ScreenWest Investment Brings Boomtown Dividends
ScreenWest’s heavy investment in local screen productions is paying dividends with three Western Australian projects set to air on Sunday prime time slots on the ABC.
Telemovie An Accidental Soldier will screen on 15 September, detective series Serangoon Road on 22 September and documentary series Boomtown on 15 October on primetime on ABC1.
ScreenWest Chief Executive Ian Booth said it was an exciting time for the Western Australian screen industry.
“The three productions which will air over during September-October reflect the healthy state of the local industry and ScreenWest’s commitment to local projects,” he said.
“Over the past year ScreenWest has leveraged nearly $60 million in production for local projects and we are now seeing the results of this on screen.
“We are particularly proud of these productions because they demonstrate not only the quality of Western Australia’s screen industry but also the diversity.”
An Accidental Soldier was filmed entirely in Western Australia and stars Bryan Brown and was produced by Sue Taylor from Taylor Media (The Tree, 3 Acts of Murder) and Goalpost Pictures' Kylie du Fresne (The Sapphires, Lockie Leonard). It was directed by Rachel Ward, (The Straits, Rake, My Place, Beautiful Kate).
Based on the book Silent Parts by John Charalambous, An Accidental Soldier follows the wartime story of a baker in the ANZAC service corps who makes an extraordinary decision and finds an unexpected love.
Serangoon Road, a co-production between Singapore, Western Australian production company, Great Western Entertainment, HBO Asia and ABC TV, is set in Singapore in the 1960s. The 10-part detective series tells the story of a port city at a crossroads of violence, politics and crime.
Boomtown, a six-part documentary series, is an Electric Pictures production and directed by Alison James and Chester Dent, with Roz Silvestrin as Series Producer and Andrew Ogilvie as Executive Producer. It follows seven of Western Australia’s high flyers from different industries.