Ivan Milat telemovie and Ten’s new political drama revealed

A telemovie focussing on serial killer Ivan Milat and a political drama series have been announced along with funding for existing feature films and other television projects.

The 12 projects, which includes three feature films and three children’s TV programs, have been given a share in $15.5 million by the Australian Government.

One of the projects, Catching Milat, will be produced by Shine Australia and directed by Peter Andrikidis. The two-part series will be created for the Seven Network with Kerrie Mainwaring acting as producer, and will be written by Justin Monjo.

Asher Keddie And Rodger Corser are attached to Party Tricks, produced by Southern Star Entertainment Pty Ltd for Channel Ten. The six-part drama focuses on a female politician whose ex-lover runs against her during an election campaign.

The funding was distributed by Screen Australia as part of the 2013/14 investment cycle.

The list of projects given funding:



  • Arenamedia Pty Ltd
  • Producers Robert Connolly, Maggie Miles, Liz Kearney
  • Writers Robert Connolly, Steve Worland
  • Director Robert Connolly
  • International Sales Arclight Films
  • Australian Distributor Footprint Films
  • Synopsis Young Dylan, from a small outback town, dreams of competing in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.


  • Flood Projects
  • Producers Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody
  • Writers Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody
  • Directors Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody
  • International Sales XYZ
  • Australian Distributor Madman Entertainment
  • Synopsis A fable of violence and love in modern-day Cambodia.


  • Warp Films Australia Pty Ltd
  • Producers Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw
  • Director Ariel Kleiman
  • Writers Ariel Kleiman, Sarah Cyngler
  • Australian Distributor Madman Entertainment
  • International Sales Protagonist Pictures
  • Synopsis A confronting tale about Alexander who, raised to see the world through Gregori’s eyes, is starting to think for himself.



  • AG TV (SPV of Screentime)
  • Producers Lisa Scott, Felicity Packard
  • Writers Felicity Packard, Niki Aken
  • Directors Ken Cameron, Ian Watson
  • Broadcaster ABC Television
  • Domestic Sales Village Roadshow
  • International Sales ALL3MEDIA
  • Synopsis In World War I, 3000 young Aussie and Kiwi women served as nurses – nearly 300 were decorated for courage beyond the call of duty. But they were also just ordinary girls. A story based on real events and real people.


  • Shine (Aust) Pty Ltd
  • Producer Kerrie Mainwaring
  • Writer Justin Monjo
  • Director Peter Andrikidis
  • Broadcaster Seven Network
  • International Sales Shine International
  • Synopsis This true story of the investigation that leads to the arrest of Ivan Milat details Detective Paul Gordon’s struggle to find the killer – and then convince his bosses he is on the right track.


  • Dinosaur Pty Ltd
  • Producers Kate Croser, Dario Russo
  • Writer Dario Russo, David Ashby
  • Director Dario Russo
  • Broadcaster SBS
  • Domestic Sales SBS Content Sales
  • Synopsis It’s Christmas in the 1980s. Adolf Hitler is alive and has two Yuletide wishes: Danger 5 dead… and the world under his Christmas tree.


  • Matchbox Pictures Pty Ltd
  • Producers Penny Chapman, John Schwartz, Jacquelin Perske
  • Executive producers Sam Worthington, Penny Win, Michael McMahon, Michael Schwarz, Luca Scalisi
  • Directors TBC
  • Writers Jacquelin Perske, Shaun Grant, Cate Shortland, Stuart Beattie
  • Broadcaster Foxtel
  • International Sales NBC Universal
  • Synopsis The story of journalists Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead Bartlett and Philip Schuler, sent with the troops to Gallipoli in 1915, and how their quest for the truth helped change the war’s course – and its legend.


  • Playmaker Media Pty Ltd
  • Producers David Maher, David Taylor, Sarah Lambert, Sue Seeary
  • Writers Tim Pye, Liz Doran, Sarah Lambert
  • Directors Shawn Seet, Shirley Barrett, Geoff Bennett, Ian Barry
  • Broadcaster Nine Network
  • International Sales ALL3MEDIA
  • Synopsis A character drama set in 1969 in Kings Cross; the time and place Australia came of age and the new generation broke all the rules.


  • Southern Star Entertainment Pty Ltd
  • Producers Imogen Banks, John Edwards
  • Writer Michael Lucas
  • Broadcaster Network Ten
  • International Sales Endemol Worldwide Distribution
  • Synopsis A woman’s campaign to be the next State Premier is complicated when her ex-lover is announced as the new leader of the opposition.



  • Southern Star Entertainment
  • Producer Noel Price
  • Writers Josh Mapleston, John Armstrong, Tim Gooding, Julie Miller
  • Director Ralph Strasser
  • Broadcasters Seven Network, NDR
  • International Sales Endemol Worldwide Distribution
  • Synopsis Sam and Ben are settling back into life in Australia when their eccentric German relatives, Philipp and Lili von Hasenburg arrive unexpectedly. But things suddenly go pear shaped when Philipp is arrested and can’t return to Germany. The Australian twins must then make choices that will affect the lives of everyone around them.


  • Gristmill Pty Ltd
  • Producers Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope
  • Writers Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope
  • Director Wayne Hope
  • Broadcaster ABC 3
  • International Sales ACTF
  • Synopsis A mockumentary series about what happens at snack time in the primary school playground, based on the books written by Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane.


  • Jonathan M Shiff Productions (JMSP)
  • Producer Jonathan M Shiff
  • Writers Anthony Morris, Michael Joshua, Max Dann
  • Directors Evan Clarry, Grant Brown
  • Broadcasters Network Ten (Domestic), ZDF Germany (German-speaking)
  • International Sales ZDF Enterprises
  • Synopsis A new mermaid arrives convinced that Zac is a danger to mermaids everywhere, not realising that there may be another merman in town bent on seizing Mako Island for himself.

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