After announcing documentary initiatives in Victoria and New South Wales, SBS is now on the hunt for stories from Western Australia.
The Secrets and Lives strand is seeking stories on WA characters in a joint deal between the broadcaster and ScreenWest.
As with the Victorian and NSW docos, nine episodes will air as 3 x 3 stories in 2010. Up to $360,000 will be provided for the development and production of each WA series.
“Secrets and Lives will take viewers into the fascinating, compelling and entertaining world of WA’s real life characters,” Ian Booth, ScreenWest Chief Executive said.
“The stories could be dramatic, real life soap operas that show us a gripping Australian subculture, or stories about passionate people tackling the major social issues of our time.
“No matter how the stories are told, each episode will reveal the secrets hidden in our characters’ lives and the issues that the programs explore.”
Denise Eriksen, SBS Manager of Production and Development says: “Secrets and Lives is shaping up to be a really exciting and entertaining new documentary strand for Australian audiences. Similar initiatives with Film Victoria and Screen New South Wales have brought forward terrific ideas which we’re confident will connect with and entertain SBS’s audience. Now we can look forward to similarly great ideas from producers in WA.”
An information session in Perth will be held on August 26th. For further details contact ScreenWest on (08) 9224 7340 or visit www.screenwest.com.au.
Applications to SBS by 30 September.