New South Wales attracts 12 new screen productions

The NSW government creative industries agency, Create NSW,  has announced assistance to twelve screen productions through its various programs.

Create NSW announces 12 new screen productions for the state including three feature films and four television dramas

Screen production in NSW continues to boom with 12 new productions set to go into production with the support of the NSW Government.

Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey said the screen productions, which include drama and factual programs, will receive investment through Create NSW’s Production Finance ProgramMade in NSW and Regional Filming Fund initiatives.

“These productions will bring a total of $60.85 million in direct production expenditure to NSW and create over 3,400 highly-skilled jobs in the screen sector,” Mr Brealey said.

The productions include Little Monsters, to be directed by actor-turned-director Abe Forsythe and produced by Jodi Matterson (both Down Under) with international producing partners Steve Hutensky (upcoming The Nightingale), Keith and Jess Calder (Blair Witch), and ‘Big Little Lies’ producer Bruna Papandrea, who will return to local production as Executive Producer of the film.

The French-Australian co-production Slam brings acclaimed Sydney-based director Partho Sen-Gupta (Let the Wind BlowSunrise) to shoot in Western Sydney with an international cast that includes Adam Bakri (Omar), Rachael Blake ‘Cleverman’, Lantana) and Abbey Aziz (Let It Be Love). Producers of the thriller are Michael Wrenn (Three Summers), Tenille Kennedy (Bad Girl) and Marc Irmer (Sunrise).

Also included is the new feature film from brothers Tristan Roache-Turner and Kiah Roache-Turner, the follow up to their worldwide hit Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead. The as yet untitled film will be produced by Andrew Mason (The Matrix) and eOne’s Troy Lum.

New television to be produced in NSW includes a new eight-part series from Playmaker, the producers of ‘The Code’ and ‘Love Child’ and the new four-part series ‘Dead Lucky’, created by Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt (the creative team who brought ‘House Husbands’ to the screen), which will be directed by David Caesar (Dirty Deeds, The Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows). Also supported is the returning series of the much-loved ‘Rake’ and series two of ‘Doctor Doctor’.

The feature documentary ‘Beautiful Minds: The Agents of Change’ charts the journey of 76 female scientists on an epic journey to Antarctica, exposing the disturbing prevalence of gender inequality in STEM.

‘Making Muriel’ follows film director P.J. Hogan and his creative partners as they turn an Australian film classic into a world-first stage musical at the Sydney Theatre Company and Todd Sampson returns to television with ‘Body Hack 2.0’. Also funded is a production from Screentime, and the multi-platform ‘The Queen and Zak Grieve’, a ‘vodcast’ series which delves into the story of Zak Grieve, a young Indigenous man sent to jail for life over a murder, despite the judge finding he wasn’t there when it took place.

“This is an incredibly diverse range of productions with some of the state’s most experienced screen creatives attached. It’s exciting that they have chosen NSW as their production base and that several productions have also chosen to film in regional NSW or Western Sydney, where the production expenditure will have a significant positive impact on local economies.

“It is also pleasing to note that NSW’s diversity is represented both on screen and behind the camera in productions such as Slam and ‘Beautiful Minds: The Agents of Change’, which include opportunities for emerging practitioners to have attachment roles with some of our leading screen practitioners,” Mr Brealey said.

The funding recipients are listed below:


Project: Little Monsters

Production Company: Eddie Wong Films

Director: Abe Forsythe
Producer: Jodi Matterson, Steve Hutensky, Keith Calder, Jess Calder
Executive Producer: Bruna Papandrea
Support: $200,000 production investment

Location: Sydney/Western Sydney

Synopsis: This movie is dedicated to all the Kindergarten teachers out there who motivate our children to learn, instil them with confidence and stop them from being devoured by Zombies.

Other investors: Australian distributor Universal Pictures and international sales agent Protagonist Pictures


Project: Slam

Production Company: Invisible Republic

Director/Writer: Partho Sen-Gupta
Producers: Michael Wrenn, Tenille Kennedy, Producer Marc Irmer

Support: $140,000 production investment

Location: Western Sydney/Northern Beaches

Synopsis: Ricky is a young Arab Australian whose peaceful suburban life is turned on its head when his hijab-wearing sister, Ameena, disappears without trace.

Other investors: Screen Australia, CNC’s Cinémas du Monde, ScreenWest, Australian distributor Bonsai Films and international sales agent Doc & Film International.

Project: Untitled Roache-Turner Film

Production Company: Roache-Turner Films Pty Ltd & Hopscotch Features Pty Ltd

Director/Writer: Kiah Roache-Turner

Producer/Writer: Tristan Roache-Turner
Producers: Andrew Mason, Troy Lum

Support: $250,000 production investment

Location: Sydney

Synopsis: Howard North discovers that he is part of a secret sect of magical beings who hunt down and destroy demons in the internet. He must learn to harness his newfound powers and battle evil so he can save the world and destroy the dark one who is trying to eat his immortal soul.

Other investors: Screen Australia, Australian distributor and international sales eOne


Project: ‘Dead Lucky’

Production Company: Dead Lucky Holdings

Director: David Caesar

Producer/Writer/Executive Producer: Ellie Beaumont

Producer/Writer/Executive Producer: Drew Proffitt

Producer: Diane Haddon

Executive Producers: Greg Sitch, Nina Stevenson

Support: $400,000 Made in NSW Fund

Location: Sydney/Western Sydney

Synopsis: On a perfect Sydney day, the lives of two feuding detectives, a share-house of international students, a pair of corrupt shop owners, a grieving widow and a gunman all collide, leaving one dead and another missing.

Other investors: Screen Australia, SBS (domestic broadcaster)


Project: Unnamed TV Series

Production Company: Playmaker Media

Producer: Sue Seeary

Executive Producers: David Maher, David Taylor

Support: $600,000 Made in NSW Fund

Location: Sydney


Project: ‘Beautiful Minds: The Agents of Change’

Production Company: Bunya Productions Pty Ltd

Director: Ili Baré

Producer: Greer Simpkin

Executive Producer: David Jowsey

Support: $105,000 production investment

Location: Sydney (post production)

Synopsis: ‘Beautiful Minds’ charts the journey of 76 female scientists on an epic voyage to Antarctica, exposing the disturbing prevalence of gender inequality in STEM.

Other investors: Screen Australia, Dark Matter Distribution, the Shark Island Institute and DAF.


Project: ‘The Queen and Zak Grieve’

Production Company: In Films Pty, Ltd

Writer: Dan Box
Director/Producer: Ivan O’Mahoney
Executive Producer: Nial Fulton

Support: $15,000 production investment

Location: Sydney (post production)

Synopsis: In this ‘vodcast’ series, Walkley Award-winning storyteller Dan Box moves into the Northern Territory town of Katherine to unpick the strange story of Zak Grieve, a young Indigenous man sent to jail for 20 years for a murder even the judge accepted he did not commit. Is it time for the mandatory sentencing laws that led to Zak’s demise to finally be revoked?

Other investors: Screen Australia, The Australian


Project: ‘Making Muriel’

Production Company: In Films Pty Ltd

Director/Producer: Nel Minchin
Producer: Ivan O’Mahoney
Executive Producer: Nial Fulton

Support: $45,000 production investment

Location: Sydney

Synopsis: ‘Making Muriel’ follows film director P.J. Hogan as he and his creative team join with Australia’s most innovative stage producers Global Creatures, turning an Australian film classic into a world-first stage musical at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Other investors: Screen Australia, ABC (domestic broadcaster)


Project: Unnamed documentary series

Production Company: Screentime

Director: Jeff Siberry
Director: Helen Barrow

Producer: Niamh Linnie

Executive Producer: Jennifer Collins
Support: $70,000 production investment

Location: Sydney/Port Maquarie (and international locations)


Project: Todd Sampson ‘Body Hack 2.0’

Production Company: Essential Media and Entertainment Pty Ltd

Director: Jeff Siberry

Producer: Chris Thorburn
Executive Producer: Chris Hilton
Executive Producer: David Alrich
Executive Producer: Todd Sampson
Support: $60,000 production investment

Location: Sydney (post production)

Synopsis: Science meets extreme exploration as adventurer Todd Sampson pushes his body to the limits of human endurance to better understand himself and his species.

Other investors: Screen Australia, Network Ten (domestic broadcaster)


Project: ‘Doctor, Doctor’ (series 2)

Production Company: DRDR2 Series

Writers: Tamara Asmar, Liz Doran, Angela McDonald

Directors: Ian Watson, Kriv Stenders, Tori Garrett, Ben Chessell

Producers: Ian Collie, Claudia Karvan, Tony McNamara
Support: $250,000 Made In NSW Fund, $100,000 Regional Filming Fund

Location: Sydney, Mudgee

Synopsis: As the sand slowly runs out on Hugh’s probation, the Knight family must decide whether their struggles will bring them closer together or tear them apart.

Other investors: Nine Network (domestic broadcaster)


Project: ‘Rake’ (series 5)

Production Company: Essential Media & Entertainment

Writers: Peter Duncan, Andrew Knight

Producers: Ian Collie, Richard Roxburgh
Support: $300,000 Made in NSW Fund

Location: Sydney/Canberra

Synopsis: Cleaver Greene returns in 2018 as an independent senator in Parliament House. Embroiled in scandal after scandal, Cleaver will add yet more chaos to his life and the lives of those around him. With Parliament crumbling, will Cleaver step up to help Australia keep calm and carry on?

Other investors: ABC (domestic broadcaster)

From the CreateNSW 


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