The Guardian and Screen Australia have announced funding for two 30-minute films through their joint online documentary initiative: JUVIE and Movement at the Station.
The initiative is intended to help Australian filmmakers reach an international audience – with both docs streaming for free on The Guardian‘s website later in 2021.
JUVIE looks to the experience of young people dealing with the juvenile justice system. Using animation, stylized interviews and observational material, it will examine their crimes and the circumstances that led to them, as well as their lives post-incarceration.
Director and producer Charby Ibrahim (Bright Lights) partners with producer Britt Arthur (Paper Trails) and executive producer Jen Peedom (Mountain) on the project.
Movement at the Station, meanwhile, follows New South Wales stockman Joe Hughes, a man who rescues Australian brumbies (horses) and trains them using an unorthodox horse whispering technique. Through his horse-based therapy, he has helped treat people living with a range of disorders, including depression, addiction and trauma.
The team behind the film are writer, director and producer Pete Ward, producer Lisa Shaunessy (2067, Killing Ground) and writer/producer Sam Emery.
Screen Australia’s head of documentary, Bernadine Lim, said in a statement: “Charby Ibrahim is an exciting rising talent who brings his experience working in the juvenile justice system to offer insights into the lives of young people in JUVIE; and Movement at the Station will showcase Australia’s own ‘horse whisperer’ and the bond that can be achieved between horses and humans.”
Guardian head of docs, Lindsay Poulton, added: “Both films have talented filmmaking teams behind them, telling original stories with urgent contemporary themes. I’m excited to bring these films to our global audience.”
Previous Australian documentaries commissioned by The Guardian include Where The River Runs Red and Lost Rambos.
Photo: JUVIE director Charby Ibrahim and DoP Vincent Lamberti/courtesy Screen Australia