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Screen Australia has announced AUD7.5 million in production funding for a raft of projects including four television series and a web series.

Aunty Donna Screen Australia 14 Jan 19The slate includes a crime drama series for free-to-air broadcaster Network 10 adapted from Michael Robotham’s novel The Secrets She Keeps. The six part noir series by Lingo Pictures is written by Sarah Walker (All Saints, Bad Mothers, The Wrong Girl) and Jonathan Gavin (Offspring, Puberty Blues, Rush). It follows two women from vastly different walks of life with one thing in common – explosive secrets that could destroy everything they hold dear.

Also set for funding is Itch, a 10 part children’s live action adventure series from Komixx; and four part drama Hungry Ghosts from Matchbox Pictures for SBS. The latter explores the lives of three generations of Vietnamese Australian families dealing with the aftermath of war.

Meanwile, Halifax Retribution sees Rebecca Gibney return as the forensic psychiatrist Jane Halifax. Made by Beyond Lonehand for the Nine Network, the eight part series is once again written by Roger Simpson (Brothers in Arms), Jan Sardi (Shine) and Mac Gudgeon (The Secret River).

“2018 was a remarkable year for Australian television with series including Mystery Road and Mr Inbetween providing popular with audiences here and overseas,” said Sally Caplan, head of content, Screen Australia.

“In an increasingly busy marketplace it’s great to see that three of the four funded television projects area new concepts, and the majority of them have female central characters.”

An online series from comedy group Aunty Donna (pictured) based on their award-winning live show Glennridge Secondary College also joins the new content slate.

“We’re delighted to be supporting a new web series from comedy group Aunty Donna whose absurdist sketch videos first captured our attention through the ABC Fresh Blood and Google Skip Ahead initiatives. Aunty Donna’s commitment to developing their own audience and making their own success is impressive and I look forward to seeing this team take their unique brand of comedy to new heights,” added Caplan.

Two feature films have also been awarded funding – a comedy starring Jacki Weaver and Jack Thompson called The Chain Breakers and The Lone Wolf, a contemporary political thriller based on Joseph Conrad’s novel The Secret Agent.