Screen Australia announces $600,000 Story Development funding

18 features and five online series will receive funding

Screen Australia has announced Story Development funding for 18 features and five online series, as well as one supported talent development placement, totalling almost $600,000.

The slate includes a drama project for acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa); a feature film adaptation of award-winning writer Hannah Kent’s novel “The Good People”; a coming-of-age story from renowned visual artist Del Kathryn Barton; and debut feature projects from Sundance-winning writer/director Goran Stolevski (Would You Look At Her) and writer Michelle Law (Homecoming Queens).

Among the projects funded for development are:

Aquarius Films’ How (Not) To Start An Orphanage based on the novel of the same name about the true story of Tara Winkler.

Handmaid Media’s comedy Laurinda – a coming-of-age story about Chinese/Vietnamese teenager Lucy Linh Lam who is thrust from her familiar working-class immigrant family background to a prestigious private school when she wins a scholarship.

Causeway Films’ drama Puff – an experimental feature-length project combining both live action and animation, led by two-time Archibald-winning artist Del Kathryn Barton.

Aquarius Films producers Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford have optioned Hannah Kent’s novel “The Good People”, a period drama/thriller set in 19th Century Ireland about three women who attempt to rescue a child from a superstitious community.

The Dollhouse Pictures’ drama You’ll Love Me from emerging producer Jessica Carrera and writer/director Goran Stolevski, is about a 50-something part-time actor and full-time cleaning lady who finally gets a break in love and career.

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