Create NSW announces 12 new screen productions for the state including three feature films and four television dramas
The screen sector in NSW is set to heat up with 12 new projects to go into production.
These productions will bring a total of $60.85 million in direct expenditure to NSW and create over 3,400 highly-skilled jobs in the screen sector.
The productions include Little Monsters, to be directed by actor-turned-director Abe Forsythe and produced by Jodi Matterson (both Down Under) with international producing partners Steve Hutensky (upcoming The Nightingale), Keith and Jess Calder (Blair Witch), and Big Little Lies
producer Bruna Papandrea, who will return to local production as Executive Producer of the film.
The French-Australian co-production Slam brings acclaimed Sydney-based director Partho Sen-Gupta (Let the Wind Blow, Sunrise) to shoot in Western Sydney with an international cast that includes Adam Bakri (Omar), Rachael Blake (Cleverman, Lantana) and Abbey Aziz (Let It Be Love).
Producers of the thriller are Michael Wrenn (Three Summers), Tenille Kennedy (Bad Girl) and Marc Irmer (Sunrise).
Also included is the new feature film from brothers Tristan Roache-Turner and Kiah Roache-Turner, the follow up to their worldwide hit Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead. The as yet untitled film will be produced by Andrew Mason (The Matrix) and eOne’s Troy Lum.
New television to be produced in NSW includes a new eight-part series from Playmaker, the producers of The Code and Love Child and the new four-part series Dead Lucky, created by Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt (the creative team who brought House Husbands to the screen), which will be directed by David Caesar (Dirty Deeds, The Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows). Also supported is the returning series of the much-loved Rake and series two of Doctor Doctor.
The feature documentary Beautiful Minds: The Agents of Change charts the journey of 76 female scientists on an epic journey to Antarctica, exposing the disturbing prevalence of gender inequality in STEM.
Making Muriel follows film director P.J. Hogan and his creative partners as they turn an Australian film classic into a world-first stage musical at the Sydney Theatre Company and Todd Sampson returns to television with Body Hack 2.0. Also funded is a production from Screentime, and the multi-platform The Queen and Zak Grieve, a 'vodcast’ series which delves into the story of Zak Grieve, a young Indigenous man sent to jail for life over a murder, despite the judge finding he wasn’t there when it took place.