Screen Australia has announced some funding for new projects which includes Beaconsfield, a Nine telemovie based on the 2006 mining disaster and a new ABC sci-fi series for kids.
Beaconsfield is a three-hour telemovie produced by John Edwards for Nine, to be directed by Glendyn Ivin and written by Judi McCrossin.
The 26-part live action sci-fi children’s series Resistance, combines ‘action, thrills and cutting-edge special effects with the challenges of ordinary childhood life.’ The Australian-Canadian co-production is produced by Andrew Dillon, directed by Andrew Dillon and Geoff Bennett and written by Naomi Janzen and Sarah Lambert.
Screen Australia’s Chief Executive, Ruth Harley said, “Beaconsfield is a tense and emotional version of the mine disaster and subsequent rescue of two men 15 days later which will be sure to attract a significant audience.
“Resistance is a mash-up of Alias meets Buffy meets Transformers meets Spooks and promises to be an entertaining children’s series which will be shot in Australia with a significant proportion of Australian cast and crew.”
Southern Star Entertainment Pty Ltd
Producer John Edwards
Writer Judi McCrossin
Director Glendyn Ivin
Broadcaster Nine Network
International Sales Endemol Worldwide
Synopsis The true story of the 2006 Beaconsfield Mine collapse and the rescue of Todd Russell and Brant Webb.
That’s-A-Wrap Pty Ltd
Producer Andrew Dillon
Writers Naomi Janzen, Sarah Lambert
Directors Andrew Dillon, Geoff Bennett
Executive Producers Catherine Nebauer, Gary Kurtz
Broadcasters ABC TV, YTV
International Sales Shaftesbury Sales Company
Synopsis The fate of humankind is in the hands of a small group of teenage resistance fighters. Armed with technology beyond the cutting edge and trained by a mysterious billionaire, they’re our last line of defence against alien invasion.
Any tips on casting the Beaconsfield flick? Shane Jacobson and Gyton Grantley perhaps?