Screen Australia announces investment in feature development, shorts and games

Screen Australia recently announced investment in the development of 13 feature films, two animated shorts, two games and the completion of two short films. The first two recipients of the new Director’s Acclaim Fund were also announced.

New feature projects to receive development investment include B Model, a young adult drama by writer Samantha Strauss (Dance Academy), director Rachel Griffiths and producers Louise Smith and Rachel Griffiths.

Jungle is a new project in development from the Spierig brothers (Daybreakers) based on the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg. Jungle is being developed by writers Michael and Peter Spierig and Justin Monjo, directors Michael and Peter Spierig and producers Emile Sherman and Chris Brown.

Set to be directed by Bruce Beresford, The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney is a new drama being developed with writers Chris Anastassiades and Andy Cox, producer Sue Milliken and executive producers Zelda Rosenbaum and Oscar Whitbread.

Writer Alexa Wyatt will develop Canterbury Tales, a romantic adventure drama with producer Damien Parer and executive producer James Michael Vernon, and the love story Five Spice is a new feature to be developed by writer/director Gregor Jordon with producer Bryan Brown.

Animated shorts approved include The Story of Percival Pilts written and directed by John Lewis and Janette Goodey and produced by Terri Dentry, and Waiting for Rusty produced by Nigel Christensen and written and directed by Nick Donkin.

Hannah Hilliard (Franswa Sharl) and Callum Cooper (Little Brother) were announced as the first recipients of the new Director’s Acclaim Fund. The Director’s Acclaim Fund was created to recognise the importance of directors maintaining momentum following critical acclaim of their short film. The fund specifically provides support for the next stage of professional development for directors whose short film was selected by an A list festival.

Development funding from the Innovation Program for two games, Peleda (p: Luke Jurevicius, w/d: Nathan Jurevicius) and Resistance (p: Andrew Dillon, ep: Catherine Nebauer, Gary Kurtz, d: Andrew Dillon), was also announced.