Screen Australia invests $2.7mil in 8 docos

Screen Australia have announced $2.7million in investment across eight documentaries which will trigger nearly $10million worth of production.

In the announcement, SBS’s popular Who Do You Think You Are? series will return for a fifth series while Academy Award winner Eva Orner will go behind the scenes of a TV network.

Under the General Documentary Program, Who Do You Think You Are?, produced by Artemis and Serendipity Productions and ABC’s Family Confidential – which enters homes of some of Australia’s most significant households – have received funding.

First Footprints, directed/produced by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean for ABCTV, about the peopling of Australia over e three-part series received funding through the National Documentary Program.

The International Documentary Program has invested in five new documentaries:
The Network, by Eva Orner (written/directed/produced) is a documentary set behind the scenes at a fledgling television network in one of the most unstable and dangerous places on Earth. The Network, produced by Nerdy Girl productions will air on SBS.

The Australian Wine Revolution, produced by Andrew Ogilvie and written/directed by Stephen Oliver for Electric Pictures will look at the Australian wine industry and the way it was marketed to the world. It will be broadcast on ABCTV and BBC.

Dingo – Wild Dogs At War, produced by Michael O’Neill will be produced by Essential Media & Entertainment for ABCTV and UKTV. The program follows a farmer/dingo advocate David Graham who is trying to find a solution to the dilemma surround Australia’s native dog.

Mutha Truckers is a one-hour documentary following Australia’s road train trucks across incredibly long and dangerous journeys across Australia. Produced by Prospero Productions and written and directed by Russell Vines, it will be broadcast on Channel 7 and UKTV.

BK Films will produce Reptilian Battleground, written/directed/produced byBianca Keeley for ABCTV and Nat Geo Wild which looks at reptiles in Australia’s north.


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