Twentysomething’s second season receives Screen Australia funding

A second series of ABC sitcom Twentysomething has received funding from Screen Australia as part of the agency’s Multi-Platform Production Program.

Created and written by Jess Harris, Twentysomething episodes will be directed by Harris and Mika Tran and is produced by Lowdown’s Nicole Minchin of High Wire Films.

The first season aired last year on ABC2. This season will pick up with friends Jess, played by Harris, and Josh, played by Josh Schmidt, returning from abroad as thirtysomething looms.

Twentysomething is among four projects to receive the funding. Included also is an interactive animation for tablets called A Cautionary Tail, an interactive documentary called Ringbalin: River Stories and a serious game called The Voyage.

Screen Australia’ CEO Ruth Harley said: “These four titles join a growing list of dynamic, original Screen Australia–supported projects that capitalise on the changing landscape for content creation. We have both established players and new talent collaborating and telling stories through interactive documentary, games, apps and multi-platform television.”

Multi-platform productions:
Rawr Media
Interactive animation for tablet devices
Producer Pauline Piper
Director Simon Rippingale
Writer Erica Harrison
Marketplace Penguin, ABC Commercial
Synopsis A Cautionary Tail is now an interactive experience. The app takes you into the animated world of the award-winning short film starring Cate Blanchett and David Wenham about a girl born with a tail that must choose between conformity and self-expression.

Goodmorningbeautiful Films
Interactive documentary
Executive Producer Sue Maslin
Producers Julia de Roeper, Jocelyn Pederick, Benjamin Pederick
Writer/Director Benjamin Pederick
Digital Producer Jennifer Wilson, The Project Factory
Marketplace Adelaide Film Festival, Ronin Films, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, South Australian Tourism Commission, Tourism Australia, WOMAD
Synopsis Ringbalin is an interactive documentary for online screens, exhibition and mobile devices that reinterprets Australia’s greatest river system, the Murray-Darling, through the stories of the world’s oldest living Indigenous culture.

High Wire Films & Electric Living Productions
Multi-platform TV series
Executive Producer/Producer Nicole Minchin
Co-producers Jess Harris, Josh Schmidt, Annie Flynn
Directors Jess Harris, Mika Tran
Writer Jess Harris
Marketplace ABC 2
Synopsis Best friends Jess and Josh are back home from their overseas adventure to find all the same twentysomething questions waiting for them. But with the reality of thirtysomething looming, this series sees them finally asking “What are we destined to do?”

Roar Film
Serious game
Producers Craig Dow Sainter, Steve Thomas, Kath Symmons
Director Will Barry
Writer Paul Callaghan
Game Design Consultant Morgan Jaffit
Marketplace Australian National Maritime Museum
Synopsis A multiplayer serious game where users adopt the role of Captain of a convict transport ship from Britain to Van Diemen’s Land, becoming responsible for hiring, provisioning and navigating. They face the trials and tribulations of an actual voyage including adverse weather, disease, insanity, rebellion, mutiny and piracy.


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