Rupert Murdoch doco for SBS

Screen Australia has invested in six documentary projects coming to ABC, SBS and Pay TV’s Nat Geo.

One of the projects is is a two-part SBS and ITV documentary promising a definitive account of Rupert Murdoch.

Janice Sutherland is writer / director and Andrew Ogilvie and Dinah Lord will produce. It will detail how “one man changed the face of the media to become one of the wealthiest, most powerful and enigmatic figures in the world.”

Other projects include the story of the legendary front man of the Warumpi Band, an epic four-part series on Kakadu, a three-part series looking at the new science of brain plasticity, a doco about possums and people vying for real estate and a 360º look at Sydney Harbour.

National Documentary Program (NDP)

George Rrurrambu
Night Sky Films Pty Ltd
1 x 57 mins
Producers Rachel Clements, Lisa Watts
Director Steven McGregor
Writer Lisa Watts, Steven McGregor
Broadcaster ABC TV
Synopsis George Rrurrambu, legendary front man of the Warumpi Band, made an extraordinary contribution to contemporary Indigenous music and awakened the Australian consciousness of a third world in its own back yard.

International Program

Eye Spy Productions Pty Ltd trading as Northern Pictures
4 x 57 mins
Producer Sue Clothier
Director/Writer Nick Robinson
Broadcaster ABC TV
Sales Cineflix
Synopsis Kakadu, an epic four by one hour documentary series combining human and animal lives to tell the extraordinary story of a year in Kakadu National Park.

Electric Pictures
2 x 52 mins
Producers Andrew Ogilvie, Dinah Lord
Director/Writer Janice Sutherland
Broadcaster SBS, ITV
Sales BBC Worldwide, TenAlps
Synopsis The definitive account of how one man changed the face of the media and became one of the wealthiest, most powerful and enigmatic figures in the world.

Redesign My Brain
Mindful Media
3 x 55mins
Producers Paul Scott, Isabel Perez
Director/Writer Paul Scott
Broadcaster ABC TV
Sales Cineflix, Universal Pictures International
Synopsis For the first time on TV the new science of brain plasticity is put to the test as a celebrity host experiences a radical brain makeover under the guidance of the world’s top neuroscientists.

Possum Wars
360 Degree Films
1 x 55 mins
Producer Sally Ingleton
Director Bruce Permezel
Broadcaster ABC, SVT
Sales ZED, ABC Commercial
Synopsis When possums and people vie for real estate – it’s war!

Sydney Harbour – Life on the Edge
Prospero Productions
1 x 52 mins
Producers Ed Punchard, Julia Redwood
Director Russell Vines
Broadcaster Nat Geo Aus
Sales Content West
Synopsis A fascinating quest to reveal the true heart of Australia – its life on the coast. The first ever complete 360º view of Australia’s unique Sydney Harbour from the sky, land and beneath the waves.

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