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2020-2021 DEVELOPMENT FUNDING

1989
Sewing Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Drama, Family
Writer/Director Khoa Do
Producer Khoa Do
Script Editor Roger Monk
Synopsis When a hard working Vietnamese refugee family lose everything in Australia’s last major recession in 1989, 10-year-old Tram, her brother Anh and mother Hien seek refuge on her family’s struggling duck farm where they discover friendship, hope…and one giant turtle.

A FRIEND IN THE DARK
Di Bonaventura Pictures Australia
Genre Horror, Thriller
Writer/Director Drew Macdonald
Producers Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam, Mario Andreacchio
Synopsis High school kids engage in cyberbullying, unaware of the real monster that they are unleashing lying deep in social media.

DEAD CERTAIN
New Town Films Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama
Writer Joanna Murray-Smith
Producer Bryan Brown
Synopsis Harry King, 60, successful crime writer, gives up on life after his adored wife, Georgia, is killed in an accident. When he unexpectedly falls for Maya, a self-help writer, the ghost of Georgia is a constant companion and Harry knows he must confront his own demons — and ghosts — to embrace a new chance at life.

KANGAROO (WORKING TITLE)
Film Depot Pty Limited
Genre
 Comedy, Drama, Family
Writer Harry Cripps
Producers Louise Smith, Marian Macgowan
Synopsis Inspired by a true story, Kangaroo is a heart-warming family comedy about a disgraced TV host, Chris, and a young Indigenous girl, Charlie, who work together to rescue and rehabilitate a group of orphaned joeys in a remote Outback community.

THE SECRET LIVES OF DRESSES
Sense & Cents-Ability Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama, Romantic comedy
Directors Mairi Cameron, Stephen Lance
Writers Megan Simpson Huberman, Stephen Lance
Producer Leanne Tonkes
Synopsis An ambitious young businesswoman is forced to return to her hometown to save her dying grandmother’s vintage dress shop, and must confront old wounds and the man she left behind. Can the advice of six couture dresses help her choose between her plans for success, and the inconvenient call of her heart?

APARNA
Felix Media Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama, Musical
Director
 S. Shakthidharan
Writers S. Shakthidharan, Jeyasingham Jeyamohan (Tamil dialogue)
Producer John Maynard
Executive Producer Bridget Ikin
Synopsis Separated during Sri Lanka’s civil war, a mother and son are re-united in modern day Sri Lanka.

DRUM WAVE
Carver Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Folk Horror
Director Natalie Erika James
Writers Natalie Erika James, Christian White
Producers Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw, Natalie Erika James
Synopsis A young pianist, Yumi, is forced to confront her fear of motherhood when she marries her fiancé, Hiroshi, on the remote island he grew up on: a community with bizarre fertility rituals.

FINNEGAN’S FIELD
Sweetpotato Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Horror
Director Sian Davies
Writer Victoria Madden
Producers Victoria Madden, John Molloy
Synopsis Finnegan’s Field is a dark fairytale about a twelve-year-old girl, Madrigal Barker, who mysteriously disappears for three years, only to return home just as mysteriously – but not quite the same…

THE CONCERT
Matchbox Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama
Writer Penelope Chai
Producer Sheila Jayadev
Executive Producers Sophie Raymond, Bob Connolly, Helen Panckhurst
Synopsis A gifted violinist is forced to confront deep family wounds in her journey to perfect the solo at the school’s annual music concert, spearheaded by the formidable head of music. Inspired by the acclaimed documentary Mrs Carey’s Concert.

TOGETHER
Princess Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre
 Horror
Writer/Director Michael Shanks
Producers Laura Waters, Mike Cowap
Executive Producer Emma Fitzsimons
Synopsis After trading their social lives for a mortgage, a not-so-young-anymore couple move to the country to begin the next step of their strained relationship. Whilst settling into their new home, they contract an unexplainable illness – an infection that causes intense physical horrors the further apart they are. Now to survive they must separate before they become a single, new being – unable to determine where one of their bodies ends and the other’s begins.






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