Screen Australia today announced investment in the development of eight feature films.
Writer/director Adam Elliot’s (Mary and Max) new script Ernee, an animated adventure romance, is among projects to receive single-draft development funding. The project is set to be produced by Peter Kaufman and executive producers Brian Rosen and Bryce Menzies.
Other new feature projects to receive development support include Julian Corkle Is a Filthy Liar, a coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel from DJ Connell. Writer Mark Herman will adapt the screenplay with producers Marian Macgowan (Two Hands, The Rage in Placid Lake) and Sarah Radclyffe. Writer Tony Morphett will also develop an adaptation of the novel The Diary of Jimmy Porter, with director Nadia Tess and producers Lisa McCune and Gus Howard.
Under is a new suspense drama in development from writer Alice Addison (The Hunter) and writer Glenda Hambly will develop the children’s/family film Secret Sisters with producers David Rapsey and Moira Moss.
Banjo & Matilda, a dramatisation of the true story of Banjo Paterson and Waltzing Matilda, is a new project in development from writer David Roach, award-winning director Bruce Beresford (Mao’s Last Dancer) and producer Bill Leimbach.
Screen Australia has also given support to develop two rock biopics. Bon Scott from writer Sophie Edelstein, director Eddie Martin and producer Lizzette Atkins is a biopic of the life of the legendary ACDC front man and Michael is a biopic of another Australian rock legend from writer/director Richard Lowenstein. Sue Murray and Richard Lowenstein are set to produce the film with executive producer Domenico Procacci.
FEATURE DEVELOPMENT – SINGLE DRAFT
BANJO & MATILDA
Producer Bill Leimbach
Writer David Roach
Director Bruce Beresford
Synopsis In 1895, with the country in turmoil a young city poet and journalist travels to a remote sheep station to track down a political agitator. When the clashes between union shearers and landowners turn to violence, a man is found dead in a billabong. Was it suicide or murder? A dramatisation of the extraordinary true story of Banjo Paterson and Waltzing Matilda.
Producer Lizzette Atkins
Writer Sophie Edelstein
Director Eddie Martin
Script Editor Stephen Cleary
THE DIARY OF JIMMY PORTER
Genre Coming of Age Drama
Producers Lisa McCune, Gus Howard
Writer Tony Morphett
Director Nadia Tess
Synopsis Based on the novel by Christine Harris.
Genre Animated Adventure Romance
Producer Peter Kaufmann
Executive Producers Brian Rosen, Bryce Menzies
Writer/Director Adam Elliot
JULIAN CORKLE IS A FILTHY LIAR
Genre Coming of Age
Producers Marian Macgowan, Sarah Radclyffe
Writer Mark Herman
Synopsis A hilarious romp through family life and black-sheepedness in small town, then slightly larger town, Tasmania in the 1980s. Based on the bestselling novel by DJ Connell.
Producers Richard Lowenstein, Sue Murray
Executive Producer Domenico Procacci
Writer/Director Richard Lowenstein
Script Editor Scott Meek
Synopsis At the height of his internationally renowned career, a sudden blow to the head robs the famously sensual rock star of two of his most cherished senses. A series of personal battles follows, ending tragically with his death at the age of 37 the night before embarking on a world tour.
Genre Children’s/Family Film
Producers David Rapsey, Moira Moss
Writer Glenda Hambly
Script Editor Alison Tilson
Synopsis Friends forever... until a green-eyed monster appears. Five girls from the Go Girl franchise have their friendship tested by the school musical extravaganza.
Genre Suspense Drama
Writer Alice Addison
Synopsis A diver searching for a missing girl finds only questions: Is she his daughter? Was she murdered? Does her killer want him dead too?
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26 July 2011.