Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

Screen Australia announces $1 million of story development funding for 33 projects

15/08/2022

15 08 2022 - Media release Screen Australia announces $1 million of story development funding for 33 projects

Bear the Dog

Screen Australia has announced over $1 million of development funding for 19 feature films, 13 television dramas and one feature-length project to be released online. The projects include the first feature film from Aunty Donna's production company Haven't You Done Well Productions with The Alien Abduction of Emily Hill; the producers of Nude Tuesday teaming up on dark dystopian comedy The Border; and a young-adult dramedy about out-and-proud teenager Terry facing his bullies in The Outrageously Fabulous World of Terry Logan.

Also announced today are the seven successful teams to receive development funding through SBS, NITV and Screen Australia's Digital Originals initiative for 2022, with more information below.

Screen Australia's Head of Development Louise Gough said, We're pleased to announce this exciting mix of projects from experienced creatives on track to take their premium and distinct Australian stories global, as well as from up and coming talent with bold concepts with the potential to cut through.

Knowing your audience is fundamental to a project's success, and we're pleased to see applications coming in with bespoke pathways to engage viewers for niche and wide audiences. We'd love to see more projects being conceived and developed for a range of ages, especially stories for children, families and young adults. We encourage online creators to engage with us for development funding as they move their projects towards production.

This slate includes the remainder of projects funded in the 2021/22 financial year during which Screen Australia supplied $2.4 million of story development funding.

Among the titles receiving funding are five projects that came through Screen Australia and Australians in Film's Untapped initiative in 2021: Deadname, How Did We F*ck This Up, Pasa Faho, Unloveable and Salty. More information about these projects is available here. The successful practitioners and projects for Untapped 2022 will be announced in the coming months.

The projects funded for development include:

The Alien Abduction of Emily Hill: A comedy from writers Michelle Brasier (Why Are You Like This) and Sam Lingham (Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun) and the first feature film from Aunty Donna's production arm Haven't You Done Well Productions alongside Pacific Electric Picture Company who previously collaborated on Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun. This sci-fi rom-com follows Emily whose fiance, mid marriage ceremony, is abducted by a beam from the sky, and when it makes the news Emily finds herself sucked into her own bright spotlight of fame. Niki Aken (The Hunting) is attached as executive producer and story editor, with Christiaan Van Vuuren (A Sunburnt Christmas) contributing in the writers' room.

Bear the Dog: A feature film from writer Stuart Beattie (Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan) about a dysfunctional wildlife ranger, Ash, who is paired up with an equally dysfunctional rescue Koolie named Bear, to help rehome koalas. With a bushfire threatening the local koala population, together they learn that the things that make them different are actually their superpowers. Beattie teams up with producer Tracey Vieira (A Perfect Pairing) and executive producers Tracey Robertson, Tracey Vieira and Nathan Mayfield who previously collaborated on Christmas on the Farm, along with executive producers Susan Cartsonis, Brent Emery and Suzanne Farwell (True Spirit).

The Border: A feature film from writer/director Eryk Lenartowicz and writer Yvette Underwood, whose short film Dots screened at Cannes Film Festival in 2018. The Border is a dark comedy set in a dystopian, over-populated city surrounded by a forest inhabited by a terrifying creature that feeds off human sacrifices. In a world where population is strictly controlled and unsanctioned procreation is punishable by death, hopeless romantic Matylda discovers that she is unlawfully pregnant after an awkward one-night stand with Vincent. They are forced to make a choice between the rules of the city and the creature in forest. The Border will be produced by Virginia Whitwell and Nick Batzias of Good Thing Productions (Nude Tuesday).

Two Nations: A feature film inspired by the true story of journalism's most audacious sting. A small town Australian dog food entrepreneur is recruited as a fake pro-gun lobbyist to infiltrate the world's most powerful gun lobby, the NRA. This grounded, comedic thriller is the story of one man searching for a purpose, one nation understanding how much dirty money is in its political system, and how two nations are irrevocably intertwined. This film is written and directed by Trent O'Donnell (No Activity), produced by Jungle Entertainment with Bridget Callow-Wright (Big Deal) a producer on the project and Jason Burrows (Wakefield) as executive producer.

Wildflowers: The second feature film from writer/director Thomas Wilson-White (The Greenhouse) about Will Beckett, a listless wallflower, who takes a job as an assistant on an international period film shooting in Tasmania and falls into a love affair with the famous male lead. Losing themselves in a gentle and profound romance, the lines between fact and fiction blur and both men are confronted with reality when their time together abruptly comes to an end. Anna Seifert-Speck (Ammonite) is on board as script editor.

The Outrageously Fabulous World of Terry Logan: An eight-part television series about smart, funny 14-year-old Terry Logan who is out and proud at school but is bullied mercilessly for it. Terry finds the courage to face up to a world of bullies with his very own brand of outrageous fabulousness. This dramedy is created and w
LINK: https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/sa/media-centre/news/2022/08-15-scr...
See more stories from screenaustralia

More from Screen Aus

24/11/2022

ABC announces Better Date Than Never

24 11 2022 - Media release ABC announces Better Date Than Never Better Date Than Never Screen Australia and the ABC are thrilled to announce Better Date Tha...

24/11/2022

ABC UNVEILS BOLD NEW DRAMA HOUSE OF GODS

24 11 2022 - Media release ABC UNVEILS BOLD NEW DRAMA HOUSE OF GODS House of Gods co-creator and writer Osamah Sami Screen Australia and the ABC are pleased ...

24/11/2022

MATT OKINE AND DENISE SCOTT STARRING IN REIMAGINING OF MOTHER AND SON

24 11 2022 - Media release MATT OKINE AND DENISE SCOTT STARRING IN REIMAGINING OF MOTHER AND SON Mother and Son's Matt Okine (Arthur) and Denise Scott (Ma...

22/11/2022

Screen Australia and AIDC announce Fresh Cuts Documentary Pitch Initiative

22 11 2022 - Media release Screen Australia and AIDC announce Fresh Cuts Documentary Pitch Initiative Fresh Cuts Documenatry Pitch Initiative Screen Australi...

21/11/2022

Screen Australia and Australian Writers Guild announce The Creators initiative

21 11 2022 - Media release Screen Australia and Australian Writers Guild announce The Creators initiative The Creators initiative Screen Australia and the A...

15/11/2022

Screen Australia, NZ On Air and TikTok announce Every Voice 2022 recipients

15 11 2022 - Media release Screen Australia, NZ On Air and TikTok announce Every Voice 2022 recipients (New Zealand Creatives L-R): Sonya Milford, Sherry Zhan...

10/11/2022

Drama Report 2021/22: Record $2.29 billion spent on drama production in Australia

10 11 2022 - Media release Drama Report 2021/22: Record $2.29 billion spent on d...

02/11/2022

SBS commissions bold new Australian drama anthology Erotic Stories

02 11 2022 - Media release SBS commissions bold new Australian drama anthology Erotic Stories Top (L-R) Niki Aken, Tamara Asmar, Alistair Baldwin, Christine B...

28/10/2022

Six screen creatives announced for Emerging Writers' Incubator initiative

28 10 2022 - Media release Six screen creatives announced for Emerging Writers' Incubator initiative Top (L-R) Skye Leon, Patrick Hogan, Aven Yap Bottom ...

14/10/2022

Instagram and Screen Australia announce recipients of 2022 First Nations Creator Program

14 10 2022 - Media release Instagram and Screen Australia announce recipients of...

13/10/2022

Spooktacular' new series The Spooky Files commissioned by ABC and BBC

13 10 2022 - Media release Spooktacular' new series The Spooky Files commissioned by ABC and BBC (From top left): Guy Edmonds, Matt Zeremes, Paul Watters...

27/09/2022

Nine Australian writers set to accelerate their projects through Impact Australia

27 09 2022 - Media release Nine Australian writers set to accelerate their proje...

27/09/2022

New drama series Prosper announced for Stan

27 09 2022 - Media release New drama series Prosper announced for Stan Lingo Pictures Jason Stephens and Helen Bowden Stan and Lionsgate have commissioned th...

26/09/2022

Screen Australia launches NCIS: Sydney Script Department Program

26 09 2022 - Media release Screen Australia launches NCIS: Sydney Script Department Program Image of Sydney Skyline / Shutterstock Screen Australia has today...

14/09/2022

New drama Human Error greenlit for 9Network

14 09 2022 - Media release New drama Human Error greenlit for 9Network Writers Gregor Jordan, Greg Haddrick and Samantha Winston Screen Australia and 9Networ...

12/09/2022

$900k available for online creators to Skip Ahead

12 09 2022 - Media release $900k available for online creators to Skip Ahead Documentary Bad River funded through Skip Ahead. Applications are now open for t...

07/09/2022

Applications open for Screen Australia's Games: Expansion Pack fund

07 09 2022 - Media release Applications open for Screen Australia's Games: Expansion Pack fund Bits & Bops Screen Australia has announced the Games: Expa...

06/09/2022

Screen Australia announces over $4 million for 30 games through the Games: Expansion Pack fund

19 07 2022 - Media release Screen Australia announces over $4 million for 30 gam...

01/09/2022

Four new documentaries announced for Stans Revealed strand

01 09 2022 - Media release Four new documentaries announced for Stans Revealed strand Danielle Laidley Stan and Screen Australia today announced four brand n...

31/08/2022

Screen Australia announces $12 million of production funding for 9 projects

31 08 2022 - Media release Screen Australia announces $12 million of production funding for 9 projects Total Control Screen Australia has announced four feat...

30/08/2022

UNTAPPED 2022 PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

30 08 2022 - Media release Untapped 2022 Participants Announced Travis Akbar, AP Pobjoy, Alex Wu, Natasha Henry, Michael Hudson, Gina Song Australians in Fil...

26/08/2022

Screen Australia announces Talent USA: New York recipients 2022

26 08 2022 - Media release Screen Australia announces Talent USA: New York recipients 2022 Vonne Patiag, Beck Cole, Ren e Webster Screen Australia has announ...

25/08/2022

Aunty Donna serves up their first narrative comedy series for ABC

25 08 2022 - Media release Aunty Donna serves up their first narrative comedy series for ABC Aunty Donna The ABC and Screen Australia are thrilled to announ...

18/08/2022

Five Australian projects selected for Toronto International Film Festival 2022

18 08 2022 - Media release Five Australian projects selected for Toronto International Film Festival 2022 Blueback Screen Australia congratulates the creativ...

17/08/2022

Screen Australia announces $4 million of production funding for 13 documentaries

17 08 2022 - Media release Screen Australia announces $4 million of production funding for 13 documentaries Rob Collins, The First Inventors The Australian O...

15/08/2022

Screen Australia announces $1 million of story development funding for 33 projects

15 08 2022 - Media release Screen Australia announces $1 million of story develo...

03/08/2022

Screen Australia announces $2 million funding for 9 online projects

03 08 2022 - Media release Screen Australia announces $2 million funding for 9 online projects Ginger & the Vegesaurs series 2 Screen Australia has announced...

21/07/2022

Screen Australia provides $4.4 million to local festivals and events over three years

21 07 2022 - Media release Screen Australia provides $4.4 million to local festi...

19/07/2022

Screen Australia announces over $4 million for 31 games through the Games: Expansion Pack fund

19 07 2022 - Media release Screen Australia announces over $4 million for 31 gam...

18/07/2022

Production is underway as ABC ME is set to Turn Up The Volume

18 07 2022 - Media release Production is underway as ABC ME is set to Turn Up The Volume L-R: Elaine King as Ginger, Mira Russo as Breeze, Ayiana Ncube as Jam...

28/06/2022

Screen Australia, NZ On Air and TikTok announce the return of Every Voice initiative

28 06 2022 - Media release Screen Australia, NZ On Air and TikTok announce the r...

21/06/2022

Impact Australia returns to Melbourne

21 06 2022 - Media release Impact Australia returns to Melbourne Impact Founders Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tyler Mitchell The highly coveted screenwriter acc...

14/06/2022

AFI announces 2022 Screen Australia-AAA-Onbass Fellow

14 06 2022 - Media release AFI announces 2022 Screen Australia-AAA-Onbass Fellow The AFI Conservatory, Julia Corcoran The American Film Institute (AFI) has a...

30/05/2022

Comedy, crime, coming of age among this year's Digital Originals contenders

30 05 2022 - Media release Comedy, crime, coming of age among this year's Digital Originals contenders Digital Original series A Beginner's Guide to G...

27/05/2022

Loss and laughs collide in new ABC series Limbo

27 05 2022 - Media release Loss and laughs collide in new ABC series Limbo Writers Lucas Taylor and Tamara Asmar Ghosts, grief, loss and laughs will collide ...

23/05/2022

Noora Niasaris feature film debut Shayda announced

23 05 2022 - Media release Noora Niasaris feature film debut Shayda announced Writer/director Noora Niasari (Photo credit: Sherwin Akbarzadeh) From a unique ...

18/05/2022

Eric Bana and the team behind box office hit The Dry return for Force of Nature

18 05 2022 - Media release Eric Bana and the team behind box office hit The Dry return for Force of Nature The Dry Made Up Stories, Screen Australia and VicS...

10/05/2022

Screen Australia announces $5.5 million of production funding for eight projects

10 05 2022 - Media release Screen Australia announces $5.5 million of production funding for eight projects Online series No Ordinary Love Screen Australia h...

26/04/2022

SBS Emerging Writers' Incubator returns for Australian screenwriters

26 04 2022 - Media release SBS Emerging Writers' Incubator returns for Australian screenwriters 2021 writers (top L-R) Sebastian Chan, L le Teoman, Nichol...

14/04/2022

Three Thousand Years of Longing joins Elvis at Cannes Film Festival 2022

14 04 2022 - Media release Three Thousand Years of Longing joins Elvis at Cannes Film Festival 2022 Dr George Miller Screen Australia congratulates Dr George...

13/04/2022

Screen Australia announces over $1 million to develop 31 projects

13 04 2022 - Media release Screen Australia announces over $1 million to develop 31 projects Girl, Interpreted Screen Australia has announced over $1 million...

08/04/2022

#MATCHED Season Two wraps production and will launch on TikTok

07 04 2022 - Media release #MATCHED Season Two wraps production and will launch on TikTok #MATCHED cast and crew #MATCHED, the Australian series that became ...

06/04/2022

Applications now open for Talent Gateway and Global Producers Exchange 2022

06 04 2022 - Media release Applications now open for Talent Gateway and Global Producers Exchange 2022 Screen Australia and Australians in Film (AiF) have ann...

01/04/2022

ABC Kids greenlights second season of Kangaroo Beach

01 04 2022 - Media release ABC Kids greenlights second season of Kangaroo Beach Kangaroo Beach ABC, Screen Australia and Cheeky Little Media are pleased to a...

31/03/2022

Screen Australia appoints Christopher Sharp as Head of Scripted

31 03 2022 - Media release Screen Australia appoints Christopher Sharp as Head of Scripted Christopher Sharp Screen Australia is pleased to announce that Chr...

30/03/2022

Screen Australia announces over $2.7 million for 9 documentaries

30 03 2022 - Media release Screen Australia announces over $2.7 million for 9 documentaries The Wiggles Screen Australia has announced more than $2.7 million...

24/03/2022

Screen Australia announces dramas Black Snow and Year Of for Stan

24 03 2022 - Media release Screen Australia announces dramas Black Snow and Year Of for Stan Year Of Screen Australia and Stan have announced two new Austral...

10/03/2022

Screen Australia launches Games: Expansion Pack fund to support Australian games

10 03 2022 - Media release Screen Australia launches Games: Expansion Pack fund to support Australian games L to R: Ron Curry (CEO, IGEA), Matt Giblin (Senior...

09/03/2022

Rachel Griffiths discovers Australia's Great Southern Landscapes on ABC

08 03 2022 - Media release Rachel Griffiths discovers Australia's Great Southern Landscapes on ABC Rachel Griffiths ABC and Screen Australia are delighte...

08/03/2022

Screen Australia launches Credit Maker program for female directors, cinematographers and composers

08 03 2022 - Media release Screen Australia launches Credit Maker program for fe...