Screen Australia Announces $ 1.3 Million in Funding for Online Production in Five Projects
Award-winning children’s series First day and Luke Eve’s Canceled are among five projects to share $ 1.3 million in online production funding from Screen Australia.
ABC drama iview about transgender student Hannah Bradford to return for second four-part series, with another Rose d’Or nominee Canceled, which was inspired by Eve’s experience during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Other projects also include Sunset Paradise, a new series from the successful YouTube creators Meta Runner; as well as animated series for children Ginger and the Vegesaurs and comic series the Emu war.
Lee Naimo, Senior Director of Online Investments Screen Australia said the projects showcased engaging storytelling across a mix of genres.
“We are always on the lookout for projects that have solid pathways to audiences and we are very impressed with the range featured in this list, whether through platforms such as ABC iview or targeting large existing fan bases. such as Glitch Productions’ Sunset Paradise on YouTube and Luke Eve Canceled on Facebook, ”he said.
The second iteration of Screen Australia and SBS’s Digital Originals initiative is also underway, with 12 teams selected to participate in the development workshops.
Naimo said there was a diverse range of projects under the program.
“It’s also great to work with the next group of creators of Digital Originals, who took part in workshops last week,” he said.
“The teams spent time developing their projects and heard from workshop guests, including Nisha Ganatra (Late at night), Warwick Thornton (Sweet Country), Ryan O’Connell (Special), Anna Dokoza (Lady Dynamite), Corrie Chen (Back queens), Richie Mehta (Delhi Crime), Vanessa Gazy (Eden) and Ronny Chieng (Ronny Chieng: international student).
“The 12 projects are all so different – from dramas to thrillers, from comedies to horror – this is an incredibly strong group and we look forward to the selected teams taking on the development of their projects for SBS OnDemand.”
Projects receiving online production funding include:
- First day series 2: A second four-part series of the award-winning children’s drama for ABC iview, which centers on transgender student Hannah Bradford (Evie Macdonald). This series follows Hannah in her sophomore year at Hillview High as she sets out to change the school culture and finds that only by working together can meaningful change be achieved. Returning for Series 2, writer / director Julie Kalceff and producers Kirsty Stark and Kate Butler. They are joined by writers Eloise Brook and Martine Delaney (The village). This project is funded with support from the South Australian Film Corporation.
- Ginger and the Vegesaurs: A 20-part animated children’s series for ABC iview and YouTube set in a world dominated by the Vegesaurs, the freshest and most delicious creatures to ever rule the planet. Ginger, a brave young Tricarrotops, and his three little Pea-Rex buddies share adventures in a valley populated by a host of other Vegesaurs – some sympathetic, others not so much. Created by Gary Eck and Nick O’Sullivan whose credits include Happy feet 2, the series has been developed and will be produced by Cheeky Little Media. Eck and Sam Carroll (Grace next to me) will lead the editorial team and the series will be produced by Céline Goetz and executive production by Patrick Egerton and David Webster who have previously collaborated on Kangaroo Beach.
- Canceled: Six-part second series following COVID-inspired drama Canceled, which has so far garnered over 2.5 million views on Facebook. Inspired by real events, the new series follows creators and stars Luke Eve and Maria Albiñana a year after the start of the pandemic as they continue to navigate life in confinement in Spain. Realizing that they still won’t be able to get married, life then throws them another curve and the couple embark on this new challenge together in a life full of restrictions. Canceled is directed by Eve and written and produced by Eve and Albiñana. It is funded with support from Tourism Valencia and the Embassy of Spain in Australia.
- Sunset Paradise: A 10-part animated series for YouTube from Glitch Productions, the team behind the hit series Meta Runner. This comedy-adventure series follows a young woman Meggy, who arrives on a tropical island on vacation only to find a criminal plot threatening the safety of the island. It’s up to Meggy to save the island from danger – and save her vacation plans. The pilot episode launched in March has already garnered over a million views. Sunset Paradise is written by Jasmine Yang and Jasper Marlow, directed by Luke Lerdwichagul and produced by Kevin Lerdwichagul.
- The emu war: A seven part YouTube series inspired by the incredible true story of when Australia declared war on the emu population in 1932. This absurd comedy follows the platoon of soldiers who were sent to kill the emus but who were eventually defeated by the birds. The creative team includes writer, director and producer Lisa Fineberg and writers / directors John Campbell and Jay Morrissey who have previously collaborated on Gocsy’s Classics, as well as writers and comedians Jonathan Schuster (Fancy boy), Dane Simpson and Urvi Majumdar.