Screen Tasmania seeds development of two features and a TV drama

28 August, 2018 by Staff Writer

Screen Tasmania has invested more than $45,000 to support the development of two feature films and a TV drama series.

Tasmanian Aboriginal writer Nathan Maynard and Queensland producer Chris Brown (The Proposition, The Railway Man) have received support to develop Musquito – a feature film inspired by the life of the Aboriginal warrior who fought against the white colonists during the Black Wars in Van Diemen’s Land.

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Emerging Indigenous director Dylan River is attached to help develop and ultimately direct the film.

Producer Posie Graeme-Evans, creator of McLeod’s Daughters and Hi-5, has received funding to develop TV drama Family Arrangements, a mystery about the disappearance of a florist, with fellow writers Franz Docherty and Belinda Bradley.

The third project is the feature The World Beneath, a survival saga based on the Cate Kennedy novel from writers Bradley and Docherty and producers Fiona McConaghy (Rosehaven, The Kettering Incident) and Jannine Barnes (Downriver).

Family Arrangements – 8 x 60 minute television drama series ($15,000)

Production company: Millennium Pictures Pty Limited
Writer/Producer: Posie Graeme-Evans
Writers: Franz Docherty and Belinda Bradley
The series centres around the disappearance of a florist, Rose Seeder, and follows her family members as they try to keep the shop running amid the discovery of an astonishing secret.

Musquito – feature film ($18,350)

Production company: Pictures in Paradise Pty. Ltd.
Producer: Chris Brown
Writer/Director: Dylan River
Writer: Nathan Maynard
Script Editor: Ranald Allan
The feature details the life of Musquito, an Aboriginal warrior who fought against the white colonists during the Black Wars in Van Diemen’s Land.

The World Beneath – feature film ($12,000)

Production Company: Happening Films Pty. Ltd.
Producers: Fiona McConaughy and Jannine Barnes
Writers: Franz Docherty and Belinda Bradley
Script Editor: Ranald Allan
The World Beneath is based on the novel of the same name which tells a story of survival set against the unpredictable landscape of Tasmania.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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