New docos funded for ABC, NITV.

2013-10-28_1339New documentaries at the ABC and NITV have received funding in the last round at Screen Australia.

ABC has a 3 part series Life on the Reef  from Northern Pictures (Kakadu). It look at a year on the world’s largest living structure, the Great Barrier Reef.

Essential Media and Entertainment will produce a one-off doco for ABC Waves of Anzac Cove presented by Sam Neill while Mint Pictures and Identity Films will produce a documentary on a family affected by sexual abuse, The Whistleblowers.

Mav Media will produce a doco for NITV, King’s Seal, which looks at Conspiracy, treason, betrayal, rape and murder in colonial SOuth Australia.

Screen Australia’s Documentary Manager Liz Stevens said, “Screen Australia is pleased to have funded a steady stream of one-off documentaries. These productions, along with the series Life on the Reef, are important stories that will offer audiences diverse opinions on topical subject matters.”


Northern Pictures
3 x 57 minutes
Producers Sue Clothier, Karina Holden, Matthew Tomaszewski
Director Nick Robinson
Sales Agent NH Media
Broadcasters ABC Television, Public Broadcasting Service
Synopsis Life on the Reef – a year on the world’s largest living structure.

Essential Media and Entertainment
1 x 90 minutes
Producers Chris Hilton, Alan Erson, Owen Hughes
Writers Alan Erson, Owen Hughes
Director Tony Krawitz
Sales Agent Essential Media and Entertainment
Broadcasters ABC TV,Māori Television
Synopsis Sam Neill explores the ANZAC century, beginning with his own family’s long involvement in wars, and discovers how the ANZAC story continues to capture the hearts of two countries a hundred years on from Gallipoli.


Mav Media Pty Ltd
1 x 60 minutes
Producers/Directors Kim Mavromatis, Quenten Agius
Associate Producer Stephen Goldsmith
Writer Alexis West
Broadcaster NITV
Synopsis Conspiracy, treason, betrayal, rape and murder: welcome to the free-settler colony of South Australia.

THE WHISTLEBLOWERS (working title)
Mint Pictures Pty Ltd, Identity Films Pty Ltd
1 x 26 minutes
Producers Dan Goldberg, Adam Kay
Director Danny Ben-Moshe
Writers Dan Goldberg, Danny Ben-Moshe
Broadcaster ABC 1
Synopsis The Whistleblowers follows the parallel journeys of a strictly Orthodox father and his now-secular son, after the son goes public with his story of being sexually abused as a student.

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