Kriv Stenders on a recce for Wake In Fright in Broken Hill.

The NSW Government has invested over $2 million to secure four new feature films, four television drama series and four factual TV series, as well as several one-off documentaries, a web series and a multiplatform project.

The productions are predicted to create 1080 new screen jobs and generate a direct production spend of almost $35 million in NSW.

Included among them is Ten’s recently announced mini-series Wake In Fright, the first local production to be supported under the Screen NSW’s $20 million Made in NSW Fund.

The other 15 productions are being supported through the Film Production Finance Fund. According to Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant the fund can now support many more local film and television productions because funds have been freed-up by the Made in NSW Fund.

The full list of funding recipients:

Project: Ali's Wedding
Production Company: Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd
Producer: Sheila Jayadev, Helen Pankhurst
Writer: Osamah Sami, Andrew Knight
Director: Jeffrey Walker
Location: Sydney (Post Production)
Synopsis: Based on real events, Ali’s Wedding tells the story of Ali, the affable son of a Muslim Cleric who has migrated to Australia from Iran, and Ali’s hilarious attempts to live up to the expectations of his community and his father.

Project: Cargo
Production Company: Causeway Films Hq Pty Ltd
Producer: Kristina Ceyton, Sam Jennings
Writer: Yolanda Ramke
Director: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke
Location: Sydney (Post Production)
Synopsis: Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately seeks a new home for his infant child, and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.

Project: Drop Dead Weird
Production Company: Ambience Entertainment Pty Limited
Producer: Monica O'Brien, Sally Browning, Michael Boughen, Matthew
Street, Paul Cummins, Christine O'Connor, Kylie Mascord, Keaton Stewart
Writer: Stephen Abbott and Warren Coleman
Director: Grant Brown
Location: Sydney. A small amount of production will be in Galway Ireland. Post Production will be in Galway Ireland
Synopsis: For the Champ Clan, life in Tubbershandy can get pretty interesting… and weird… drop dead weird!

Project: Here Come The Habibs
Production Company: Jungle Co Pty Limited
Producer: Ben Davies, Jason Burrows, Chloe Rickard
Location: Darlinghurst, Fox Studios, North Sydney
Synopsis: Lebanese migrant family, 'The Habibs', continue to turn life in Australia's poshest suburb, upside down.

Project: Let's Talk About 2
Production Company: New Town Films Pty Ltd
Producer: Yingna Lu, Bryan Brown
Writer: Matilda Brown
Director: Matilda Brown, Matt Jenkin
Location: Whale Beach, Avalon, Pyrmont
Synopsis: Sometimes in life, we want to crawl under a rock and hide. But there's no hiding for Ben and Claire. We shine a light on their relationship and see into the cracks and crevices.

Project: Life on the Line
Production Company: Screentime Pty Limited
Producer: Jennifer Collins, Rachel Hardie, Mick De Montignie, Niamh Linnie,
Cathy Flannery
Director: Jeff Siberry
Regional Filming Fund
Location: Crows Nest
Synopsis: Life on the Line is a blue chip science documentary series which sees host Todd Sampson risk his own life to test the Laws of Physics.

Project: Literacy for Life
Production Company: Blackfella Films Pty. Limited
Producer: Darren Dale
Writer: Erica Glynn
Director: Erica Glynn
Regional Filming Fund
Location: Production – Brewarrina NSW
Post-production – Chippendale, Moore Park, Paddington NSW
Synopsis: Literacy for Life follows a bunch of Aboriginal adults as they take up a pen for the first time in their lives and learn to read and write.

Project: Nekromancer
Production Company: Guerilla Films Pty Ltd
Producer: Tristan Roache-Turner
Writer: Tristan Roache-Turner, Kiah Roache-Turner
Director: Kiah Roache-Turner
Location: Sydney, Entertainment Quarter
Synopsis: Howard North, electronics genius, is dragged into a conflict between The Tribe – a family of powerful demon hunters, and Asgaroth – an evil demon possessing the world’s internet, assisted by his devil-worshipping corporate acolytes. Molly, a Tribeswoman and warrior, is desperate to destroy the demon and is sure that Howard has the right stuff to become a true hero. They must learn to work together to exorcise the fiend from the web and blow him back to Hell.

Project: Remembering Agatha
Production Company: See Pictures Pty Limited
Producer: Ester Harding, Jamie Hilton
Writer: Emma Magenta
Director: Emma Magenta
Location: Bronte (Pre and Production), Medlow Bath (Pre and Production),
Chippendale (Post-Production)
Synopsis: When Christmas triggers inexplicable sadness for mother-of-two Agatha, she discovers a mysterious portal in the dishwasher, where she finds the solution to her childhood grief and the key to saving her crumbling marriage.

Project: Story of Australian Cinema
Production Company: Stranger Than Fiction Films Pty Ltd
Producer: Jo-anne McGowan
Director: Sally Aitken
Location: Production: Sydney, London, LA, New York, Leura and Moore Park
(post production).
Synopsis: This three-part series will chart the story of Australia’s cinema and its stars from the point of view of its most revered film critic, David Stratton.

Project: Sweet Country
Production Company: Retroflex Lateral Pty Limited
Producer: David Jowsey, Greer Simpkin
Writer: David Tranter, Steven McGregor
Director: Warwick Thornton
Location: Chippendale, Sydney
Synopsis: Sweet Country is a period western set on the Northern Territory frontier where justice itself is put on trial.

Project: Testing Teachers
Production Company: Screentime Pty Limited
Producer: Jennifer Collins, Anita Jorgensen, Niamh Linnie
Director: Naomi Elkin Jones, Brendan Hutchens
Location: Crows Nest
Synopsis: Testing Teachers follows six first-time teachers, over twelve months and across three schools, as they confront Australia’s education gap head on, in what could be the most challenging year of their lives.

Project: The Glass Bedroom
Production Company: Felix Media Pty Ltd
Producer: Bethany Bruce, Bridget Ikin
Director: Kate Blackmore
Location: Moore Park
Synopsis: Online and offline: six Australian artists use Instagram to create art.

Project: The Kingdom of Fungi
Production Company: Smith & Nasht Pty Ltd
Producer: Susan MacKinnon, Simon Nasht, Anne Pick, Bill Spahic
Writer: Annamaria Talas
Director: Annamaria Talas
will be Byron Bay, Cairns QLD, and Tasmania.
Synopsis: How the secret world of fungi is essential to life on Earth and holdsthe key to our future.

Project: Wake in Fright
Production Company: Endemol Shine Australia Pty Ltd
Producer: Jason Stephens, Helen Bowden, Kristian Moliere
Writer: Stephen Irwin
Director: Kriv Stenders
NSW Drama Fund
Location: Broken Hill (Production) & Moore Park (Post Production)
Synopsis: A young schoolteacher finds himself marooned in a small mining town where a dangerous series of events render him a broken and desperate man.

Project: We Don't Need a Map
Production Company: Barefoot Communications Pty Limited
Producer: Brendan Fletcher
Director: Warwick Thornton
Location: St Peters, Cronulla, Chippendale
Synopsis: An in-depth look at the rich and surprising history of one of Australia's most iconic and contentious symbols – The Southern Cross.

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