Matchbox and Screentime set to open Adelaide offices

The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) is partnering with two of Australia’s premier TV drama houses; Matchbox Pictures (Deadline Gallipoli, Glitch, Wanted) and Screentime (The Secret Daughter, Wolf Creek TV Show), in order to further push their endeavours into series production.

As a result, both companies will open offices across Adelaide within the next two years in order to increase production within to the state while also developing local writing and directing talent for its planned productions. The SAFC is now inviting South Australian producers and production companies to apply for this opportunity, in which the SAFC will provide $250,000 over a period of two years to allow for overheads, travel and general development funding.

This opportunity will allow South Australian producers to uniquely access  development of their projects through support and enhanced access to high-end collaborators. The initiative can put writers into key TV writing rooms while directors will have even greater opportunities for directing.

In addition, a separate TV development grant for various writers and producers will be launched in the coming week, and support an SA producer and/or writer by giving them an chance to develop high-end television drama. Up to $40,000 will also be provided for up to 2 television drama series with the funds to be used for various the development stages.

Bob Campbell, the Executive Chairman of Screentime said “We are very pleased to be partnering with the South Australian Film Corporation in setting up a Screentime office in Adelaide .Two series of Wolf Creek and now Pine Gap have meant we have come to appreciate the considerable advantages South Australia offers and we look forward to working with the creative community to develop and produce more productions in SA.”

Chris Oliver-Taylor, the Managing Director of Matchbox Pictures also said “Matchbox is delighted to be partnering with the SAFC on this important initiative. Following our huge success with South Australian produced Deadline Gallipoli we are looking forward to working again with the amazing South Australian writing and producing teams to create world-class drama series that will complement the work already underway in South Australia”.

Information regarding applications for producers to apply for these partnerships can be located on the SAFC website, under the category of TV Drama Initiatives, and are due January 15, 2018.