ABC children’s drama My Place has won a second season, with funding approved from Screen Australia.
The second season based on the book by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins will tell the story of children from the period from 1878 to before white settlement. The first series has aired on both ABC3 and ABC1, but a primetime slot on the latter was dropped in favour of an afternoon airing to follow in April.
Screen Australia has also approved funding for a number of documentaries for the ABC, SBS, Foxtel and the SBS Shine-produced factual series The Family in which an Australian family will live under the scrutiny of cameras for 3 months.
My Place Series 1, Part 2
Producer Penny Chapman
Co-producer Helen Panckhurst
Writers Alice Addison, Blake Ayshford, Leah Purcell, John Alsop, Wayne Blair, Nicholas Parsons, Gina Roncoli, Greg Waters, Dallas Winmar
Directors Jessica Hobbs, Catriona McKenzie, Sam Lang, Michael James Rowland, Shawn Seet
Sales & Distribution ABC, ABC Commercial & ACTF
Synopsis Continues the story of 26 children who live in the one spot in Australia over 260 years. Part 2 tells their tales from 1878 to Beforetime (before white settlement). Based on the award-winning book for children by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins.
Documentary – Domestic one-offs
Driving to D-Day
Intomedia Pty Ltd
Producer/Writer/Director Stuart Scowcroft
Broadcaster The History Channel
Sales & Distribution Intomedia
Synopsis Across a continent to the invasion beaches of Normandy, 30 eccentric Australians drive through history in antique military vehicles to commemorate the landings that liberated Europe.
A co-production between Frontline Films and Rebel Films
Producer Jeni McMahon
Co-producer/Writer/Director/DOP David Bradbury
Synopsis After a life-saving liver transplant unorthodox filmmaker Paul Cox contemplates his own mortality and his life’s work.
Recipe for Murder
Stray Dog Pictures for Jumping Dog Productions
Producer Susan Lambert
Co-producer Frank Haines
Writer/Director Sonia Bible
Broadcaster ABC TV
Sales & Distribution ABC Commercial
Synopsis Sydney, 1953… Women went on a killing spree. Their weapon… one lethal ingredient in a Recipe for Murder.
Producer Pat Fiske
Director/Co-producer Catherine Scott
Synopsis Scarlet Road follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression, she specialises in a new and emerging clientele – people with disability.
Documentary – Domestic series
Shine Australia Pty Ltd
Executive Producers Mark Fennessy and Carl Fennessy
Sales & Distribution SBS Content Sales, Shine International
Synopsis An eight-part documentary series that lifts the lid on family dynamics to build an intimate portrait of family life in Australia today, The Family follows the highs and lows of every aspect of one Australian family.
Documentary – International one-off
360 Degree Films
Writer/Producer Sally Ingleton
Director Simon Target
Sales & Distribution NGTI
Broadcaster ABC, RTBF Belgium, YLE and SVT
Synopsis An intimate look at the kangaroos taking over the suburbs of Canberra and the team of ecologists following their every move.
Documentary – International series
Dr Mary Goes Bush
Artemis International Pty Ltd
Executive Producers Brian Beaton, Celia Tait
Producer Brian Beaton
Director Stuart Grieg
Sales & Distribution SBS Content Sales
Broadcaster SBS, BBC Scotland
Synopsis Outspoken and zealous, Dr Mary Fortune leaves Scotland to take up the challenge of working in one of the most remote medical posts on the planet. With her fresh eyes we discover the realities of Australian health delivery in a new light.
Documentary – Special Documentary Fund
Life in Movement: Tanja Liedtke’s story
Closer Productions (production company)
Producers Sophie Hyde and Bryan Mason
Directors Bryan Mason and Sophie Hyde
Sales & Distribution TBC
Synopsis At 29, Tanja Liedtke was appointed as the director of Sydney Dance Company; she never started the job. Her sudden death brings life into sharp focus.
Source: Screen Australia