Alex Dimitriades to star in The Principal for SBS

2014-08-22_1224Alex Dimitriades will star in the upcoming SBS drama The Principal involving a murder at a boys’ high school in South West Sydney.

The drama by Essential Media & Entertainment producer Ian Collie and director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog) is one of several projects funded by Screen NSW.

Production begins in November with the series expected to air in 2015.

Also funded are:

Project CM (working title) is one of two adult drama series for television. The series is an official co-production between Goalpost Pictures, the Sydney-based production company behind The Sapphires, and NZ-based Pukeko Pictures, the sister company to the Oscar-winning Weta Workshop (The Hobbit, The Lord Of The Rings). Producers are Rosemary Blight, Ryan Griffen, Lauren Edwards and Angela Littlejohn; Writers are Jon Bell, Jonathan Gavin and Michael Miller.

My Life in 50 Words or Less, about five gifted Indigenous teenagers who come to Sydney to explore their dreams, is a new venture between Blackfella Films (Redfern Now, The First Australians) and Werner Film Productions (Dance Academy). The second children’s series, Prisoner Zero, is an Australian/Irish co-production from Central Coast production company, Planet 55 Studios, and Irish animation company, Telegael Teoranta.

There are six documentaries (it’s not clear if all are television projects):

· A Cold War (Producer/Writer/Director: Juliet Lamont);

· Call Me Dad (Producers: Madeleine Hetherton and Rebecca Barr, Writer/Director: Sophie Wiesner);

· Ka-Ching! The Rise And Rise Of The Pokies (Executive Producer: Neil Lawrence, Producer: Mitzi Goldman; Writers: Neil Lawrence and Andrea Lang, Director: Jane Manning);

· Kids Unplugged (Producers: Sally Ingleton, Alex Tarney and Tosca Looby, Writers: Alex Tarney and Tosca Looby, Directors: Alex Tarney and Tosca Looby);

· Over The Edge: Where Are They Now (Producer: Fran Dobbie, Writers: Fran Dobbie and Ben Rose, Director: Ben Rose); and

· Priscilla: Journey to the Heart of a Queer Nation (Producers: Jo-Anne McGowan and Jason Burrows, Writers: Paul Clarke and Alex Barry, Director: Paul Clarke).

There are also two factual series:

Making Families Happy (Producer: Jennifer Cummins, Writer/Director Kalita Corrigan) and Village Vets Australia (Producers: Simon Steel, Tim Vincent and Rodney Richmond, Writers: Mark Barlin and Matthew Duffy, Directors: Tim Vincent and Rodney Richmond).

“This is a great return on investment for the Government.  For every dollar invested, more than $18 will be spent in NSW, building capacity and sustainability in our world-class film and television industry,” Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said.

“This fantastic range of film and television programs will be produced here in NSW, and not just in Sydney, but across many regional areas where the significant economic benefits of screen production will make a real impact in the community.”

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