A documentary exploring the life of artist Michael Leunig and a big screen 3D journey to the Great Barrier Reef are among 16 local film and television projects heading to the screen thanks to more than $3.2 million from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley announced the funding boost today, which will inject more than $44 million into the Victorian economy and generate more than 1,800 jobs for local screen practitioners.
The latest round of Film Victoria funding includes five feature films, 10 television projects and one Video on Demand project.
It includes support for the latest instalments of the locally-made hit programs Offspringand The Wrong Girl, as well as funding for series two of the popular kids program Jar Dwellers SOS by local animators Viskatoons, which has also received support for five trainees to build their skills using the latest in animation software.
Biographies feature strongly in the latest round, with Leunig: A Tale in 16 Parts delving into the life and work of Victorian cartoonist Michael Leunig, Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisibleproviding a captivating insight into the acclaimed film editor and Paper Trails exploring the life of writer, broadcaster and filmmaker Anne Deveson.
Chocolate Liberation Front, the Victorian animation team behind the children’s series The Adventures of Figaro Pho, will bring a new series to the screen in Larry the Wonderpug, and WTFN’s new project for the ABC Ask the Doctor will investigate the health of our nation, the latest in medical treatments and the future of healthcare.
December Media will bring the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef to the big screen in 3D and Madman has received support for a future-focused documentary 2040, the latest project by the team behind the wildly popular 2014 documentary That Sugar Film.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“Victoria is the creative state and our film and television sector not only works to bring to life the stories of our state, it provides thousands of jobs for our talented local screen practitioners.”
“This round will provide support for our diverse slate of projects that will go on to reach audiences of all ages – and from all corners of the globe.”
“We are experiencing a boom in production and these latest projects will ensure that there is plenty more in the pipeline up ahead.”