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Screen Australia has a laugh with Screentime

Screentime and Greenstone owner Cordell Jigsaw have both had shows supported in the final round of Australian doco funding for the year. 13 projects will share over $3.8 million, which Screen Australia claims will create production value of more than $13.2 million.

Supported by the National Documentary Programme, Screentime’s Stop Laughing, This Is Serious explores the history of Australian comedy, and is written by Paul Horan and Paul Clarke.

Ex-pat Horan was a founder of the New Zealand Comedy Festival in 1992 and the Classic Comedy Club six years later. He’s written for several TV shows oin both sides of the ditch including Topp Twins. He appeared onscreen in Leanne Pooley’s Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls.

Cordell Jigsaw is supported for a third series of Go Back to Where You Came From under the General Documentary Programme.

The full line-up of documentaries is:

NATIONAL DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM (NDP)
DNA NATION (working title)
3 x 52 mins
Blackfella Films Pty Ltd          
Producers Darren Dale, Jacob Hickey
Writer Jacob Hickey
Synopsis This is an epic story of genetic time travel. A story about who we are, where we came from and how we are all related to one another.

PRISCILLA: MONSTER IN A PARTY FROCK
1 x 57 mins
Jungleboys FTV Pty Ltd 
Producers Jo-anne McGowan, Jason Burrows, Jen Peedom
Director Paul Clarke
Writers Paul Clarke, Alex Barry
Synopsis Monster in a Party Frock is the story of how an unlikely film changed the course of history and brought a celebration of gay culture to the world.

STOP LAUGHING, THIS IS SERIOUS
3 x 57 mins
Screentime Pty Ltd
Producers/Writers Paul Horan, Paul Clarke
Synopsis Stop Laughing:This Is Serious is a documentary series exploring the history of Australian comedy for ABC1.

GENERAL DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM (GDP)
BATTLEFIELDS
6 x 24 mins
For Valour Pty Ltd.
Producers Michael Tear, Harriet Pike
Director Serge Ou
Writer Michael Cove
Broadcaster FOXTEL History Channel
Synopsis How the ANZACs met and defeated the main force of the enemy on the Western Front.

CALL ME DAD
1 x 57 mins
Media Stockade Pty Ltd. 
Producers Madeleine Hetherton, Rebecca Barry, Ester Harding
Director/Writer Sophie Wiesner
Synopsis In the midst of a silent yet devastating epidemic of fatherlessness, this is a film about fathers at risk of or struggling with broken families whose children are vulnerable. Now, through a men’s program, they each have the chance to regain what’s lost, to transform himself and earn another shot at the title, ‘Dad’.

GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM
3 x 52 mins
Cordell Jigsaw Productions Pty Ltd
Producer/Director Rick McPhee
Synopsis With major changes to government policy on boat arrivals, six Australians with strong views on the issue, embark on a life changing journey which will challenge their opinions to the very core. 

THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN FLY
1 x 57 mins
360 Degree Films Pty Ltd
Producer Sally Ingleton
Director Tosca Looby
Writers Tosca Looby, Sally Ingleton
Synopsis How a national nuisance helped shape Australia.

HARRY
1 x 52 mins
Jotz Productions Pty Ltd
Producer Tom Zubrycki
Director/Writer Jeff Daniels
Synopsis The story of an immigrant boy from Brazil who becomes an AFL star. A black man in a white world, Harry searches for his own identity in a country and culture that he feels never really accepts him. From the slums of Rio de Janeiro to the dizzying heights of Australian celebrity this is the story of a boy who becomes a man by forging his own perilous path through other’s expectations.

KIDS UNPLUGGED
1 x 57 mins
360 Degree Films Pty Ltd 
Producers Sally Ingleton, Alex Tarney, Tosca Looby
Directors/Writers Tosca Looby, Alex Tarney
Synopsis ‘Slow coach’ Carl Honore has five weeks to turn three busy families from stressed and hectic, to happy and unhurried – via the power of ‘slow’.

MISSING INGREDIENT 
1 x 57 mins
Licketty Split Pty Ltd
Producer Lisa Horler
Director/Writer Lucy Paplinska
Synopsis Missing Ingredient is an intimate and cautionary tale about secrets surrounding sperm donation … and the donor conceived adults – and donors – who are demanding some answers.

SMGR
1 x 52 mins
Artemis International
Producers Celia Tait, Brian Beaton        
Director/Writer Russel Vines
Synopsis Celebrated comedian and writer journeys to the East to discover the oldest religion in the world to help him better understand his own relationship with God.

STRUGGLE STREET
3 x 52 mins
KEO Films Australia Pty Ltd
Producers Leonie Lowe, David Galloway
Synopsis A three-part observational documentary series that will feature the voices and stories of a cross-section of struggling western Sydney residents and families as they try to get by, despite overwhelming personal and social challenges.

WKCR
1 x 55 mins
Artemis International Pty Ltd
Producers Brian Beaton, Celia Tait
Director Michael Muntz
Writer Michael Muntz, Celia Tait
Synopsis A murder investigation and trial divides a city, and the legal fraternity.

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