ScreenWest has announced sci-fi project These Final Hours, by writer/director Zak Hilditch and producer Liz Kearney, will receive $750,000 in funding from the West Coast Visions initiative, designed to support emerging filmmakers.
These Final Hours is an apocalyptic thriller that follows James, who “while making his way to the party to end all parties on the last day on Earth, ends up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father, who ultimately leads him on the path to redemption.”
ScreenWest stated that Hilditch and Kearney’s project was a “well-developed and crafted script; that it’s a real page turner that has a unique take on the apocalyptic world.”
Hilditch’s history includes three independently-funded feature films: The Actress, Plum Role and The Toll (left). He won the Young Filmmaker of the Year at the 2006 WA Screen Awards.
Kearney resume includes the upcoming Cloudstreet mini series, The Circuit, Needle, Wasted on the Young and Bran Nue Dae.
Robert Connolly (Balibo, Romulus My Father, The Boys) is a lucrative asset as executive producer and mentor.
The selection process put the final three teams through two days of assessments and interviews. Filming is scheduled to begin in 2012, subject to further development and full financing.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said 0f the The Western Australian Government’s initiative, “West Coast Visions creates a pathway for WA creative teams by providing significant funding towards a low-budget feature film.”
Projects made through West Coast Visions include Blame (in Perth cinemas June 16), Wasted on the Young, Stone Bros and Last Train to Freo.