New Greg McLean film among projects to receive Screen Australia funding

Wolf Creek director Greg McLean has received development support from Screen Australia for a new film set in Vietnam.

McLean’s project Black Echoes is among 13 projects to have been selected in the latest round of funding from the national screen agency.

Set in in the Vietnamese countryside, the film is about a group of tourists who go on an adventure into claustrophobic Viet Cong tunnels.

Other projects to receive funding include The Outrageous Barry Rush, directed by Red Dog’s Kriv Stenders, written by Andy Cox and produced by Alan Harris, The Dressmaker by written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and produced by Sue Maslin and the sequel to last year’s online hit, The Tunnel, called  The Tunnel: Dead End by Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey.

SINGLE-PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: FEATURE DEVELOPMENT
ADDITION
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Producers: Bruna Papandrea, Cristina Pozzan
Writer: Harry Cripps
Synopsis: Grace cannot stop counting things. It has cost her her job as a teacher and shut her off from the rest of the world. But meeting Seamus opens up the possibility of a normal life. Unfortunately becoming normal is a lot harder than Grace thought. Based on the novel by Toni Jordan.

BAD ANGEL
Genre: Comedy
Producers: Nicholas Cole, Antonia Barnard
Writer: Shaun Grant
Synopsis: The transformation of Angelo d’Angelo, a New York hit man who is unwittingly embraced into the bosom of a simple, rural Australian community. For the first time, Angelo learns that love and family are just as effective as any weapon he’s ever known.

BLACK ECHOES
Genre: Horror
Producers Murray Pope, Michael Robertson
Writers: Shayne Armstrong, Shane Krause
Director: Greg McLean
Synopsis: A group of international tourists are taken off the beaten path to an isolated village deep in the Vietnamese countryside where they experience a Viet Cong tunnel crawl that makes the famous Cu Chi tunnels seem like a playground… tighter, more claustrophobic, scarier. They get their money’s worth and then some!

BOGAN WEDDING
Genre: Comedy
Writer: Jules Duncan

THE DRESSMAKER
Genre: Drama
Producer: Sue Maslin
Writer/Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse
Synopsis: A bittersweet tragic-comedy about a glamorous young woman who returns, after many years in Europe, to her small home town in rural Australia in order to right some wrongs from the past. When Tilly comes home she not only heals her ailing mother, but with her sewing machine, and haute couture style, transforms the women of the town in such a way that she gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. She also falls unexpectedly in love, which leads to her greatest loss and her most destructive deed. Based on the acclaimed novel by Rosalie Ham.

JULIAN CORKLE IS A FILTHY LIAR
Genre: Comedy
Producers: Marian Macgowan, Sarah Radclyffe
Writer: Mark Herman
Synopsis: A romp through family life and black-sheepedness in small town Tasmania in the 1980s. Based on the bestselling novel by DJ Connell.

LAST CAB TO DARWIN
Genre: Drama
Producer/Writer/Director: Jeremy Sims
Producer: Greg Duffy
Executive Producer: Ian Darling
Writer: Reg Cribb
Synopsis: Max, a taciturn Broken Hill cabbie, has never done anything with his life. He’s in love with his neighbour Polly, but he’s never told anyone, not even himself. He thinks he’ll live and die alone in Broken Hill. Then something happens that forces Max to go on an extraordinary journey – a journey that shows him, and us, that it’s never too late to change your life.

OUT WEST
Genre: Comedy
Producers: Catriona Hughes, Leesa Kahn, Terry Jennings
Writer/Director: Alister Grierson
Synopsis: Two corrupt ex-cops travel to Coober Pedy with a bag of cash and play chicken with vengeful bikies, thieves, a yakuza wannabe, sociopathic rednecks and a rather short-tempered, one-armed deaf guy.

THE OUTRAGEOUS BARRY RUSH
Genre: Adventure
Producer: Alan Harris
Writer: Andy Cox
Director: Kriv Stenders

PLATES DAY
Genre: Black Comedy
Producer: Jenny Day
Writer/Director: Bruce Petty
Synopsis: An animated feature film from Bruce Petty about the certainties we search for and the fantasies we can’t live without.

SCARY GIRL
Genre: Children’s Animation
Producer: Sophie Byrne
Executive Producer: Steven DeNure
Writer: Polly Watkins
Creator: Nathan Jurevicius
Synopsis: Ten-year-old Arkie’s quest to find her friend Blister takes her into a strange and beautiful world, in which she must overcome her darkest fears in order to save him and fulfil her destiny. Based on the hugely popular graphic novel by Nathan Jurevicius.

THE TUNNEL: DEAD END
Genre: Horror
Producer/Writers: Enzo Tedeschi, Julian Harvey
Executive Producers: Jonathan Chissick, Peter Thompson
Director: Carlo Ledesma
Synopsis: In 2008, Lindsay watched her brother vanish in the dark tunnels beneath Sydney. Now she’s looking for answers – but what happens if the answers find her first?

WHAT ALICE FORGOT
Genre: Comedy Drama
Producer: Vincent Sheehan (Porchlight Films)
Writer: Pip Karmel

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