FFC funds four pix
SYDNEY — Vet thesp Joan Chen (“The Last Emperor,” “Twin Peaks”) will play a Shanghai nightclub singer who struggles to survive in Australia with her two kids in “The Home Song Stories,” a film to be helmed and written by Tony Ayres (“Walking on Water”) based on his childhood.Project, exec produced by Fortissimo Film Sales’ Wouter Barendrecht and Michael J. Werner, secured financing Wednesday from Australia’s Film Finance Corp. Pic will be lensed by cinematographer Christopher Doyle (“Rabbit-Proof Fence,” “Hero”). FFC also greenlit writer-director Jonathan Ogilvie’s “The Tender Hook,” a film noir set in 1920s Sydney, toplining Radha Mitchell, Ray Winstone and Matt Le Nevez. In addition, the FFC approved investment in “To Hell and Bourke,” a road movie featuring two Aborigines, an Italian rock star, a possessed dog, a transvestite and sensitive new-age cops. Richard Frankland penned the script and makes his feature helming debut. FFC also will bankroll “Lucky Miles,” the saga of three mismatched companions stranded in the Oz desert, from writer-director Michael James Rowland.