A spin-off of 'High Maintenance', starring Yael Stone, and a comedic crime series from Jungle Entertainment are among the 21 projects that will share in more than $600,000 in story development funding from Screen Australia.
Second features from directors Natalie Erika James ('Relic') and Samuel Van Grinsven ('Sequin in a Blue Room') are among the 28 projects to recently share in $1 million worth of development funding from 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').
Natalie Erika James' 'Relic' has continued its reign as the top title in its second weekend in the fractured US theatrical market while Mark Lamprell's Never Too Late launched on a combination of virtual cinemas and hard tops.
A thrilling tale that serves as a deeply felt metaphor for the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease, Relic tells the story of Edna (Robyn Nevin), an elderly and widowed matriarch who goes missing, and her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) who must travel to their remote family home in the Melbourne countryside to find her. Soon after her return, they start to discover a sinister presence haunting the house and taking control of Edna.
Elisabeth Moss is set to re-team with 'The Handmaid’s Tale' director Daina Reid in the supernatural thriller 'Run Rabbit Run'.
Australian directors working on productions in the US get far more time, money and resources than they were accustomed to at home.