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New ABC, SBS factuals.

A new Dr Michael Mosley series for SBS, and a series on our love of books for ABC.

Screen Australia has announced $2 million of production funding for new documentary projects

Australia’s Health Revolution with Dr Michael Mosley by Artemis Media is funded for SBS while Blackfella Films has an untitled series on our love of books, for ABC.

“This is an exciting line up of documentaries that will provide fascinating insights into contemporary Australia on themes of the environment, health and human behaviour, as well as examining aspects of our history. We’re particularly thrilled to support a number of Indigenous stories in this slate.” said Bernadine Lim, Head of Documentary at Screen Australia.

“Even under normal circumstances, the timeframe between a project being funded and it actually going into production can be lengthy. Although the impacts of COVID-19 are evolving, I want to reassure the documentary sector that our funding programs remain open for applications. We will work with individual funded productions if they need to change their shoot plans.”

The slatev also includes a feature documentary about the unsolved Bowraville Murders; and River, a feature documentary follow up from the award-winning team behind box office hit Mountain.

Commissioned program:

Australia’s Health Revolution with Dr Michael Mosley
3 x 53 mins
Artemis Media Pty Ltd
Series Director Russell Vines
Producer Nia Pericles
Executive Producer Celia Tait
Broadcaster SBS
Synopsis Backed by the latest science, can renowned science journalist Dr Michael Mosley and local sports physiologist-turned diabetes warrior, Ray Kelly revolutionize the nation’s health and reverse type 2 diabetes across the country, saving both lives and limbs?

Untitled Book Series
3 x 57 mins
Blackfella Films
Director Bruce Permezel
Writer Jacob Hickey
Producer Darren Dale
Series Producer Jacob Hickey
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis An inspiring documentary series that takes us on a journey to celebrate our love of books, meet our great storytellers and explore our Australian identity.

Producer program:

Are You Addicted to Technology?
1 x 60 mins
Joined Up Films and Closer Productions
Director Darren Hutchison, Jake Blackburn
Creative Director Matthew Bate
Producers Matthew Bate, Darren Hutchison
Executive Producers Dan Brown, Jacqueline Willinge
Synopsis Are You Addicted to Technology is a timely, radical and innovative interactive documentary, that will challenge everything we thought we knew about ourselves and our relationship with technology.

Flyways
1 x 90 mins
Freshwater Productions and Storyland
Director Randall Wood
Writers Randall Wood, Trish Lake
Producers Trish Lake, Randall Wood
Synopsis Using nanotechnology and global tracking from the International Space Station, we follow migratory shorebirds, the world’s greatest endurance athletes as they travel the ancient flyways of our planet, and meet the scientists, international lawyers and citizen scientists collaborating to save them.

River
1 x 75 mins
Stranger Than Fiction Films
Director Jennifer Peedom
Writer Robert MacFarlane
Producers Jo-anne McGowan, Jennifer Peedom, John Smithson
Synopsis A journey from source to sea, River is a cinematic and musical odyssey that explores the remarkable relationship between humans and rivers.

Paper City
1 x 90 mins
Feather Films
Writer/Director Adrian Francis
Producer Melanie Brunt
Executive Producers Sophie Hyde, Rebecca Summerton
Synopsis Paper City tells the story of three survivors of the 1945 fire-bombing of Tokyo as they launch one final campaign to leave behind a record of this forgotten tragedy—before the last of them passes away. Using paper as a central metaphor—a means of documenting the past that is as fragile as life itself—Paper City will explore the power and frailty of memory. And, in giving a voice to the Tokyo survivors, the film will shine a light on the lasting impact of civilian-targeted air raids.

You Are Not Alone
5 x 5 mins
Redman Media
Director Lyndal Redman
Producers Lyndal Redman, Lauren Hillman, Caroline Winter
Synopsis A journey of heartbreak over the loss of a child and the joy as one woman finally gives birth to her rainbow baby.

Off Country (Working title)
1 x 80 mins
Letterbox Films
Director John Harvey, Rhian Skirving
Producer John Harvey, Rhian Skirving
Executive Producer Tom Zubrycki
Synopsis Off Country will follow the lives of six young Indigenous students as they leave their communities to spend a year boarding at one of the oldest and most elite boarding schools in the country, Geelong Grammar.

History Bites Back
1 x 52 minutes
Brindle Films
Directors Trisha Morton-Thomas, Craig Anderson
Writer Trisha Morton-Thomas
Producer Bridget May
Synopsis History Bites Back at negative social media comments and steer the conversation to look into the historical context of the fortunes and misfortunes of Aboriginal Australians from social security, citizenship and equal wages to nuclear bombs and civil actions.

The Bowraville Murders (Working title)
1 x 80 mins
Mint Pictures and Jumping Dog Productions
Director Allan Clarke
Writers Dan Goldberg, Stefan Moore
Producers Dan Goldberg, Stefan Moore
Executive Producers Susan Lambert, Adam Kay
Synopsis Exactly 30 years ago…Three murdered Aboriginal kids…One white suspect…Justice is not colour blind in Australia in 2020.

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