Larissa Behrendt's documentary 'Araatika: Rise Up!', to make its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival, explores how a group of NRL greats came together to invent a new pre-game ceremony in response to the Maori Haka – one that could celebrate First Nation cultures.
Alex West has been chosen as Screen Australia's head of documentary following the departure of Bernadine Lim earlier this year.
With support from Screen Australia, NITV has commissioned NRL feature documentary 'The Fight Together', directed by Larissa Behrendt and produced by Sam Griffin for Essential Media.
Australia's largest production houses and a number of independent producers have asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison for urgent funding to help the industry get back on its feet.
When Essential Media's Brendan Dahill heard British chef Calem O'Grady and his partner, Australian stunt woman and survival expert Ky Furneaux, were planning to self-isolate in the Outback, all three seized on the idea of an observational documentary.
The suspension and postponement of numerous screen productions has disrupted directors as much as any industry cohort - but many continue to develop film and TV projects.
Essential Media Group (EMG) CEO Greg Quail and North American president Jesse Fawcett have purchased the Essential companies from the collapsed Kew Media Group.