A trio of music icons and a legendary racehorse are among the subjects of eight projects to receive $2.3 million in documentary production funding from Screen Australia.
Eight established and emerging filmmakers will each create a three to five minute documentary with a focus on the performing arts during the challenging time of COVID-19.
A second season of Northern Pictures/ABC's 'Love on the Spectrum' and a feature documentary for SBS that goes behind the frontlines of NSW's child protection system are among the 12 doc projects to recently share in $1.3 million of production funding via Screen Australia.
First-time feature directors Thomas Wright ('Acute Misfortune'), John Sheedy ('H is for Happiness'), Ben Lawrence ('Hearts and Bones') and Natalie Erika James ('Relic') will vie for the Australian Directors' Guild Award for Best Direction in a Feature Film ($1 million or over) against Sophie Hyde ('Animals') and Wayne Blair ('Top End Wedding').
The Shark Island Institute has selected six social impact feature docos to participate in its new development initiative, with each to receive up to $25,000 in development funding in addition to international and local mentorship.