Screen Australia announces investment in three feature projects

Screen Australia Media Release

Wednesday 21 September 2011
Screen Australia today announced $3 million worth of production investment in three feature film projects triggering almost $21 million in production.

Oscar®-winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) will star in director Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man, an emotionally charged true story based on Eric Lomax’s best-selling account of confronting his World War II torturer 30 years on. The film will be produced by Andy Paterson and Chris Brown and is written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson.

Rekindling Venus is a groundbreaking feature project written and directed by renowned Australian installation artist Lynette Wallworth and produced by John Maynard. It will be an immersive fulldome film experience and multi-platform work to be screened exclusively in dome cinemas and planetariums around the world.

Writer/director brothers Colin and Cameron Cairnes’ debut comedy/horror feature film 100 Bloody Acres,to be produced by Julie Ryan and Kate Croser and executive produced by Jonathan Page, also received investment.

Screen Australia’s Chief Executive Ruth Harley said, “It’s exciting for Screen Australia to invest in these three very different projects. They all provide opportunities for Australian talent to take their storytelling to the next level.

The Railway Man is a compelling story that will be satisfying to both Australian and international audiences. This is a wonderful opportunity for one of our country’s rising directors, Jonathan Teplitzky, to work with one of the world’s finest actors, Colin Firth. The film will also provide great exposure for Australian talent on the world stage.

“The film experience Rekindling Venus is of high commercial and cultural merit and it’s great to be able to support an artist of the calibre of Lynette Wallworth to work on such a grand scale using the immersive fulldome cinema experience.

“The comedy/horror 100 Bloody Acres will be a talent escalator for debut feature writer/directors Colin and Cameron Cairnes, backed by a great producing team with Julie Ryan, Kate Croser and Jonathan Page.

“These three projects contribute to Screen Australia’s goal of investing in a high-quality, diverse slate of feature films,” concluded Dr Harley.

100 BLOODY ACRES
Cyan Films Pty Ltd
Producers Julie Ryan, Kate Croser
Executive Producer Jonathan Page
Writer/Directors Colin Cairnes, Cameron Cairnes
International Sales The Works
Australian Distributor Hopscotch
Synopsis They’re not psycho killers… they’re small business operators.

THE RAILWAY MAN
Archer Street and Pictures in Paradise
Producers Andy Paterson, Chris Brown
Writers Frank Cottrell Boyce, Andy Paterson
Director Jonathan Teplitzky
International Sales Lionsgate International
Australian Distributor Transmission/Paramount
Synopsis An extraordinary true story of heroism, inhumanity and the redeeming power of love based on Eric Lomax’s best-selling account of confronting his WWII torturer 30 years on, starring Oscar®-award winning actor Colin Firth.

REKINDLING VENUS
Felix Media
Producer John Maynard
Writer/Director Lynette Wallworth
International Sales Maze/Sky Skan (co-venture)
Australian & UK Distributor Footprint
Synopsis A fulldome film experience and multi-platform work immersing the viewer in the spectacle of fluorescent coral reefs and marine life as the pivot point for global co-operation in the face of climate change.

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