Cate Blanchett’s Stateless is one of 23 film and TV projects that Screen Australia has today announced will receive development funding to the total of $640,000. A diverse range of projects and talent are being supported, including works from Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward, Richard Roxburgh, Marieke Hardy, Jan Chapman, Stephan Elliott and Bondi Hipsters’ Nicholas Boshier.
Cate Blanchett’s TV project Stateless centres on the tragic and true story of Cornelia Rau which made headlines in 2004. The young German/Australian woman escaped a frightening cult only to be trapped in a bizarre labyrinth of psychiatric and legal systems, landing her in the notorious Baxter Immigration Detention Centre. Stateless will be Cate Blanchett’s first venture into high-end TV. (more…)
Screen Australia will be $38 million worse off over the next four years due to the federal Budget cuts.
The agency is losing $25 million in government funding in that period while the termination of the Australian Interactive Games Fund which it administered means a reduction of $10 million in 2014-2015. The fund had been due to run for another year. (more…)
The ABC has commissioned a second series of its ground-breaking indigenous drama Redfern Now, with legendary English television writer Jimmy McGovern once again on board as story producer.
The broadcaster has not publicly confirmed the commission yet, but federal funding body Screen Australia announced on Monday that Redfern Now season two was among three projects in which it was investing $5.5 million. The other two are the feature films My Mistress and Son of a Gun. (more…)