Film Australia: new commissioned projects

Film Australia announces six newly commissioned projects, and names three along with series which are about to run on television.
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Film Australia announces six newly commissioned projects, and names three along with series which are about to run on television

Here is the complete list:

Holt (The Prime Minister is Missing)
EP: Anna Grieve
Blackwattle Films
Producer: Peter Butt
Director/Writer: Peter Butt

Menzies
EP: Mark Hamlyn
Producer: John Moore
Director: Steve Jodrell

National Treasures
EP: Penny Robins
Producer: Paul Rudd
Director: Matthew Thomason

Hidden Treasures 2
EP: Anna Grieve
Early Works
Director: John Hughes
Writer: Better Churcher

Rosa’s Journey
EP: Anna Grieve
Abracadabra Films
EP: Luigi Acquisto
Director/Writer: Luigi Aquisto

I’ll Call Australia Home
EP: Anna Grieve
Beckers Entertainment
EP: Mike Bluett
Director: Belinda Mason

And the press release:

Thursday July 19, 2007: Harold Holt’s disappearance, Somalian refugees and East Timor’s newly found independence are just some of the themes in the six new documentaries announced today by Film Australia.

The documentaries are commissioned under the National Interest and Making History strands, with a strong focus on political history, biography and art.

From the director of the acclaimed Who Killed Dr Bogle and Mrs chandler comes a new investigation into one of the nations most mysterious unsolved cases – the disappearance of former Prime Minister Harold Holt which will air on ABCTV.

Premiering on ABC TV this month, The Prime Ministers National Treasures sees political cartoonist Warren Brown take audiences into the hearts and minds of Australia’s Prime Ministers through their most loved possessions.

In association with Old Parliament House, the second series of the micro-docs looks at objects the leaders used in everyday life including Stanley Melbourne Bruce’s gold cigarette tin and Robert Menzie’s wind-up camera.

Another series of micro-docs will return to ABC TV as the second series of Hidden Treasures with Betty Churcher, once again taking viewers inside the National Gallery of Australia to unearth some amazing, rarely seen works.

Rosa’s Journey, a portrait of daily life in East Timor post independence, profiles two remarkable women travelling the rocky road to democracy in the world’s youngest nation will be screened on SBS TV and will be produced in association with Abracadabra Films.

I’ll Call Australia Home focuses on two Somali refugee families, revealing the experiences of some 6,000 refugees who resettle in Australia each year. It will air on SBS TV and is produced in association with Beckers.

“These programs reflect the broad scope of the National Interest Program, providing insight into events that shaped us, as well as gathering a contemporary record for future generations,” said CEO of Film Australia, Daryl Karp.

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