WA shorts for SBS on Demand

L-R: Emilia Jolakoska (producer), Lynette Curran (Molly), Hayley McElhinney (Dee), Miley Tunnecliffe (director) and Rarriwuy Hick (Cara).

Two Western Australian short form projects have been funded by Screenwest’s Scripted Short Form Content Initiative, to screen at SBS on Demand.

The fund aims to support emerging Western Australian filmmakers from under represented diverse groups. Two projects were selected for $80,000 each in production funding.

“The initiative has been a brilliant leg-up for emerging Western Australian filmmakers, giving them a unique opportunity to work directly with network executives and better understand the demands of the market,” said Screenwest Scripted Executive Ross Grayson Bell.

SBS Director of TV and Online Content, Marshall Heald said, “Australia’s diverse communities are its greatest strength and should be represented in both the stories we tell and the talent that we foster at all levels of production. This initiative provides new opportunities for emerging storytellers to gain valuable experience and connect with a wider audience.”

The two successful projects to air later in 2019 are:

Molly & Cara
3 x 5-minute episodes.
Emilia Jolakoska (Producer)
Miley Tunnecliffe (Writer/Director)
Jub Clerc (Writer)
Andrea Fernandez (Writer)
Amanda Higgs (Executive Producer)
Synopsis: An odd couple comedy about a bigoted white pensioner and an Aboriginal student forced to live together.

Tribunal
A 16-minute short.
Hannah Ngo (Producer)
Mason Fleming (Director)
Alex Morrison (Writer)
Synopsis: A harried interpreter must go beyond her professional boundaries, in the face of an antagonist tribunal, in deciding the fate of an asylum seeker.

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