Four Indigenous filmmakers will receive $25,000 each to enable them to develop their feature film scripts to the next level on the pathway to production readiness.
These include Metro Screen alumni Adrian Wills and Jon Bell.
The funding is provided through the Screen Australia Indigenous Department’s Long Black Feature program, a strategic initiative aimed at encouraging and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to author and craft outstanding feature stories for the big-screen. Screen Australia’s Head of the Indigenous Department Erica Glynn said, “These four talented filmmakers have submitted exciting and resonant story ideas, offering up unique perspectives on Indigenous life. All of the ideas presented have the potential to get to the big screen and I look forward to seeing the next draft of the scripts.”
The projects receiving funding are:
MIN MIN. Writer Catriona McKenzie. Synopsis: When the Warners travel from the city to the bush for a new life, they find themselves increasingly surrounded by beautiful lights, an amazing natural phenomena… that is trying to kill them. When their youngest daughter disappears into the bush they have to solve the puzzle if they hope to see her again and make it out alive.
JACKIE HENDERSON. Writer Jon Bell. Synopsis: Jackie Henderson just got out of jail. Jon, Rick and Luke owe him money, big money. Together they hatch a plan to rob a bank and pay him back. Can they get it done before Jackie kills them, or will they kill each other first?
EDDIE’S COUNTRY. Writer Adrian Wills. Producer David Jowsey. Synopsis: The remarkable true story of courage, resilience and the epic struggle to wake a country up.
THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF TOPSY BROWN AND OTHER TERRIBLE TALES. Writer Beck Cole. Synopsis: There’s a little bit of Topsy Brown in all of us.
For more information visit: http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2013/mr_131203_longblack.aspx