NSW screen production boosted by $2.5m investment as Academy Award talent comes to town
NSW screen productions are firmly in the global spotlight this month with Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Academy Award-nominated director Bruce Beresford both in Sydney to film separate projects supported by the NSW Government (Little Monsters and Ladies in Black respectively).
And at a time when NSW screen talent is celebrating international acclaim along with the lion’s share of this year’s AACTA nominations, the NSW Government has announced investment in 16 new film and television productions set to be made across the state, including five features, three factual productions and three dramas.
A new feature from Lion and Top of the Lake producers See Saw Films, Seven’s drama series Australian Gangster led by director Daina Reid (The Wrong Girl, Secret River) and acclaimed producer John Edwards with son Dan Edwards (Romper Stomper) plus Jungle’s ABC Comedy Squinters, starring performer/composer Tim Minchin and Academy Award-nominee Jacki Weaver are among the productions funded through Create NSW’s Production Finance Program, Made in NSW and Regional Filming Fund initiatives.
International features supported by the Made in NSW funding include the upcoming Sony Pictures Animation Peter Rabbit; Playmaker Media’s Chinese miniseries Chosen; Universal/Legendary Pictures’ Pacific Rim: Uprising and post production on Columbia Pictures/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. TV drama recipients include Ten’s Wake In Fright, the ABC’s Mystery Road series, Screentime’s The Secret Daughter, FX Australia’s Mr Inbetween and the latest series of ABC’s Rake and Nine’s Doctor, Doctor.
Image - Bruce Beresford filming Mao's Last Dancer