SPAA reveals seven projects to be showcased

spaa_conference_logoSeven film projects have been selected to be put in the shop window at this year’s Screen Producers Association of Australia conference.

SPAAmart, which runs alongside the SPAA conference features projects which are in an advanced state of production.

The criteria for being featured is that they are “well developed, distinctive, fresh and with the potential to be highly attractive to their intended audiences.”

The conference takes place in Sydney from November 13 to 16.

The seven selected projects are:  

  • THE ROOM Producer Matt Carroll; Directors Ian Watson and Andrew Hellen
  • MY MISTRESS Producer Leanne Tonkes; Director Stephen Lance
  • UNO Producer Stuart Scowcroft; Director Giotto Barbieri
  • WAKE UP DEAD Producers Joel Cohn and Josh Butt; Director Joel Cohen
  • RED CAR Producer Tony Leach; Director Paul Elliott
  • BOYS CLUB Producers Karin Altmann and Sue Maslin; Director Marcus Cole
  • ALEX AND EVE Producer Murray Fahey; Director Peter Andrikidis

SPAAmart director Julie Marlow said: “We have seven projects here that represent the quality and diversity of Australian projects in development. All are extremely distinctive and cinematic, and genres represented include science fiction, broad comedy, noir thriller, techno horror and relationships drama.”


  1. Tony Morphett
    6 Oct 11
    10:50 am

  2. How about telling us who wrote the screenplays?

  3. Richard Hyde
    6 Oct 11
    1:23 pm

  4. Agreed, a most noticeable and disturbing omission.

  5. Robert Broad
    6 Oct 11
    1:30 pm

  6. I agree Tony, every creative talent that is part of making the film still relies on the writer to start the ball rolling.

  7. Marty
    6 Oct 11
    1:37 pm

  8. Tony Morphett, don’t be silly. This is Australia, mate! We don’t care who wrote the scripts. Irrelevant!

  9. Ceinwen Langley
    6 Oct 11
    1:40 pm

  10. You could try respecting the screenwriters and tell us who they are.

  11. Matthew Barker
    6 Oct 11
    1:50 pm

  12. Exactly Tony!!!!!!!!

  13. Tahlia
    6 Oct 11
    4:20 pm

  14. Yes, who are the writers? I think they’re worth a mention.

  15. Blake Ayshford
    6 Oct 11
    4:28 pm

  16. Who were the writers of these projects?

  17. Victoria Madden
    6 Oct 11
    4:56 pm

  18. Obviously the future of film is that we don’t need screen writers – why else would SPAA not feature their names? Shame SPAA.

  19. Giula Sandler
    6 Oct 11
    7:30 pm

  20. Maybe these well developed, distinctive and fresh projects wrote themselves?

  21. Doug
    7 Oct 11
    5:08 pm

  22. Look, this is long as the film looks good who gives a stuff who wrote it. Most Producers think screenplays are written by well trained monkeys anyway. In this world everybody is a screenwriter and they have a script burning to get out…who actually writers the thing is irrelevant. As soon as we can find a way to have robots write scripts the better off the whole industry will be. A producer will be able to punch in the genre, level of drama and dialogue desired and the screenplay will spit out of a whole in the wall..shrink wrapped of course.

  23. Annie Fox
    7 Oct 11
    8:24 pm

  24. Very disappointing press release from SPAA. Let’s hope they take the opportunity to apologise and follow up with another Press Release telling us who the Writers are. Remember Producers and Directors – without writers you have nothing!

  25. Ann Nolan
    14 Oct 11
    2:29 pm

  26. What a disgrace SPAA. Where is the writers mentioned. If anyone should be mentioned its them. They’ve probably given hours and hours of their life rapping on a keyboard to come up with these scripts and the producers and directors waltz in and get the credit. Rectify this- with an apology.

  27. Leanne Tonkes
    18 Oct 11
    11:23 pm

  28. My Mistress was written by Gerard Lee

  29. Denis Whitburn
    19 Oct 11
    8:37 am

  30. DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD daily reports on ‘done deals’ for movies and TV shows, the production companies/producers AND writers – ‘the team’, as such fueling the creative engine in an industry (U.S.) in which, particularly in cable TV, hotbed of highly original filmed drama, the writer is held in the highest esteem (as many of the hit productions derive from their fertile and sometimes weird, offbeat minds). Were the local writers to be held in this same, or even similar, standing, all SPAA had to do nearly two weeks back when Tony raised this issue was say, “Oops, sorry folks, here’s a new listing of the projects – producers, writers, directors.”

  31. kristen Dunphy
    27 Oct 11
    2:48 pm

  32. It really says it all, doesn’t it? At least now it’s right out there for everyone to see. Screenwriters only count for a very small window of time when an real IDEA
    (as opposed to a vague subject area masquerading as an idea) is needed, a story developed and a screenplay written. After that, the door is firmly closed and the screenwriter is no longer part of what has suddenly become the producer and director’s ‘vision’. We are no longer relevant. In fact, as SPAA has so accurately shown, we no longer exist…

    (Except for that incessant, barely audible ‘whinging’ coming from some distant corner…’All quiet on the set please! What’s that nobody carrying on about the other side of the door? Somebody bury them. Sorry – what? Oh okay – just get them to go away then. Until next time we need a story.)