Screen Australia announces funding for 15 new film and TV projects

In its latest film and television funding round Screen Australia has allocated $15 million for 15 new projects, including the remake of classic Australian movie Storm Boy.

Storm Boy

At the recent Screen Australia’s board meeting, seven films and eight television series were approved for production investment funding, including: season two of Australian drama The Secret Daughter, starring Jessica Mauboy; Jigra and Fighting Season; Fred Schepisi’s Andorra; Friday On My Mind; and sports drama, Sunshine.

Graeme Mason, CEO at Screen Australia, said: “This is a bumper slate of titles for our last production investment funding round of the calendar year. We are delighted to be supporting TV projects from so many of the major players all in one round including Foxtel, Channel Seven, Network Ten, the ABC and SBS”.

The film projects include Storm Boy which will see director Shawn Seet and Ambience Entertainment partner with producers Michael Boughen and Mathew Street.

Golden Globe-winning director Fred Schepisi will direct Andorra while Jonathan Teplitzky will work with producer Chris Brown and writer Chris Nyst to create Mr Cranky.

For the television announcement Screen Australia will commission The Bureau of Magical Things, produced by Johnathan M. Shiff, season two of The Secret Daughter, The Fighting Season for Foxtel, produced by Kylie du Fresne, and Friday On My Mind by Playmaker Media’s producers David Taylor and David Maher.

SBS drama series Sunshine and Safe Harbour will also be funded by the company.

A further three feature film projects and two television series have received conditional funding and will be announced at a later stage.


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