New scripted TV projects for ABC, SBS and Nine are amongst $8.5 million of production funding from Screen Australia.
They include family drama The Midwife (working title) from Playmaker, a comedy from Kitty Flanagan called Entitled and an ABC drama about an ambitious TV reporter and a ‘difficult’ female newsreader, called The Newsreader.
There is also a crime caper for SBS, The Unusual Suspects, from Aquarius Films.
A second season of ABC animation The Strange Chores is also funded.
Sally Caplan, Screen Australia’s Head of Content said, “Screen Australia is very much open for business and will continue to fund great ideas. This challenging time for the sector will pass, and when it does we can’t wait to see these projects come to fruition.”
6 x 30
Directors Kitty Flanagan, Tom Peterson
Writers Kitty Flanagan, Penny Flanagan
Producer Vincent Sheehan
Executive Producers Greg Sitch, Liz Watts, Anita Sheehan
Synopsis A comedy series following probate lawyer, Helen Tudor-Fisk (Kitty Flanagan), as she navigates, death, money, grief, property, family and people’s unerring sense of entitlement.
The Midwife (working title):
Genre Drama, Family
Writers Jono Gavin, Sarah Smith
Executive Producers David Taylor, David Maher, Sarah Smith
Broadcaster Nine Network
Synopsis A series about women who always deliver.
6 x 60 mins
Werner Film Productions
Director Emma Freeman
Writer Michael Lucas
Producers Joanna Werner, Michael Lucas
Executive Producers Stuart Menzies, Joanna Werner
Synopsis An ambitious TV reporter and a ‘difficult’ female newsreader team up to conquer the world of commercial news.
The Unusual Suspects:
4 x 60 mins
Aquarius Films Pty Ltd
Producers Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford
Writers Jessica Redenbach, Roger Monk, Vonne Patiag
Synopsis A sexy, addictive whodunnit and a deep dive into the inner workings of the vibrant Filipino domestic worker community and Sydney’s scandalous, cosseted Eastern Suburbs.
The Strange Chores
26 x 11 mins
Ludo Studio, Media World Pictures
Genre Comedy, Family, Action adventure, Animation
Director Scott Vanden Bosch
Writers Anna Barnes, John McGeachin, Luke Tierney
Producers Charlie Aspinwall, Colin South
Showrunner Daley Pearson
Synopsis Two teenage wannabe warrior heroes and a spirited ghost girl master the skills they need to replace an ageing monster hunter by doing his strange supernatural chores.