East West 101 wins third series

Screen Australia approves funding for a third series of East West 101, more Rescue: Special Ops, a new drama by Andrew Knight, and a new dinosaur CGI series.

ewRecent funding approvals at Screen Australia indicate a third series for East West 101 will bring the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the streets of Sydney.

Director Peter Andrikidis is once again on board, as well as being one of the directors for a second season of Rescue: Special Ops for Nine -the action series has won financing from the government body (despite Nine declaring a second season in an on-air announcement at the season finale).

Richard Roxburgh is a co-producer, and presumably star, of a new drama called Rake, in which a criminal barrister is “reckless, brilliant, self destructive, funny and bloody minded – and that’s just his private life. Professionally he is driven to win the unwinnable and defend the indefensible.” With Andrew Knight as a co-writer, it is expected to air on the ABC.

Elsewhere, Seven has a one-off doco on The Battle at Fromelles, ABC has Dino Stampede, a new dinosaur CGI series as a co-production with the BBC, and SBS has a doco on “tent-boxing” in Queensland, The Real Fight Club.

Television Drama
East West 101 – Series 3
East West 101 Season 3 Pty Ltd
Producers Steve Knapman, Kris Wyld
Director Peter Andrikidis
Sales and Distribution SBS Content, Target
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis The new season explores the ramifications of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan through crimes committed in Australia. What happened during the war in the opium fields of the Chora Valley in Afghanistan, and the collateral damage to civilians in Tikrit in northern Iraq, comes home to the main streets and malls of Lakemba.

Like A Virgin (mini-series)
Porchlight Films Pty Ltd
Producer Liz Watts
Created and Written by Marieke Hardy, Kirsty Fisher
Sales and Distribution ABC Commercial, Portmans
Broadcaster ABC TV
Synopsis A series about a woman whose sexual history catches up with her in the most unusual of ways.

Essential Media & Entertainment Pty Ltd
Producers Ian Collie, Peter Duncan and Richard Roxburgh
Writer/Director Peter Duncan
Writer Andrew Knight
Sales and Distribution ABC Content, DCD Rights
Synopsis Criminal barrister, Cleaver Greene, is reckless, brilliant, self destructive, funny and bloody minded – and that’s just his private life. Professionally he is driven to win the unwinnable and defend the indefensible.

Rescue Special Ops – Series 2
Southern Star Entertainment Pty Ltd
Producers Sarah Smith, Julie McGauran
Writers Michaeley O’Brien, John Ridley, Sarah Smith, Dave Warner, Tim Lee and Sam Meikle
Directors Peter Andrikidis, Arnie Custo, Shawn Seet and Garth Maxwell
Sales and Distribution Southern Star International
Synopsis Continuing on nine months after the climactic events that closed Series 1, this one-hour action drama series is based around the lives and loves of the elite Rescue Special Operations Unit – ordinary heroes bonded through an extraordinary job, saving lives every day.

I, Spry
Blackwattle Films
Executive Producer Peter Butt
Producers Peter Butt, Anna Grieve
Writer/Director Peter Butt
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis The rise and fall of Australia’s master spy, a complex Machiavellian character, who attempts to counter the Communist threat, but finds himself in a ‘wilderness of mirrors’ where nobody is who or what they seem.

Making Australia Happy
Heiress Company
Executive Producer Daryl Karp
Producer Jennifer Cummins
Writer Will Parry
Director Kalita Corrigan
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Taking the science of positive psychology to Australia’s most miserable city.

Outback Kids
Executive Producer Mark Hamlyn
Producer Mike Bluett
Writers Mike Bluett, Marc Radomsky
Director Marc Radomsky
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Following the work of the Brahminy Group in the Northern Territory which helps troubled youth and street kids reclaim their lives.

Domestic Documentaries – One Offs
Dancing With The Prime Minister
November Films
Producer Anne Delaney
Director Lara Cole
Broadcaster ABC TV
Synopsis This is the story of the first ever national Aboriginal Debutante Ball. The women who, in white, nylon, tulip-skirted dresses and beehive hairdos, ‘came out’ to Australian Prime Minister John Gorton in 1968.

Fromelles’ Lost Soldiers
Tattooed Media
Executive Producer Daryl Karp
Producer Sally Regan
Director Wain Fimeri
Broadcaster Channel 7
Synopsis The Battle at Fromelles has been described as the worst 24 hours in Australian military history. But with the discovery of six unmarked mass-graves in Northern France it is now possible to unpack in forensic detail the terrible events of 1916 and put names to the bodies of some of those buried. And as the first new Commonwealth war cemetery nears completion, we track down living descendants, people who 90 years later, are still trying to find resolution to a loss that only a marked grave can bring.

A Very Short War
Conti Bros Films
Producer Karl Conti
Writer Susan Young
Directors Bill Young, Myles Conti
Broadcaster History Channel
Synopsis A heartening story of great loss and the ripple effect it creates, as it follows the quest by the nephew Cliff never knew, to unravel the truth behind the ultimate sacrifice made in a lonely place far from home.

Domestic Door – Documentary Series
Dying Days
Cordell Jigsaw Productions
Executive Producers Michael Cordell, Nick Murray
Producer Rick McPhee
Director Jen Peedom
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis Death is often hidden away in modern society. This series takes audiences inside Sydney’s Sacred Heart Hospice where staff care for patients in their final days.

The Real Fight Club
Mindful Media
Executive Producer/Writer/Director Paul Scott
Producer Isabel Perez
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis Before television, tent boxing was a major form of entertainment in Australia, North America and the UK, with boxing troupes touring small towns so volunteers could fight for cash. Over the last four decades, tent boxing has been banned nearly everywhere for safety reasons. Queensland is now the only state where tent boxing is both legal and viable. Fred Brophyruns the last surviving tent boxing troupe in the world and in 2010 he will embark on his final boxing tour. Infamous for taking in drifters, ex-jailbirds and addicts and helping them get their lives back on track, we follow Fred and get inside this unique subculture to discover what drives rural Australian men and women to fight.

Boxing For Palm Island
Pursekey Productions
Executive Producers Marian Macgowan, Miranda Culley
Producer/Writer Michaela Perske
Writer/Director Adrian Wills
Broadcaster ABC TV
Synopsis There is a new generation of warriors coming out of Palm Island, a place with a dark history and a less than stellar reputation. A new era of hope, strength and courage is about to show the world that the kids from Palm Island are fighting back and have the makings of champions, but within this gilded cage come stories of generational poverty, stories of disadvantage, stories of the vicious cycle of intergenerational trauma. This group of boxers are defying stereotypes and taking the future into their own hands with the help and support of Uncle Ray – the man who has brought boxing back to Palm Island.

Nganampa Anwernekenhe – Series 22
Caama Productions
Executive Producers Ray Lillis, Robyn Nardoo (Ep 4)
Series Producer Tanya Fraser
Directors Mitch Torres, David Tranter, Robyn Nardoo and Steven McGregor
Broadcaster Imparja
Synopsis A series of half-hour documentaries on aspects of Australian Indigenous culture, both ancient and modern, and featuring Australia’s foremost Aboriginal filmmakers.

International Documentary
Dino Stampede
Prospero Productions
Producers Ed Punchard, Julia Redwood
Writer John McCourt
Distribution NGTI
Broadcaster ABC, BBC Scotland
Synopsis Combining stunning CGI with major high-tech adventure, Dino Stampede reveals how scientists are using battlefield forensics and the latest CGI technology to study the footprints of dinosaurs and unearth incredible details about the predation and social behaviour of these once enigmatic creatures.

Machete Maidens Unleashed!
Fury Productions/Bionic Boy Productions (SPV)
Producer Veronica Fury
Writer/Director Mark Hartley
Sales and Distribution ABC Content Sales
Broadcaster ABC TV
Synopsis A fast-moving odyssey into the subterranean world of Filipino genre filmmaking. Populated by miniature James Bonds and karate kickin’ soul sisters, this is the ultimate insider’s account of a country fighting back to reclaim its very own special national identity – while at the same time creating films that were so commercial they went beyond mainstream.

Firing The Magic Bullet
Rymer Childs Films
Producer Bevan Childs
Producer/Writer/Director Judy Rymer
Sales and Distribution Off The Fence
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis In the coming months, two Australian scientists at the cutting edge of cancer research take their successful trials from the animal kingdom to humans. Ten years of scientific and business struggle is on the line. As they juggle the science, big pharmas, clinicians and investors, we reveal how hard it is to get science to market, even though this discovery could revolutionise cancer treatment.

Divorce Sharia Way
Jennifer Crone Productions
Producer/Writer/Director Jennifer Crone
Sales and Distribution SBS Content Sales
Broadcaster ABC TV
Synopsis Investigates the reality of Sharia marriages and divorce in Australia by following couples as they attempt to obtain a divorce, and the Imams, as they mediate and make judgments on divorce cases.

Source: Screen Australia

2 Responses

  1. Yet more Australia drama that is really scraping the barrel of not only mediocrity but also the detritus that dwells at the bottom.

    East West is just so frustrating, not only because it is one of the most implausible police dramas ever made with their PC rainbow nation team and trite sexual shenanigans, the whole crux of the show should really be a non issue; you’re a police officer first irrespective of your cultural background. It also doesn’t help that out of the core four only Lim and Porter can act. It’s also annoying to know they are going to spend yet another season delving into the same territory already covered. Honestly it feels as though this show is like a dog chasing its tail.

    Like A Virgin sounds truly terrible made even worse by the fact Marieke Hardy is writing. A female version of Last Man Standing only probably worse. It’s probably Hardy’s life story with the names changed.

    Rake just sounds boring, uninspired and predictable. Though I guess Roxborough and his ego needed another vehicle once East of Everything was canned.

    I was surprised earlier this year when Recue Special Ops was renewed due to terrible writing and even worse ratings. So here’s hoping the writing drastically improves as they have a very talented cast.

    So I guess the ABC still likes languishing in creative stagnation. How many years has it been now?

  2. I am really happy that East West 101 is returning (to SBS) in 2010 for a third season. It’s a great show.

    And the producer (not sure of her name) mentioned this brieflty at the AFI awards a week ago when the show won Best Drama Series.

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