New drama series in development for Asher Keddie

Asher Keddie and producer Imogen Banks (Offspring, Party Tricks) have a brand new drama in development, announced in Screen Australia funding today.

The Sisters Antipodes, produced by Endemol Shine, centres around estranged families who are pushed to opposite sides of the world. A network has not been confirmed.

Screen Australia’s Head of Development Nerida Moore said: “It’s fantastic to see such strong applications coming through, and in this round we’ve noticed an increase in series as well as a lot of female writers attached to projects.”

“We have 17 female writers attached across 11 of the projects, including new talent driving fresh online comedies with Caitlyn Staples on Nark Mikoladis the Trading Card King and Claudia Pickering on Cheetah Airways. We also have a number of established writers bringing their experience to distinctive new projects, including Lou Sanz working on her first feature Audrey and Fiona Seres adapting true events for television in The Sisters Antipodes.”

TV projects:

The Force (Working Title)
No Coincidence Media Pty Ltd
Genre Action adventure, Comedy
Producer Mitchell Stanley
Director Dena Curtis
Writers Megan Wilding, Steven Oliver, Mitchell Stanley, Dena Curtis
Synopsis When the lives of inner Sydney residents are in danger, they call upon The Force, a cracked team of first responders who know there can only be one hero at the end of the day.

The Sisters Antipodes
Endemol Shine Banks
Genre Drama
Producers Imogen Banks, Asher Keddie
Director TBC
Writers Fiona Seres, Rebecca Rigg
Synopsis In 1965, two families collide. Affairs ignite, couples switch and the scandal pushes the realigned families to opposite sides of the world. Reeling, two little girls are given each other’s fathers. The Sisters Antipodes is the ensuing story of the lifelong competition between them and the tragedy that ends it.

The Upside Of Over
Revlover Films Pty Ltd
Genre Comedy, Drama
Producer Lauren Edwards, Martha Coleman
Director TBC
Writer Josephine Dee Barrett
Synopsis When her inner-most sexual fantasy goes viral, Australia’s most beloved newsreader Olivia Law must reassess the life she’s meticulously built for herself and tackle the age-old question; what do women really want? And how exactly do you rebuild yourself when you never really knew who you were to begin with?

WYLD FGA Pty Ltd in association with Beyond Entertainment Pty Ltd
Genre Thriller
Producers Kristine Wyld, Antony I Ginnane
Executive Producers David Ogilvy, Nina Stevenson
Director TBC
Writers Kristine Wyld, Kristen Dunphy, Sean Cook
Synopsis Claire Marks, a single mother of two, ex Australian Intelligence, now running a security company, learns her daughter was on a plane that was shot down in war-torn Syria. Claire flies to Beirut but finds herself up against ruthless players in an international conspiracy that reaches right back to Australia.


All For Eve
Ava Studios Pty Ltd
Genre Comedy, Drama
Producer/Writer Olga Markovic
Director TBC
Synopsis Starting over isn’t easy. Especially when you’re a single mum with no money and a dead husband.

Amazing Grace
JAM Productions Pty Ltd
Genre Comedy, Drama
Producer/Director Julie Money
Writers Julie Money, Grace Truman
Synopsis A web series from the point of view of teenager Grace, about losing a parent, living and growing up.

Cheetah Airways
Cliff House Productions
Genre Comedy
Producers Claudia Pickering, Emma Leonard, Catherine van der Rijt
Executive Producer Luke Eve
Director Claudia Pickering
Writers Claudia Pickering, Emma Leonard, Prudence Vindin
Synopsis Cheetah Airways is an online comedy series that takes us behind the scenes of a dodgy budget airline.

Nark Mikoladis The Trading Card King
Aunty Donna Pty Ltd
Genre Comedy, Action adventure
Executive Producers Max Miller, Sam Lingham, Broden Kelly, Mark Bonanno, Zachary Ruane, Thomas Armstrong
Director Max Miller
Writers Caitlyn Staples, Jayden Masciulli, Mario Hannah, Ryan Zorzut, Elyce Phillips
Synopsis After discovering that a rare Charizard Pokemon card is now worth a mini fortune, a twenty-something who’s supposed to be looking for a job, begins a quest to reclaim the card from the primary school bully who stole it from her 15 years ago.

Salma And The City
Chemical Media Pty Ltd
Genre Comedy, Drama
Producer Tony Jackson
Director/Writer Kauthar Abdulalim
Synopsis When a 45-year-old Australian-Pakistani mother decides it’s time to chase her dream of winning the Australian Open, she has to battle family expectations, gender stereotypes and centuries of tradition before she even meets an opponent on the tennis court.

One Comment:

  1. Gosh it seems every single one of them is nearly about a solo female lead.
    Which is fine but it almost feels every drama in oz is same/same following this path.
    Miss the more multiple character driven ones like all saints, secret life, rush etc.
    I know there’s a place to call home but i never got into that.
    Wentworth was good too but for me has peaked, i still enjoy it because it’s different to other Aussie made dramas.

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