A second season for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is amongst projects that have received funding from Screen Australia today plus Wentworth (Foxtel), Gallipoli (Nine) and new SBS drama Better Man -all three had already been announced.
The approvals also indicate a new telemovie for the ABC: Parer’s War is a biopic about World War II frontline cameraman Damien Parer and his efforts to reveal the truth. It will be produced by Pericles Film, written by Alison Nisselle, and directed by Matthew Saville.
There are also three live-action series for kids: Sam Fox for TEN, based on the books by Justin D’Ath, The Lost Boys from Matchbox Pictures for ABC, and The Worst Year of My Life – Again! a comedy-drama series also for the ABC.
“It’s great to support such a substantial slate of distinctive and compelling adult drama and children’s programs, delivering unique Australian storytelling at its best. Across both adult and children’s television, Screen Australia’s investment commitment will produce 66 hours of television and generate budgets of $73.6 million,” said Screen Australia CEO Ruth Harley.
“Screen Australia is committed to investing in a production slate that encourages new talent, develops successful screen practitioners and promotes ongoing achievement.”
TV Tonight tipped the second season for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries in April.
FremantleMedia Australia in association with Bravado Productions
Producer Stephen Corvini
Executive Producer Jason Stephens
Writer/Director Khoa Do
International Sales SBS International
Synopsis Exactly how much risk would you take to save your brother? For Van Nguyen the answer was whatever it takes, and the devastating consequence of his attempt to traffic heroin from Cambodia to Australia via a change of planes in Singapore was that the 396 grams of drugs that he was discovered carrying was enough to incur the death penalty – 26 times over.
Southern Star Entertainment Pty Ltd
Producers John Edwards, Imogen Banks, Robert Connolly
Writer Christopher Lee (based on the book by Les Carlyon)
Broadcaster Nine Network
International Sales Endemol Worldwide
Synopsis The greatest invasion in the history of warfare was to become a diabolical failure – an eight-month siege where the bravery of Anzac troops was squandered. But in doing so a legend, and a nation, were born.
MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES SERIES 2
Every Cloud Productions
Producers Fiona Eagger, Deb Cox
Head Writers Deb Cox, John Banas, Kristen Dunphy
Director Tony Tilse
International Sales All3Media International
Domestic Sales ABC Commercial
Synopsis Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series 2 is a 13 x 1-hour murder mystery series based on the novels of Australian author Kerry Greenwood.
Pericles Film Productions Pty Ltd
Producer Andrew Wiseman
Writer Alison Nisselle
Director Matthew Saville
Domestic Sales Transmission
Synopsis Parer’s War is the story of World War II frontline cameraman Damien Parer and his desperate efforts to reveal the savage truth of battle and the brutal truth of the heart.
FremantleMedia Australia Pty Ltd
Executive Producer Jo Porter
Producer Amanda Crittenden
Script Producer Lara Radulovich
Director Kevin Carlin
International Sales FremantleMedia
Synopsis We all know Bea Smith ruled Wentworth Detention Centre. She was gutsy and fearless. But who was Bea Smith before prison? How did a wife and mother from the suburbs become a top dog without rival? Where did the confidence and fortitude come from that enabled her to get there, and what injustices and misadventures fuelled her determination to do it? Wentworth is a dynamic, often confronting, drama series that begins with Bea’s early days in prison. Set in the present day, it’s a modern re-imagination of Prisoner.
THE LOST BOYS
Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd
Producers Michael McMahon, Tony Ayres
Writers Craig Irvin, Rhys Graham, Roger Monk, Elise McCredie, Polly Staniford, Shanti Gudgeon
Directors Peter Carstairs, Robert Connolly
International Sales NBCUniversal
Domestic Sales ACTF
Synopsis Four boys get lost in the forest, and discover, when they return home, that they have returned to an alternate world identical to theirs except for one startling difference – they were never born.
SAM FOX: EXTREME ADVENTURES
SLR Productions Pty Ltd
Producer/Executive Producer Suzanne Ryan
Writer Keith Thompson
Broadcaster Network Ten
International Sales ZDFE
Synopsis Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures is an action-packed adventure series about teenage ‘danger magnet’ Sam Fox as he braves the wilds from open ocean to deepest jungle, coming face to face with killer sharks, man-eating leopards, raging tornadoes, erupting volcanoes, deadly scorpions, giant anacondas and much, much more.
THE WORST YEAR OF MY LIFE – AGAIN!
Worst Year Productions Pty Ltd
Producers Ross Allsop, Bernadette O’Mahony
Writers Mark Brotherhood, Brendan Luno, Sam Carroll (and others)
Directors Pino Amenta (and others)
Broadcasters ABC, CBBC (UK)
International Sales ACTF
Synopsis When Alex King goes to bed on the eve of his 15th birthday, he’s relieved that the last disastrous year is finally over. But when he wakes up, time has reset itself and he’s going to have to relive the worst year of his life all over again.