Press release from Screen Australia
Screen Australia has announced support for five feature films generating $38.9 million worth of production.
Projects receiving production investment include Stuart Beattie’s directorial debut Tomorrow When the War Began and Nick Giannopoulos’ return to the screen in Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos. Writer/director Bill Bennett has also been supported for Uninhabited.
Tomorrow When the War Began is based on the best-selling book by author John Marsden and follows the journey of Ellie and her friends who band together when their country is invaded and their families are taken. Renowned screenwriter Stuart Beattie, whose credits include Australia and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, will write and direct. The film will be produced by Andrew Mason for Ambience Entertainment.
Director Peter Andrikidis has teamed up with writer Chris Anastassiades, writer/producer Nick Giannopoulos and producer Emile Sherman to make Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos. Nick Giannopoulos will again play Steve ‘The Wog Boy’ Karamitsis. The film follows Steve’s adventures when he inherits a beach on the resort island of Mykonos from an uncle he’s never met.
Writer/director Bill Bennett will tell the story of a young couple whose
island paradise becomes a nightmare in Uninhabited, starring Geraldine Hakewill and Henry James. Bennett shares the producing credit with Silvana Milat and Paul Quin.
Completion loans were also recently approved for two new Australian films, Khoa Do’s Missing Water and Jonathan auf der Heide’s Van Diemen’s Land. Both films had their premieres at the Sydney Film Festival earlier this month.