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Continuing its programme of investment in documentaries covering its home territory, Screen Australia has announced support for five commissioned and 13 producer projects.

Rosemarys Way 2Aug2019The slate which concludes the body's 2018/19 financial year funding to the tune of $3.6 million, includes a series from Blackfella Films that explores the topic of addiction, a feature from Kriv Stenders about country music icon Joy McKean, as well as a feature centred on the women who fought for women’s surfing to become an international sport.  

In all, the slate comprises: Rosemary’s Way (working title): A feature documentary about community leader Rosemary Kariuki and her work in drawing migrant women out of their suburban isolation; Slim & I: A feature documentary about Australian country music legend Joy McKean, from writer/director Kriv Stenders; The Kids: A feature documentary about the real-life individuals who inspired Larry Clark’s 1995 cult classic film 25 years on; The Side Show: A feature documentary presenting the untold story of a band of surfer girls who fought to turn women’s surfing into a professional sport in the 1980s; Visible Farmer: A 15-part online series revealing stories of Australia’s female farmers, who often go unrecognised despite the vital roles they play across different types of agriculture.

“We’re delighted to fund a wide range of projects that explore unique aspects of Australian history and put a spotlight on contemporary issues including addiction and migration,” commented Screen Australia’s head of documentary, Bernadine Lim.

“It’s also exciting to support so many projects that celebrate stories of powerful Australian women and recognise their achievements in sport, music, agriculture as well as building communities among new Australians. I’m confident these projects will not only entertain but also spark conversations.”