Bernadine Lim, head of documentary for Screen Australia, said in a statement: “The projects in this slate not only shine a light on social issues but also offer a number of personal experiences and family stories that I’m confident will inspire important conversations.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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