Screen Australia supports new doc coprods between Australia and Europe

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Screen Australia has approved funding for a number of documentaries. There are several docs for ABC and Channel Seven including 4 coprods with European companies.

Chief Executive Ruth Harley said, “The latest funding round will produce a substantial slate of culturally significant and original documentaries for Australian and international audiences.”

NATIONAL DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

FIRST FOOTPRINTS
First Footprints Pty Ltd
Directors/Producers Martin Butler, Bentley Dean
Writers Martin Butler, Bentley Dean, Steve Kinnane
Broadcaster ABC TV, Arte France
Sales Naked Flame
Synopsis : First Footprints is a landmark three-part documentary series about the peopling of the Australian continent.

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

THE AUSTRALIAN WINE REVOLUTION
Electric Pictures
Producer Andrew Ogilvie
Executive Producers Andrew Ogilvie, Phil Craig
Writer/Director Stephen Oliver
Broadcasters ABCTV, BBC
Sales Parthenon Entertainment
Synopsis: The Australian Wine Revolution tells the recent history of the Australian wine industry and reveals how a small group of enterprising Australian wine makers took on the world… and won – changing the way that wine is made and marketed. Full of amusing anecdotes, the documentary features winemakers, marketers, buyers, critics and drinkers to discover how Aussie wine was transformed from ridicule into an international success story.

DINGO – WILD DOGS AT WAR
Essential Media & Entertainment
Producer Michael O’Neill
Executive Producer Chris Hilton
Associate Producer Jay Court
Director/Camera Adam Geiger
Broadcasters ABC TV, UKTV
Sales ABC Commercial, ZDF
Synopsis: Dingo follows charismatic farmer and canine advocate David Graham as he hunts for solutions to the dilemma surrounding Australia’s native dog, the dingo. The Australian bush is at war… Can one man find the way to peace?

MUTHA TRUCKERS
Prospero Productions
Executive Producers Ed Punchard, Julia Redwood
Writer/Director Russell Vines
Broadcasters Channel Seven, UKTV
Sales Oberon, NGTI
Synopsis: Mutha Truckers is a one-hour documentary that follows road train trucks and their drivers on their long, demanding and often incredibly dangerous journeys across the toughest terrain of Australia.

SOURCES: Screen Australia, tvtonight (August 2011)

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