ABC and Create NSW launch Climate Fiction project funding

The ABC and Create NSW have announced a group of Cli-Fi – climate fiction – projects for a new round of funding.

The announcement;

Create NSW and ABC announce Half Hour Drama masterclass attendees and Cli-Fi projects for development

Ten NSW-based filmmaker teams have been selected to attend an expert masterclass as part of the Half Hour Drama development partnership between Create NSW and the ABC, which will see character-driven 30-minute drama series’ with ‘heart and humour’ go into development.

Following the international masterclass from key creators and showrunners of successful local and international productions in mid-2018, up to four projects will be selected to share $100,000 in funding from Create NSW and the ABC to further develop their half hour drama projects.

At the same time, Create NSW, ABC TV and production company Jungle Entertainment have also announced eight new screen projects selected for development under the banner of Cli-Fi, the emerging genre that deals with climate change and global warming.

The eight projects span a variety of themes including mysteries, drama, thrillers and comedies, with leading NSW writers finding inventive narratives to tell compelling climate stories.

Grainne Brunsdon, Acting Executive Director of Create NSW said, “The call for Half Hour Drama pitches received a phenomenal level of interest and it was extremely difficult in selecting our masterclass teams. However, combined with our strong and creative final Cli-Fi projects, we are very excited about the fantastic mix of diverse stories we are taking forward for further development.

“It’s particularly thrilling that the projects announced today encompass both experienced writers, directors and producers as well as new voices in our industry.”

Sally Riley, Head of Scripted (Drama, Comedy and Indigenous) at the ABC said “Distinctive Australian stories are core business for the ABC and these two partnerships with Create NSW present an exciting opportunity to unearth new talent and authentic voices. We are looking forward to working with the selected creators.”

Chloe Rickard, Jungle COO said “Investigating the topic of climate science from a position of fictional drama has been an extremely revealing way to get people thinking laterally about such a critical issue. Jungle Entertainment are extremely excited by the breadth of talented writers and range or genres we’ve been able to unite under our Cli-Fi theme.”

Half Hour Drama Masterclass attendee projects/teams are:

  • Amy is a liar
    • Writer: Monica Zanetti
    • Producer: Nicole Coventry
    • Director: Natalie van den Dungen
  • Attempts
    • Writer/Director: Brooke Nora Goldfinch
    • Writer/Director: Corrie Chen
  • The Disappearance
    • Writer: Paula Abood
    • Writer: Randa Abdel-Fattah
    • Producer Alissar Gazal
  • Double Identity
    • Writer: Charlotte McConaghy
    • Writer: Cyrus Bezyan
    • Producer: Kris Wyld
    • Producer: Antony Ginnane
  • Immortal
    • Producer: Lucy Rennick
    • Producer: Joel Hagen
    • Director/Writer: David Burrowes
  • Maelstrom
    • Writer: Stuart Page
    • Writer/Producer: Jane Allen
    • Director: Catriona McKenzie
  • Perfect
    • Co-Creator/Co-Producer/Writer: Alice Bell
    • Co-Creator/Co-Producer: Imogen Banks
  • Positive
    • Writer: Romina Accurso
    • The S-word
    • Writer: Brooke Wilson
    • Writer: Hamilton Budd
  • You Fucking People
    • Writer: Rebekah Holt
    • Producer: Linda Micsko
    • Director: Jonathan Brough

The Cli-Fi projects are:

  • Captain Barry – Space Explorer
    • Writers: Bjorn Stewart and Kodie Bedford
  • Anthology series (seven projects):
    • Equilibrium
      Writer: Matthew Dabner
    • Exit the Dragon
      Writer: Damien Power
    • Lepers
      Writer: Dr Anita Campbell
    • Look for the Helpers
      Writers: Anya Beyersdorf and Natasha Pincus
    • Offset
      Writer: Alana Valentine
    • The Doomsday Machine or Haley’s Choice
      Writers: Bryan Cockerill and Robert Adams
    • The World Without Us
      Writers: Blake Ayshford and Mireille Juchau

From a Create NSW media release


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