Screen Australia Invests $2 Million in Nine Documentaries

Australia ( April 13, 2011

Screen Australia Invests $2 Million in Nine Documentaries

Screen Australia Invests $2 Million in Nine Documentaries

Screen Australia today announced investment of $2 million in nine documentaries. The investment will trigger production worth over $12 million.

Two domestic documentaries were announced, including Anatomy Series 3, which will explore art, sex and the body over three episodes. The series will be executive produced by Tony Ayres, produced by Michael McMahon and Polly Staniford and written and directed by Paolo Morabito, Alethea Jones and Kim Munro.

The observational documentary Running to America will also receive investment through the Domestic Documentary Program. From executive producer Michael Cordell, producer Juliet Bishop and writer/director Matt Long, it follows four Indigenous Australians competing in the famous New York Marathon.

Seven international documentaries were announced, including Jack the Ripper: Prime Suspect, investigating how modern science might finally hold the key to cracking the case of the most infamous serial killer case in history. The film will be executive produced and produced by Julia Redwood and Ed Punchard, and directed by Franco di Chiera.

“I’m thrilled to announce such a diverse slate of quality domestic and international documentaries,” said Screen Australia Chief Executive Ruth Harley.

“Among the domestic projects, the critically acclaimed Anatomy series will continue to deliver visually inventive arts documentaries, while Running to America promises a feel-good story from the Top End. The seven international projects will further extend our uniquely Australian stories and voices on the world stage,” said Dr Harley.

Shark City, which explores the rise of bull sharks in the suburbs of the Gold Coast (ep: Kip Spidell, p/d: Jason Markland, w: Kip Spidell, Jason Markland) and Koalas: The Secret Society Exposed,which follows a year in the lives of eight koalas (ep: Hugh Marks, p: Bettina Dalton, w/d: Paul Scott), are among the other projects to receive support through the International Documentary Program.

Executive producer Hugh Marks, producer Veronica Fury, and writer/director Susan Lambert were also funded to produce Dancing Down Under, which follows the colourful and competitive world of Irish dancing in Australia. Other International Documentary Program projects to receive support include Aussiewood (ep: Tony Ayres, p: Michael McMahon, Cecilia Ritchie, d: Gary Doust), Devil Island (ep/p: Sally Ingleton, d: Andrew Sully) and Wild Australia (ep: Hugh Marks, p: Bettina Dalton, d: Rory McGuinness).

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