Aussie TV on show at Berlin

Picnic at Hanging Rock, Romper Stomper and Safe Harbour (pictured) are flying the Aussie flag at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.

This year there is no drama feature but Australian TV is well represented with one Australian feature-length documentary, five TV shows or web episodes and four short films. Four emerging Australian directors – all women – have been selected to participate in the Berlinale Talents program.

Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason tells Variety, “Australian TV has always been popular in other territories as it depicts our unique geography and way of life, but in the past couple of years our local industry’s focus on making premium drama has been particularly successful – led by Top of the Lake at Berlin and Cannes, followed by ‘Cleverman’ in 2016 and now Picnic at Hanging Rock, Romper Stomper and Safe Harbour.
“Expect to see this focus on making high-end product for a global market continue from Australian producers, particularly since incentives for both local and co-productions continue to be very generous,” says Mason.
Australian content selected for 2018 Berlinale:
TV and Web
 
• FremantleMedia Australia’s drama “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” starring Natalie Dormer. (Berlinale Series)
 
• Roadshow Rough Diamond’s “Romper Stomper”; a Stan original series, already sold to BBC Three and Sundance TV. (EFM’s Drama Series Days)
 
• Closer Prods.’ comedy series “F***ing Adelaide” from director Sophie Hyde (EFM’s Drama Series Days)
 
• Seymour Films’ web series “Other People’s Problems” (EFM’s Drama Series Days)
 
• Matchbox Pictures’ SBS series “Safe Harbour” (EFM’s Drama Series Days.)
 
Short Films
 
• “Tangles and Knots” starring Odessa Young, produced by Janet Brown and written and directed by Renée Marie Petropoulos, in Generation 14plus
 
• Closer Prods.’ “A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl,” written and directed by Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Generation Kplus)
 
• Wabi Sabi Studios’ “Lost & Found,” from producer Lucy Hayes and directors Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe (Generation Kplus)
 
 • Australian/Korean “Paper Crane” (Generation Kplus)
 
Documentary

• 6 Season Prods.’ feature-length “Gurrumul” (Berlinale Special, presented in co-operation with NATIVe)

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