New docos funded for ABC, SBS, Foxtel.

By David Knox on August 9, 2013 / Filed Under News 0

2013-08-09_1552New documentaries for ABC, SBS and Foxtel have received funding from Screen Australia.

ABC has 88, telling a story from 1988 when 30,000 Aboriginal people marched in Sydney.

Life at 9 continues to follow the child development of 10 Australian children.

The Flying Miners is a three-part ABC series about everyday Australians who travel far and wide to make it in the mining industry while Wizards of Oz looks at how Aussies such as Barry Humphries and Clive James left our shores to become international successes.

The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse is the story of the 135,000 Australian horses that went to the First World War. while Crash Test Mummies and Daddies provides a snapshot of contemporary Australian parenting, from producer/writers Judith John-Story and Claire Haywood. Family Confidential is also returning to ABC while Outback Choir is an intimate portrait of growing up in regional Australia and the difference belonging to a choir can make.

Foxtel’s Who We Are 3 is a one-off documentary explores the diversity of contemporary Indigenous Australia and Taking on the Chocolate Frog is a three-part documentary series produced for SBS Subscription Channel and STUDIO, which follows an unlikely bunch of Shakespearean wannabes.

NATIONAL DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

88
58 mins
Puksekey Productions Pty Ltd
Producer Michaela Perske
Director Adrian Russell Wills
Writers Adrian Russell Wills, Michaela Perske
Sales Agent Flame Distribution
Broadcaster ABC TV
Synopsis In 1988, over 30,000 Aboriginal people converged in Sydney for a march that would change the nation.

LIFE AT 9
2 x 57 mins
Life at 9 Pty Ltd
Executive Producer Jennifer Cummins
Producers Naomi Just
Writer/Director Jennifer Peedom
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Life at 9 continues the stories of 10 Australian children against the backdrop of the largest-ever longitudinal scientific study done on child development, this time looking at identity and creativity.

TAKING ON THE CHOCOLATE FROG
3 x 54 mins
Screentime Pty Ltd
Producers Bob Campbell, Simon Steel, Debbie Cuell
Writer/Director Debbie Cuell
Sales Agent Banijay International
Broadcaster SBS Subscription Channel, STUDIO
Synopsis Taking on the Chocolate Frog is a remarkable documentary series that follows an unlikely bunch of Shakespearean wannabes.

THE WALER: AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WAR HORSE
57 mins
Paalma Pty Ltd trading as Mago Films
Producer Marian Bartsch
Writer Barry Strickland
Director Russell Vines
Sales Agent ABC Commercial
Broadcaster ABC TV
Synopsis Over 135,000 Australian horses went to the Great War. Only one came home. This is their story.

GENERAL DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

CRASH TEST MUMMIES AND DADDIES
6 x 30 mins
Southern Star Entertainment Pty Ltd
Producers/Writers Judith John-Story, Claire Haywood
Sales Agent Endemol Worldwide Distribution
Broadcaster ABC2
Synopsis A snapshot of contemporary Australian parenting as four very different parents face the challenges, pressures, tears and laughter that accompany the biggest life-changing event in their lives – the birth of their first child.

FAMILY CONFIDENTIAL SEASON THREE
6 x 30 mins
Kalmedia Pty Ltd & Southern Pictures
Producers Laurie Critchley, Heather Nash, Robyn Smith
Directors Kay Pavlou, Heather Nash, Laurie Critchley
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Six highly crafted half-hour films reveal the secret stories behind some of Australia’s most famous families.

OUTBACK CHOIR
57 mins
Heiress Films Pty Ltd
Producers Jennifer Cummins, Seema Khanna
Writer/Director Lisa Nicol
Broadcaster ABC1
Synopsis An intimate portrait of growing up in regional Australia, and the huge difference one small choir can make.

WHO WE ARE 3
60 mins
CAAMA Productions Pty Ltd
Producers Alice Taylor, Nicolas Lee
Writers Larissa Behrendt, Suzi Taylor
Sales Agent Ronin Films
Broadcaster Foxtel
Synopsis Through the eyes of six young Australians we explore and celebrate the diversity of contemporary Indigenous Australia.

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

THE FLYING MINERS
3 x 57 mins
Screentime Pty Ltd
Series Producer David Peters
Sales Agent Banijay International
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis A high-stakes contemporary story about everyday Australians who travel far and wide to make it in the mining industry.

WIZARDS OF OZ
2 x 57 mins
Mint Pictures Pty Ltd, Serendipity Productions Pty Ltd
Producers Margie Bryant, Dan Goldberg, Adam Kay
Writer Howard Jacobson
Director Paul Clarke
Sales Agent TCB Media
Broadcaster ABC1, BBC4
Synopsis Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson sets off on a journey of discovery to understand why Barry Humphries, Robert Hughes, Germaine Greer and Clive James left Australia in the 1960s and how they became cultural icons – and iconoclasts – in London and New York.

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