Film Vic injects $0.5m into three new projects

Film Victoria has given a $495,000 injection to three new projects.

A new children’s TV series, a John Safran religious program and a documentary about an Aussie rock legend are the latest winners in the organisation’s October round of their Production Investment initiative.

CEO Sandra Sdraulig said the TV sector in Victoria was thriving.

“In 2009/10 it was the largest contributor to Victorian production activity, with expenditure of $130 million,” Sdraulig said in a statement.

“Film Victoria recognises the importance of TV funding, which provides consistent income, expenditure and employment opportunities.

"This is why last year we supported 37 television productions through production investment, script development and slate funding programs.”

The successful programs were:

Moody Street Kids Pty Ltd: Gillian Carr, Producer; Ray Boseley, Brendan Luno, Writers.
A children’s TV series about a 12-year-old boy who thinks he’s all that, until he finds a power ring that will transform him into a mighty superhero. The problem? The ring was meant to be worn by a girl.

Ghost Pictures: Richard Lowenstein, Andrew De Groot, Lynn-Maree Milburn, Producers; Lynn-Maree Milburn, Writer; Richard Lowenstein, Lynn-Maree Milburn Directors.
A documentary about the turbulent life of one of the most influential and multi-faceted Australian rock-guitarists and songwriters of all time, Rowland S. Howard. Using a combination of contemporary and archival footage, the film weaves a portrait of a unique man via revealing interviews, performance footage, photographs and music.

Your Ex-Boyfriend Pty Ltd: John Safran, Producer; John Safran, Sofija Stefanovic, Writers; Germain McMicking Director.
Inspired by the tens of thousands of Australians who wrote ‘Jedi’ as their religion in the 2006 Australian census, in this ABC TV documentary John Safran asks which other fictitious religions have taken on a life of their own, and if Australian society would fall apart without the ‘big’ religions.