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August 2001

Funding Approvals - August 2001

Major Productions

  • The Shack Episode 1 Shack Days & Episode 2 Shack Dreams (documentary series).
    An investment of $171,994.00 in Kathryn Symmons' (Roar Film Pty Ltd) production of two documentaries that explore the peculiarly Tasmanian social and cultural phenomenon of 'the shack'. There is a whole local mythology and obsession with the shack and these films explore it first through historians, architects, builders and archaeologists — Shack Days — and then through the eyes of artists and writers — Shack Dreams. Roar have already secured a substantial pre-sale from ABC TV for national broadcast and this Screen Tasmania investment will enable the production of a two part documentary to be made in Tasmania, using Tasmanian subjects and crew.
  • Quest for the Green Gold
    An investment of $50,000.00 to Paul Scott (Paul Scott Films Pty Ltd) in the production of a 50 minute documentary charting the extraordinary history of huon pine, one of the world's rarest and most beautiful timbers. The film comprises archival footage and stills, interviews with some of the few remaining "old-timers", re-construction of some of the epic voyages into the South-West, and interviews with contemporary artisans working with huon.

Script Development

  • Southern Light
    A $10,000.00 loan to James Middleton & Stephen Prodes (First Road Productions Pty Ltd) to develop a feature film script about a love story set in Southern spanning 1930's to 50's. A woman living in a remote lighthouse with her husband is thrown into turmoil when a fisherman she was once in love with visits the island.

Shorts, Animation & Experimental

  • Starring Xavier
    A $40,000.00 grant to Briony Kidd & Jackie King to produce a short film. Xavier is a fat man who works in a floating fish shop. Things are not going well for this gentle man … will Shakespeare be his salvation?
  • Ghost Land
    A grant of $28,788.00 to Leigh Craven of Furry Films to produce a short animated film. Coming home to Tasmania , a young man finds ghosts where before he knew none.
  • Youth Justice Animation Project
    A grant of $19,000.00 to community artist Ian Pidd (Shaken & Suspicious) to fund a short animated film project in which the applicant will work with young Tasmanian offenders and Blue Rocket to produce an animation.

Industry and Cultural Development

  • A grant of $5,000 to Robyn Brake to assist in the staging of the annual Tropfest screenings in Hobart .
  • A grant of $10,000 to provide annual assistance to the AFI to support the AFI State Cinema's 2002 exhibition program.
  • De Witt Island 2001 Director Mentorship: A $5,000 grant to Chris Gallagher (On the Isle Productions Pty Ltd) to facilitate the attachment of film maker Roger Scholes as mentor to emerging film maker Ella Kennedy, the director of the documentary De Witt Island 7001.
  • World of Women Cinema/Exploding Cinema: A $5,000 grant to Women in Film and Television - Tasmania, to present World of Women Cinema, a film festival with a primary emphasis on women's cinema, along with a local competition Exploding Cinema.
  • The Shack Cinematography Traineeship: A $9,224 grant to facilitate the attachment of Matthew Newton to the Roar Film episodes of the documentary The Shack, as a cinematography trainee.