3 December 2015
Season six of hit television show Offspring, a quirky web series about online dating and a documentary feature about renowned Indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu are among the projects set to hit our screens with Victorian government investment.
Fifteen projects spanning television, film and online have been announced as the latest recipients of production investment funding through Film Victoria.
The projects, which share in $2.43 million funding, are expected to generate over 2,740 employment opportunities for the local screen sector and inject more than $43 million into the Victorian economy.
Alongside Offspring, award-winning series Nowhere Boys, children's sketch comedy You're Skitting Me, and House Husbands will return to our screens in 2016. Also supported is The Wrong Girl, a new drama series from House Husbands' producers, Playmaker Media. Based on the best-selling book by Zoe Foster Blake, it tells the tale of a modern woman caught between a guy too good to be true and a guy so wrong he might be Mr Right.
Two new online productions include Dating Tales, a documentary series featuring a cast of flamboyant puppets that re-enact true online dating stories from around Australia, and Trip for Biscuits, a children's comedy.
Emo (The Musical) makes its transition from an acclaimed short film to a feature. The film follows a satirical high school musical story of teenage angst, love and turf war. Dance Academy The Comeback is a feature length film based on the award winning series which follows Tara Webster's comeback journey to ballet following a crippling injury.
Also supported are The Year 12 Diaries, which gives cameras to a diverse range of year 12 students as they document the final year of their school life over 26 weeks; and Gurrumul Elcho Dreaming, a documentary feature about renowned Indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
Other documentaries include Digilante - a confrontational look at the real-world damage caused by social media shaming; Date My Race which explores the role race plays in the world of dating; Motorkite Dreaming which follows young Aussie adventurers and their mission to fly microlight aircrafts across Australia, and Seidler – Brutal or Beautiful? – the story of internationally acclaimed Australian architect Harry Seidler.