SYDNEY– Determined to rejuvenate the ailing Oz production industry, the Film Finance Corp. approved investments in two features, three miniseries and three children’s skeins at its Wednesday board meeting.
The funder has agreed to put coin into the pics “The Book of Revelation” and “Jindabyne,” subject to approving their financing plans.
“Jindabyne,” a psychological mystery from “Lantana” helmer Ray Lawrence, is also among the first films to be backed by an alliance between U.S. investment bank Babcock & Brown and Australia’s April Films.
“Revelations” is the saga of three women accused of sexually abusing a man. It will be directed by Ana Kokkinos (“Head On”) and produced by Al Clark. The minis are “Mango River” (working title), about the hunt for the perpetrators of the Bali terrorist bombings in 2002, from producers Kennedy Miller for feevee channel Showtime; “Mary Bryant,” the saga of a femme who escaped from a convict ship in the 1700s that’s a co-production of Oz’s Screentime and the U.K.’s Granada for the Ten network; and “Remote Area Nurse (R.A.N.),” centering on the work of nurses in the Torres Strait Islands, produced by Penny Chapman for multicultural web SBS.
The kidvids are the animated “Faireez” (a co-production with Canada); a second series of producer Jonathan Shiff’s “Wicked Science” for Ten, the Disney Channel and Germany’s ZDF; and Southern Star’s surfing-set “Blue Water High” for pubcaster ABC and Germany’s NDR.
FFC chief exec Brian Rosen said the agency is investing $A18.5 million ($13.5 million) in the TV projects, which is triggering production with total budgets of $44.9 million.