Three new local films have received the greenlight from federal fuinding agency Screen Australia.
The first is children's drama Paper Planes from writer-director-producer Robert Connolly (Balibo, Underground: The Julian Assange Story). Written by Steve Worland (Bootmen) and produced by Maggie Miles (Van Diemen's Land) and Liz Kearney (These Final Hours), the story concerns a young boy from a small outback town who dreams of competing in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan. The film will be shot in Perth, with Connolly's Footprint Films handling local distribution and Arclight looking after international sales.
“It's great to support a feature film for child audiences from such an experienced director as Robert Connolly, alongside two exciting new distinctive films from rising Australian talents," said Screen Australia's Chief Executive Ruth Harley.
The other two film projects include low budget Cambodian-set drama Ruin, which is the latest feature from Amiel Courtin-Wilson – the acclaimed writer-director of the 2012 multi award winning drama Hail. Courtin-Wilson is again working with co-producer Michael Cody, and Madman Entertainment will handle the distribution in Australia. The story concerns two young Cambodians whose romance helps them cope with trauma.
Finally Madman will also distribute award winning short filmmaker Ariel Kleiman's feature directorial debut Partisan. This hard hitting arthouse drama, which Kleiman co-wrote with Sarah Cyngler, concerns a vengeful man who raises his children to antagonise the world that wronged him. The film employs Snowtown producers Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw, with Protagonist Pictures as the international sales agent.