21 September 2017
A first-time feature, a futuristic thriller and a cutting-edge game set in the 1970s are among the 18 film, television and games projects to be supported in the latest round of Victorian Government funding.
Delivered through Film Victoria, $2.2 million worth of grants will go to a diverse range of projects which is set to inject more than $24 million into the state economy and create 1,410 employment opportunities for local screen practitioners.
Supported projects include Buoyancy (Causeway Films) a feature film written and directed by VCA graduate Rod Rathjen to be filmed largely in rural Cambodia. The film is Rathjen’s feature debut following a successful short film that screened at Cannes in 2013.
Other Victorians heading up the production include director of photography Michael Latham, editor Graeme Pereira and producer Rita Walsh who last year received the Film Victoria – Natalie Miller Fellowship which aims to boost the careers and leadership skills of women working in the screen industry.
The round will also support the next stage of development for the sci-fi feature film The Wheel from Sunjive Studios. The film, which began shooting at Docklands Studios Melbourne earlier this year, is directed by Melbourne filmmaker Dee McLachlan and stars US actor David Arquette.
The documentary project Some Scenes Objectionable (Wildbear Entertainment), which follows the story of Australia's most daring filmmaker Antony I. Ginnane, has also been supported.
With Victorian investment now confirmed, the remaining film and television projects will be announced in the months ahead.
Nine games received support including Wayward Strand 2017 (Ghost Pattern) – a game set in rural Victoria in 1978 that follows the story of a group of women working in a hospital that happens to be floating in the sky.