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Scroz develops very mixed bag

Former NZFC and Curious Film executive Michael Wrenn has received development support as a producer of a pair of chalk and cheese projects from Screen Australia.

The first project is The Wiggles: Pandamonium!, which Ben Elton will write and direct. Producers will be Wrenn, Paul Field and Arclight MD Gary Hamilton. Like Wrenn, Hamilton gets on the score sheet twice, also supported with Stephan Elliott’s comedy Madams.

The second of Wrenn’s projects is Eron Sheean’s horror End of Animal, written by Shane Danielsen. Wrenn will produce with Paul Yi.

In total Screen Australia committed over AU$550,000 in funding for 16 feature film projects, split between 11 new and five continuing projects.

Usual suspects Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King’s Speech, Top of the Lake, Slow West) are among those supported with writer Jan Sardi (Mao’s Last Dancer) for an adaptation of the much-filmed Chinese legend of Mulan.

The full list of projects supported is:
Single Project Development: Feature Development
All I Know Of The Devil
Writer: Shanti Gudgeon
Blinky Bill
Producer: Barbara Stephen
Writer: Fin Edquist
Director: Deane Taylor

Death Is For The Living
Director: Trent O’Donnell
Writers: Kirsty Fisher, Marieke Hardy

Producers: Matthew Dabner, Karen Radzyner, Anna Vincent
Director: Kate Riedl
Writer: Emma Jensen

End Of Animal
Producers: Michael Wrenn, Paul Yi
Director: Eron Sheean
Writer: Shane Danielsen

The Engagement
Producers: Bruno Charlesworth, Jo Dyer
Director: Michael Kantor
Writer: Marion Nelson

Writer/Director: Jennifer Kent

King: A Street Story
Producers: Rob Coe, Jacqueline Mckenzie
Writer/Director: Jacqueline Mckenzie

Producers: Stephan Elliott, Gary Hamilton
Director: Stephan Elliott
Writers: Stephan Elliott, Sheridan Jobbins

Producers: Emile Sherman, Iain Canning
Writer: Jan Sardi

The Phobos Experiment
Producer: Penny Wall
Director: Rowan Woods
Writer: Jacquelin Perske

To The Bitter End
Producer: Carolyn Frichot
Director: Damien Lay
Writer: John Goldsmith

Undertow (AKA Halfway Motel)
Producers: Lyn Norfor, Sylvia Wilczynski
Writer/Director: Miranda Nation

The Wiggles – Pandamonium!
Producers: Paul Field, Michael Wrenn, Gary Hamilton
Writer/Director: Ben Elton

Single Project Development: Feature Matched Funding
Producer: Chris Brown
Writer: Craig Rosenberg
Director: James McTeigue

The Boss
Producer: Antony I. Ginnane
Executive Producer: Anthony J. Lyons
Writers: Kris Wyld, Tim Knapton