New docos in Screen Australia funding


New documentaries have been funded by Screen Australia for Seven, Nine, SBS and National Geographic.

Northern Pictures will produce Outback, a 3 part nature doco for Nine, while Surgery Ship, which looked at Australian doctors and nurses aboard a ‘floating hospital’ sailing to Guinea on SBS, is now expanding to a series.

National Geographic will profile 14yo polar adventurer Jade Hameister in Jade’s Quest while Seven has previously-announced Islands of Oz.

Islands of Oz
3 x 60 mins
Prospero Productions Pty Ltd
Executive Producer: Julia Redwood, Ed Punchard, Bill Jones, Philippa Braithwaite
Director: Ian Leese
Broadcaster: Channel Seven
Synopsis: Islands of Oz is a 3 x 1 hour documentary series that follows acclaimed actor and comedian Martin Clunes as he explores the most diverse, intriguing, remote and spectacular islands that surround Australia

Jade’s Quest
48 mins
Jade Productions Pty Ltd
Executive Producer: Daryl Talbot
Producer/Director/Writer: Wayne Dyer
Broadcaster: NGC Network (Australia) Pty Ltd
Synopsis: Jade is an unassuming 14-year-old who sets out on an extraordinary journey to the top of the world aimed at inspiring young girls to chase their dreams, no matter how impossible her own might seem.


3 x 56 mins
Eye Spy Productions Pty Ltd trading as Northern Pictures
Producer: Tosca Looby
Executive Producer: Karina Holden, Sue Clothier
Director: Brendan Fletcher
Broadcaster: Nine Network
Synopsis: Through the eyes of those who devote their lives to the Outback, comes a deep insight into the elemental power of Nature and its dramatic extremes.

The Surgery Ship Series
8 x 48 mins
Media Stockade Pty Ltd
Producer: Madeleine Hetherton, Rebecca Barry
Writer: Madeleine Hetherton
Broadcaster: National Geographic, SBS
Synopsis: One Ship. Thousands of Patients. One Year to Help. A team of medics facing life and death decisions.

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