The 14 Australian and six New Zealand projects in thepre-financing market SPAAMart in Queensland next month include second featuresfrom the directors Ana Kokkinos (Head On),Ivan Sen (Beneath Clouds), andChristina Andreef (Soft Fruit).
Producers coming with projects include Jan Chapman (ThePiano, Lantana), Trevor Haysom (InMy Father's Den), Daniel Scharf (RomperStomper), Martin Fabinyi (executiveproducer, Chopper), Robin Scholes(Once Were Warriors) and MelanieCoombs, who produced short film Oscar winner Harvie Krumpet.
Overseas executives in attendance include Fortisimmo'sAshley Luke, Renaissance's Iain Canning and Prescience's PaulBrett, all from the UK, Myriad's Kirk D'Amico, Endgame's MarkHorowitz and Antidote's Mary Jane Skalsi, from the US, as well as IndieCircle/Haut et Court's Chris Mercier and Greenlight Productions'Dominique Green from France.
In the coming-of-age drama from Kokkinos, Talk Shit AndDance Like A Girl, a 15-year-old cool dudeteaches a flamboyant Greek gay boy how to surf. David Hely wrote the script andis producing alongside Louise Smith.
Sen is working with Moulin Rouge producer Martin Brown on Dust, based on Sen's short of the same name and setamong itinerant workers. It opens with a backpacker being found with her throatcut and has thriller elements.
Producer Helen Bowden and writer/director ChristineAndreef's project is an adaptation of novelist Nikki Gemmel'sShiver and emerging from the Mushroom stable is Anthony Hayes' debut TenEmpty. Chapman's film SuburbanMayhem, is written by Leah Churchill-Brownand will hopefully see director Paul Goldman return to the form shown in hisemotional debut feature Australian Rules.
Coombs' film Veris,from writer/director Stella Kinsella, is a low-budget urban tale set in thefuture and is about love, loss and cash-rich time-poor lives.
Those attending will also be able to participate in theannual Screen Producers Conference of Australia, which runs alongside SPAAMartfrom August 8-10.
AUSTRALIAN FEATURE PROJECTS SELECTED:
SHIVER pr. Helen Bowden, wr/dir. Christina Andreef
DUST pr. Martin Brown, wr/dir. Ivan Sen
TALK SHIT AND DANCE LIKE A GIRLpr. Louise Smith & David Hely, dir. Ana Kokkinos, wr. David Hely
SUBURBAN MAYHEM ep. Jan Chapman,pr. Leah Churchill Brown, dir. Paul Goldman, wr.Alice Bell
WEST pr. Anne Robinson & MattReeder, wr/dir. Daniel Krige
THE CATERPILLAR WISH pr. KateWhitbread, wr/dir. Sandra Sciberras
SECONDS OUT pr. Chris Brown &Chris Fitchett, dir. Evan Clarry, wr. Vaughn Guenter
LUCKY MILES ep. Michael Bouchier,pr. Jo Dyer, dir. Michael James Rowland, wr.Michael James Rowland & HelenBarnes
SODS pr. Andrew McPhail, wr/dir.Stephen Davis
BOY WONDER pr. Daniel Scharf& Mark Shirrefs, dir. John Thompson, wr. John Thompson & Mark Shirrefs
VERIS pr. Melanie Coombs, wr/dir.Stella Kinsella
LILLY JOAN AND LEON pr. LucyMaclaren, wr/dir. Wain Fimeri
NOISE pr. Trevor Blainey, wr/dir.Matthew Saville
TEN EMPTY ep. Michael Gudinski,pr. Martin Fabinyi, dir. Anthony Hayes, wr. Brendan Cowell & Anthony Hayes
NEW ZEALAND FEATURE PROJECTS SELECTED:
THE MEAT FACTORY ep. Chris Brown, pr.Vanessa Sheldrick, wr/dir. Jens Hertzum & Guy Scutler
CHOWICK NOIR ep. Julie Christie& Simon Millar, pr. Robin Scholes, wr/dir. Brendan Donovan
THE STRENGTH OF WATER pr. FionaCopland, dir. Armagan Ballantyne, wr. Briar Grace Smith
FIREBIRD pr. Rachel Jean, dir.Christine Parker, wr. Peter Wells
DICK pr. Chloe Smith, dir.Michael Bennett, wr. Michael Bennett & Gavin Strawhan
THE PARRAFIN CHILD pr. TrevorHaysom, wr/dir. Simone Horrocks