In local news, Screen Australia has recently announced that they plan to invested up to $4.15 million in production funding across fifteen documentaries. Through the guise of the Documentary Producer and Commissioned programs, the module set in place is certain to stretch and explore a plethora of various subject matters from creative voices. With some of the renowned names benefiting from the announcement including Sam Neill, Todd Sampson and David Gulpilil. With focus on subjects including Captain Cook, Bob Hawke and Midnight Oil.
Set to leave an existential impact on the immediate future on the Australian film industry, the decision made by Screen Australia to implore finances into these various projects will lead to a lot of jobs and production nation wide. Bringing emphasis to not only well-known artists and documentarians but to those who are to still find their voice.In a statement from Screen Australia’s Senior Manager of Documentary Liz Stevens, she illuminate the diverse and enticing nature of the funded slate.
“Over the past year we have supported 48 documentary titles through our Commissioned and Producer programs, distributing $12 million to the sector. Audiences will be able to watch around 98 hours of documentary content funded by Screen Australia on TV, online, at cinemas, film festivals and community screenings. This diverse and exciting slate of projects demonstrates the incredible richness of Australian stories and storytellers – whether it’s a jackaroo changing the lives of disaffected youths in rural NSW, or the musicians and politicians who shaped a generation. It is a privilege to fund programs that will add to audiences’ understanding of the world.”
Here is the list of both the funded documentary producer projects and the funded documentary commissioned projects:
FUNDED DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER PROJECTS
Backburning — A theatrical documentary about one of Australia’s most successful bands, Midnight Oil.
The Backtrack Boys — An observational documentary centred around the challenges faced by youth at risk in rural Australia highlighted by the various predicaments of three teenagers.
Beautiful Minds: The Agents of Change — A feature documentary exploring 76 female scientists and their quest to unravel the gender imbalance in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths.
We Live Here — An ABC arts documentary centred on the residents in high-rise public housing in Waterloo.
White Light — A feature documentary examining the child soldiers embroiled in the drug wars between the African American projects in Miami.
And an untitled project from David Gulpilil.
FUNDED DOCUMENTARY COMMISSIONED PROJECTS
Uncharted with Sam Neill — A Foxtel series in which renowned actor Sam Neill retrace the activities of Captain James Cook’s travels to Australia 250 years on.
Mindset — A two-part SBS series that examines the silently tenacious impact of mental illness in Australia
Hawke — A historical documentary detailing the life of Australian politician Bob Hawke.
Family Rules — The second season of the NITV series which looks at modern indigenous life through the guise of a Perth family.
Don’t Stop The Music — A three part ABC series which examines the stature music holds in regards to children education.
Can We Save The Reef? — The exploits of three female scientists and their attempts to save the Great Barrier Reef.
Body Hack — A second season of the Network Ten series in which Todd Sampson pushes the limits of his body under extreme situations.
Australia Uncovered — A one hour SBS special that explores contemporary Australian inequality.
Apex Gang: Behind the Headlines — A crime documentary series that explores multicultural society.