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2019-20 Financial Year

May 2020

Second Accelerated Screen Development Round

Through our second Accelerated Development Round Screen Tasmania approved support totalling $45 000 to four applicants through Project Development, and $10 000 to one project in Games Development. Details of the successful applicants and projects are below.

This is on top of $102 000 of accelerated support to five projects which was announced in April.

The acceleration of this funding was made possible through the Cultural and Creative Industries Stimulus Package.

As part of this package, the following funding has also been announced:

  • Arts and Screen Digital Production Fund - to support Tasmanian artists and arts organisations to work with Tasmanian screen professionals to make content for digital distribution and promotion. 29 recipients will share in $506 396. The successful applicants and projects are outlined here.
  • Tasmanian Contemporary Music Fund - to support Tasmanian contemporary musicians whose engagements have been cancelled due to COVID-19 to record music and music videos for digital distribution and promotion. 22 recipients will share in $255 041. The successful applicants and projects are outlined here.
  • Recipients of further measures, including the Additional Screen Development Fund will be announced in coming weeks.

GAMES DEVELOPMENT - PRODUCTION AND RELEASE

Neolithic: First City-States, real-time strategy city-building game ($10 000)

Platform: PC (Steam)
Developer: Alexander Tamura-Harvey

Set in the Neolithic and Bronze Age, Neolithic puts the player in the position of a great leader charged with establishing a city and guiding it through the ages. Starting out with few resources and a small group of people, the player is given the task of turning a small village into a powerful city-state empire.

[Image: Alex Tamura-Harvey]

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - ADVANCED STAGE

A Girl's Guide to Hunting, Fishing & Wild Cooking – 8 x 30 minute observational documentary series ($15 000)

Production companies: Broken Yellow, Southern Pictures
Marketplace: SBS
Executive Producers: Navid Bahadori, Laurie Critchley
Writer: Heather Nash

Celebrated chef Analiese Gregory abandons the kitchen for a life-changing adventure in the pure wilderness of Tasmania.

[Photo: Southern Pictures]

Love at 42 South – 85 minute documentary ($10 000)

Production company: Wonderland Productions
Executive Producer: Kingston Anderson
Producer/Writer: Claire Haywood
Writer/Director: Sara Glaoua

[Photo: Kingston Anderson]

Migrant women face cultural and emotional challenges in their search for love in Tasmania.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - INTERMEDIATE STAGE

Sisters United – 8 x 1 hour drama series ($15 000)

Production company: Hoodlum
Executive Producers: Nathan Mayfield, Tracey Robertson, Tracey Vieira
Producers: Nathan Mayfield, Tracey Robertson
Writer: Martine Delaney

An indoor soccer team uses a very radical and dark approach to get society to take family violence seriously

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - SHORT-FORM SERIES BOOSTER

Moments of Clarity – 34 x 1 minute comedy webseries ($5 000)

Production company: Electric Yak
Executive Producer: Alicia Rackett
Producer: Paul Moran
Co-creator/Writer/Director: Tim Logan
Co-creator/Production Designer: Jess Murray 
Animation Director: Stefan Le Mottee

A sweet yet dark animated comedy series about a neurotic bearded man, and his wise little dog, as they confront the trivial and grand truths of everyday life.

[Image: Electric Yak]

April 2020

In April 2020, Screen Tasmania approved support totalling $72 000 in Project Development, and $30 000 in Games Development. This was an accelerated decision process to assist industry during the coronavirus pandemic.

GAMES DEVELOPMENT - PRODUCTION AND RELEASE

Party Poppers, couch competitive party platforming game ($30 000)

Production company: Giant Margarita
Platform: Console
Senior Producer: Kristy de Salas
Lead Programmer: Lachlan Hopkins
Lead Designer: Ian Lewis
Senior Developer: Lindsay Wells
Lead Technical Artist: Andrew Mendlik
Lead Artist: Sally McKenzie
Junior Producer: Mitch Patterson

Party Poppers follows in the footsteps of Party Golf and Party Crashers with the same four-player couch gameplay but with the brand-new adorable Poppers and with the same incredible customisation options that allow the player to make the game their own. Party Poppers eases players into the game and then lets them find their own fun!

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - ADVANCED STAGE

The Gloaming, season 2 – 8 x 50 minute drama series ($25 000)

Production companies: The Two Jons Pty Ltd, Sweet Potato Films Pty Ltd
Marketplace: Stan 
Executive Producers/Producers: Vicki Madden, John Molloy
Writer: Vicki Madden 
Director: Greg McLean

There’s a light shining on the other side of the forest and a small mining town into which darkness has descended. A terror. Something other. Into this comes Molly and Alex, drawn in like moths to a beckoning flame.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - INTERMEDIATE STAGE

Hells Gates – 8 x 1 hour drama series ($17 000)

Production company: Electric Yak Pty Ltd
Executive Producers: David Gurney, Alicia Rackett
Producers: Fiona McConaghy, Alicia Rackett
Co-producer: Paul Moran
Script Producer: Sam Carroll

When Sydney office manager Julia unexpectedly inherits a seafishing business on Tasmania’s remote west coast, she discovers that it’s a front for a seafood smuggling operation, and her life takes a dramatic turn as she embraces her new life of crime.

Tassie's HOT Right Now – 3 x 1 hour documentary series ($15 000)

Writers/Producers: Celia Boden, Sue Clothier

Tassie's Hot Right Now shines a light on those people who have made the life changing decision to move to Tasmania as a direct result of climate change.  This series follows 4 groups of people who have made that decision and to see the impact that places on their lives and relationships.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - SHORT-FORM SERIES BOOSTER

Nashayleah (formerly Sisters Unearthly) – 7 x 10 minute ($15 000)

Producers: Catherine Pettman, Rebecca Thomson
Writer/Director: Rebecca Thomson
Script Editor: Kate Forsyth

A series of short original fairy tales sewn together by a mute mother trying to reclaim her stolen voice. Nashayleah, a desperate young mother, gives up her voice to a stranger in exchange for medicine for her sick newborn babe. However, upon realising she has made a terrible mistake she seeks to reclaim it from him, but inadvertently becomes responsible for the voices of six others.  As her quest continues these voices bicker, judge, and challenge her but also share strange little tales of magic and wisdom from their own people that speak to their fears, desires and give the Nashayleah courage to continue.

[Photo: Rebecca Thomson]

February 2020

In February 2020, Screen Tasmania approved support totalling $40 500 in Project Development. One project was approved for $100 000 in Production Investment, and will be announced at a later date.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - INTERMEDIATE STAGE

Australia's Best Street Racer: Tokyo Swift – 55 minute feature ($12 000)

Production company: One Stone Pictures Pty Ltd
Executive Producer: Nathan Earl
Series Producer: Georgie Lewin
Writers/Directors: Michael O'Neill, Dylan Hesp

Unaware he's being cat-fished, 18 year old P-plater Taylor James travels to Tokyo, Japan, to conquer the Japanese late night street racing scene in a bid to win the heart of his long distance girlfriend - motorsport celebrity Kisaragi Awano.

[Photo: Matthew Peart]

Dear Ghosts – 6 x 30 minutes comedy series ($13 500)

Executive Producers: Michael Cordell, Rachael Taylor
Producers: Adam Zwar, Amanda Brotchie
Writers: Adam Zwar, Amanda Brotchie, Rachael Taylor

When the recently bereaved Marion, her two kids, and her two loving but useless friends Zee and Danny all pack up for an old farmhouse in Tasmania, they don’t bargain on their past quite literally coming to haunt them!

Raffles. The Phoenix and the Lion – 8 x 1 hour drama series ($15 000)

Production company: Beach House Pictures Pty Ltd, Fable Merchants Pty Ltd, Utopia Media Pty Ltd
Executive Producers: Richard Payten, Sue Clothier, Andrew Mackie, Jocelyn Little
Producers: Posie Graeme-Evans, Donovan Chan, Jocelyn Little
Writers: Posie Graeme-Evans, Donovan Chan

A series that draws the audience through the doors of the most famous hotel in the world during the golden age of travel. Royalty, aristocrats, con-artists, spies, politicians, merchants and soldiers from East and West are thrown together in the final glory days of the British Empire, the last gasp of Colonialism. But the guests are no more remarkable than the staff: Sikhs, Haianese, Malaysians, mainland Chinese, Burmese, Siamese all have their own reasons to serve in RAFFLES hotel. Oil on water, the Westerners and the Easterners, but water, in the end, flows everywhere.

October 2019

In October 2019 Screen Tasmania approved support totalling $555 000 in Production Investment, and $50 000 in Project Development.

PRODUCTION INVESTMENT

Rosehaven, season 4 – 8 x 25 minute comedy series ($500 000)

Production company: What Horse Holdings Pty Ltd
Marketplace: ABC
Executive Producer: Kevin Whyte
Producer: Andy Walker
Co-producer: Fiona McConaghy
Directors: Shaun Wilson, Jonathan Brough
Writers: Celia Pacquola, Luke McGregor

The end of season three saw Emma and Daniel successfully bring the town together to get a park. Now they are both single and back sharing a house trying to find new friends and new people to date. We’ll also see the usually confident and together Barbara out of her comfort zone when she, Daniel and Emma go to the city for a real estate conference and awards night where Barbara is honoured. But Emma talks up business in Rosehaven a bit too much at the conference and a rival agent thinks it might be worth setting up a rival to McCallum Real Estate.

[Photo: Scott Bradshaw]

[One further project has been approved for investment of $55 000, and will be announced at a later date]

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - ADVANCED STAGE

Untitled Drama Series ($25 000)

Details will be released at a later date.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - INTERMEDIATE STAGE

Love at 42 South – 85 minute documentary feature ($15 000)

Production company: Wonderland Film & Theatre Productions Pty Ltd
Executive Producer: Kingston Anderson
Producer: Claire Haywood
Director: Sara Glaoua
Writers: Sara Glaoua, Claire Haywood

Love at 42 South is a documentary that follows five women from diverse cultural backgrounds who, after relocating to Tasmania, are actively searching for love and relationship fulfilment in an environment that is culturally vastly different from the one in which they were born and raised.  Determined not to be defined by the challenges, constraints and failures of their past, they are strong, courageous women who look forward to their future with resilience and hope.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - SHORT-FORM SERIES BOOSTER

Moments of Clarity – 24 x 1 minute comedy webseries ($10 000)

Production company: Electric Yak Pty Ltd
Executive Producer: Alicia Rackett
Producer: Paul Moran
Writer/Director: Tim Logan
Production Designer: Jess Murray 
Animation Director: Stefan Le Mottee

Join Tim, an often self-deluding, thirty something, his far wiser and fluffier dog, Ra, and an odd assortment of neighbourhood friends as they all experience those hilarious yet confronting brushes with self-awareness and universal truth, known as Moments of Clarity.

July 2019

In July 2019 Screen Tasmania approved support totalling $145 000 in Production Investment, $61 000 in Project Development, $16 750 in Games Development, and $50 000 in Proof-of-Concept Production.

PRODUCTION INVESTMENT

Aussie Lobster Men, season 2 – 8 x 42 minute documentary series ($145 000)

Production company: Hot Chilli Lobster Pty Ltd
Marketplace: Discovery/7Mate
Executive Producer: Craig Graham
Series Producer: Celia Boden

Aussie Lobster Men Series 2 will continue to follow the real life dramas of five lobster boat captains over ten weeks of the winter rock lobster hunting season, as they risk it all in search of the world’s most prized seafood delicacy. For the lobstermen, it’s a chance to put money in the bank until the fishing grounds re-open in spring. The Southern Ocean is Australia’s deadliest stretch of ocean. Against a backdrop of wild weather and treacherous seas, crews work night and day to haul in hundreds of kilograms of lobsters across slippery decks. Even a minor problem can turn deadly in a matter of moments and the nearest port is often hundreds of nautical miles away. Medical emergencies, mechanical failure, lost lobster pots, storms and underwater predators all serve as natural adversaries. And then there’s the volatile lobster price, which goes up and down most days. More than eighty percent of all lobsters caught in Tasmania are exported live to China and that’s what drives the per kilo price. But if a captain gets it right, he can make a fortune. Get it wrong and he can lose it all. This is not only a story of risk, strategy and skill at sea, but a drama about family economics.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - ADVANCED STAGE

Future Cities – 2 x 55 documentary series ($20 000)

Production company: Utopia Media Pty Ltd
Marketplace: ABC
Executive Producer: Sue Clothier
Producers: Sue Clothier, Annie Venebles
Director: Andrew Sully

What will it be like to live in an Australian city in thirty years time? Will it be high-rise hell or unsustainable suburban sprawl? Are there alternative models to those dictated by mainstream property developers? What would happen if we shaped our cities more for people, and less for profit? Starting with a radical group of Melbourne architects, comedian and design enthusiast Tim Ross goes on a global investigation of the challenges facing the world’s cities and the bold, innovative, and beautiful solutions that urban designers, architects and residents are implementing to create quality, affordable homes and vibrant, equitable cities.

The Tailings – 8 x 10 minute drama webseries ($16 000)

Marketplace: SBS
Producer: Liz Doran
Writer: Caitlin Richardson

Set on Tasmania's remote west coast mining town, a naive first-year teacher, RUBY, arrives in town to find a community reeling from a drowning death at a nearby lake. Ruby’s notorious year 10 student, JAS, has lost her dad and is determined to find out who killed him.  Against the backdrop of a young female teacher's struggle to prove herself in a new job and a young woman's misplaced grief over the loss of her father, The Tailings explores a maverick investigation, the secrets that it exposes and a town with nothing left to lose.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - INTERMEDIATE STAGE

Untitled Documentary Series ($15 000)

Details will be released at a later date.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - SHORT-FORM SERIES BOOSTER

Sisters Unearthly – 8 x 5 minute drama webseries ($10 000)

Producers: Rebecca Thomson, Catherine Pettman, 
Director: Rebecca Thomson
Writers: Claire d'Este, Briony Kidd, Rebecca Thomson, Carrie McLean, Alison Mann

Sisters Unearthly is a fantasy web series for adults who love fairytales as they were intended - dark, dangerous and delicious. Set in a visually stylised, grotesque, and humorous world without man or machine the stories unfold against the spectacular natural landscapes of Tasmania. Each episode is a stand alone story but bound by the theme of bringing forth life in an unearthly realm where hair is a powerful commodity, little girls vomit up golden hearts, and narrators sometimes lose control of their stories.

GAMES DEVELOPMENT - PRODUCTION AND RELEASE

Super Dungeon Delvers, platforming game ($16 750)

Production company: Webbysoft
Platform: iOS/Android
Lead Designer: Luke Webster
Music Director: Cody Webberly

Super Dungeon Delvers (SDD) is a mobile platforming game aimed at Android and iOS devices. The player chooses the role of one of three heroes - Milton the human, Tomas the Tasmanian Tiger or Dory the duck - and goes on a quest to save the land from a spreading evil by destroying a series of dungeons across five separate worlds. Gameplay resembles the older style platform games and is modelled on the 16-bit era of gaming consoles. Graphically, SDD borrows heavily from this time, relying on pixel-style art to engage the player at a nostalgic level.

PROOF-OF-CONCEPT PRODUCTION

[Funded by the Screen Innovation Fund]

Ava's Island – 26 x 21 minute animated children's series ($25 000)

Production company: Blue Rocket Productions Pty Ltd
Executive Producer: Alicia Rackett
Producer: Paul Moran
Creator/Composer: Fiora Cutler
Writer: Wendy Hanna
Designer: Ava Maria Mendez Salgado 
Animation Director: Stefan Le Mottee

Ava is an inquisitive 7-year-old girl who lives on her own island at the edge of The Great Southern Ocean with her fairy penguin friend, Leo. Her island is grey and windy but with a rich and diverse environment. There’s a plethora of creatures and plant-life that Ava doesn’t know much about, fortunately she can sing to the wind to transport herself to a fantasy version of her island, where she can sing and learn with her latest observation, enriching her own world.

UnExtinction – 80 minute documentary ($25 000)

Production company: Move Media Pty Ltd
Producers: Troy Melville, Jim Everett
Directors: Troy Melville, Andry Sculthorpe

In 1876 the world was told with the death of Truganni, that Tasmanian Aboriginal people were extinct. What remained were a few ‘islanders’ and ‘half castes’ isolated on Cape Barren Island. Everything would change in 1972 with the formation of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, driven through the leadership of Michael Mansell, Heather Sculthorpe and Jim Everett. UnExtinction is the untold Tasmanian Aboriginal perspective of the fight for identity, and the strong-will, political manoeuvring, and larrikinism needed to instil an inner belief, that allowed the Tasmanian Aboriginal community to tell the world that the story of their extinction was a myth.