Screen Australia announces investment in 15 projects

Screen Australia has announced production investment in 15 projects including four feature films, one low-budget television series and 10 documentaries. Screen Australia’s investment of $9 million in the 15 projects will trigger production worth almost $29 million.

Features supported include:

Sam Worthington (Avatar) will star in Drift (p: Michele Bennett, Tim Duffy, Myles Pollard, ep: Joan Peters, w: Morgan O’Neill), a character-driven action drama set in the surfing world directed by Morgan O’Neill and Ben Nott.

Satellite Boy (p: David Jowsey, Sue Seeary, w/d: Catriona McKenzie) is an Indigenous coming-of-age story set in the Kimberley region from rising talent Catriona McKenzie. McKenzie’s directorial feature debut is a heartfelt, moving and uplifting story about a young boy’s journey to save his home and ultimately himself.

Australia’s favourite mother and daughter comedy duo are set to hit the big screen in The Kath and Kim Filum (p: Rick McKenna, Jane Turner, Gina Riley, w: Jane Turner, Gina Riley, d: Ted Emery), which sees Kath and Kim head overseas on a whirlwind tour of love, lust and revolution.

Jeremy Hogarth’s The Last Great Apes (p: Norm Wilkinson, w: Norm Wilkinson, Jeremy Hogarth), a theatrical documentary for the IMAX platform, and Peter Templeman’s debut feature The 20-Something Survival Guide (p: Jodi Matterson, ep: Bruna Papandrea, Simon Bosanquet, Mark Huffam, w: Michael Lucas), a romantic comedy about a guy in his 20s who finds out his fertility runs out in a month.

Character driven drama Remarkable Creatures from writer Jan Sardi (Mao’s Last Dancer, Shine), producer Heather Ogilvie and co-producer Mark Gooder.

Two thriller genre features, A Murder of Crows and Black Echoes, from Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause, the writing duo of Bait, with producers Michael Robertson and Murray Pope, will also receive development investment.