New telemovies, mini-series at Nine, ABC.
Plus a new kid's series for TEN, new projects for BBC Worldwide and more.
A new telemovie for Nine and new mini-series for the ABC are amongst new drama projects that have received funding from Screen Australia.
Sundowner, a telemovie by Cordell Jigsaw for Nine, looks at the tale of two innocent men who become embroiled in one of the most famous heists in Australia’s history and the fight to clear their names.
ABC’s Jack Irish is a 2 x 2 hr mini-series co-written by Andrew Knight and Matt Cameron, based on the detective character created by crime novelist Peter Temple.
Telemovie Dripping with Chocolate will be produced by Sarah Smith and Julie McGauran (Rescue Special Ops, Wild Boys) about a chocolatier at the centre of a murder mystery. It is being produced for BBC Worldwide by Southern Star.
Prolific kid’s TV producer Jonathan M. Shiff has a new 26 part series for TEN: Mako: Island of Secrets.
Previously announced dramas The Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms (TEN) and Redfern Now (ABC) have also received funding.
Cordell Jigsaw also have a 4 x 1 hour doco series for the ABC, Great Southern Land, which looks at Australia from the air.
TELEVISION – ADULT DRAMA
THE BIKIE WARS: BROTHERS IN ARMS
A Screentime production
Co-producers Louisa Kors, Peter Andrikidis
Executive Producers Des Monaghan, Greg Haddrick, Rick Maier
Series Producer Roger Simpson
Writers Roger Simpson, Jo Martino, Greg Haddrick
Director Peter Andrikidis
Broadcaster Network Ten
Synopsis: Brothers in Arms tells the story behind the fatal feud between two outlaw motorcycle clubs that resulted in the Milperra Bikie Massacre in south-western Sydney on Father’s Day, 1984.
DRIPPING IN CHOCOLATE
Southern Star Entertainment Pty Ltd
Producers Julie McGauran, Sarah Smith
Writers John Ridley, Sarah Smith
Sales Endemol Worldwide Distribution
Broadcaster BBC Worldwide Australia
Synopsis: When Detective Bennett O’Mara investigates the death of a strangled girl it leads him to voluptuous chocolatier Juliana Lovece. Just as this intriguing woman gets under his skin, he suspects she may be at the centre of an increasing murder count.
Essential Media & Entertainment Pty Ltd
Producer Ian Collie
Writers Andrew Knight, Matt Cameron
Director Jeffrey Walker
Sales ZDF Enterprises and ABC Commercial
Synopsis: Jack Irish – criminal lawyer, collector of uncollectable debts, football lover, punter, trainee cabinet-maker and sometime lover. The complete man, really. Two telemovies based on the successful character created by crime novelist Peter Temple.
Blackfella Films Pty Ltd
Producers Darren Dale, Miranda Dear
Story Producer Jimmy McGovern
Writers Jon Bell, Michelle Blanchard, Danielle MacLean, Steven McGregor, Adrian Wills
Sales ABC Commercial
Synopsis: Think Redfern, think black ghetto full of junkies and criminals, right? Think again. Redfern Now is a kaleidoscopic drama that explores this inner-city suburb and the people who inhabit it. Over six episodes we join the households of six ordinary families whose lives are forever changed by a seemingly insignificant incident – an accident, a weakness, a lie.
Cordell Jigsaw Productions and Zinc Finger Films
Producers Russell Vines, Michael Cordell, Paul Bennett
Executive Producers Jo Horsburgh, Nick Murray
Writer Reg Cribb
Director Geoff Bennett
Sales Nine Film and Television
Broadcaster Nine Network
Synopsis: Sundowner is an extraordinary tale about two innocent men who become embroiled in one of the most famous heists in Australia’s history. It is a mysterious saga about their fight to clear their names over a crime that has never been solved.
MAKO – ISLAND OF SECRETS
Jonathan M Shiff Productions
Producer Jonathan M Shiff
Writers Sam Carroll, Anthony Morris, Chris Roache
Director Evan Clarry
Sales ZDF Enterprises
Broadcaster Network Ten
Synopsis: When 15-year-old Zac goes camping on Mako Island, he has no idea his every move is being monitored by real-life mermaids Sirena, Nixie and Lyla, whose job it is to ward off trespassers. When he comes into contact with the magical waters of the Moon Pool on the night of a full moon, Zac is given a taste of Mako’s powers, waking the next day to discover he
has been granted fin-like feet and the power to control water… causing all sorts of trouble for Sirena, Nixie and Lyla.
DOCUMENTARY (NATIONAL DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM)
GREAT SOUTHERN LAND
Cordell Jigsaw Productions
Producer Steve Bibb
Executive Producers Nick Murray, Michael Cordell, Steve Bibb
Writer Michael Cordell
Director Ivan O’Mahoney
Sales The Format Vault
Synopsis: For the first time, witness the world’s largest island continent, its people, its workings, its unique wildlife and dramatic landscape from a revealing perspective – from the air.