Three Australian projects have been announced amongst the line up of new films in late development for the No Borders International Co-Production Market at Independent Film Week in New York in September.
For three years, Screen Australia has partnered with IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) in the No Borders program to provide opportunities for Australian feature projects to be presented to the international market.
The local films travelling include Ivan Lendl Never Learnt to Volley, from Snowtown director Justin Kurzel (pictured), who will co-direct the project with brother and scribe Jed Kurzel. Based on a true story, the film concerns the desperate journey of a father and son to keep their dream alive after a fatal accident rocks the Moscow junior tennis circuit. The film is produced by Snowtown producers Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw.
From prolific Aussie television director Peter Andrikidis (Underbelly, Killing Time) comes The Detective, a story about an Australian cop who finds that an Afghani policewoman is his sole ally when he arrives in Afghanistan to investigate the death of a former colleague. The film is produced by Sarah Boote (Good) and Michael Robertson.
Written by Roger Monk (East of Everything), Dance for Me is a co-production between Australia, Germany and South Africa from producers Trish Lake (Show Me the Magic: The Adventures of Don McAlpine) and Dan Lake (The Burning Season). It will be directed by Berlin-based filmmaker Pia Marais, whose film Layla Fourie screened recently at this year's Sydney Film Festival. Dance for Me is set in the Afrikaans society of South Africa, where a woman finds the lines between revenge, justice and love blurred after she entraps her mother's attacker.
“Essentially, it's a story about a revolution with the past and a revolution with the future,” tells producer Trish Lake. “It was based on a documentary and story that did happen but the story we have now is fictitious and a vehicle to explore the new South Africa. It's a very personal story in terms of this young woman coming to terms with her past in South Africa and her relationship with her mother.”
Lake is optimistic about the advantageous level of exposure her project will have at the Independent Film Week “It's a major victory to be selected,” she considers. “We're in the process of refining the screenplay, so No Borders is going to really expose the project to the sort of international sales companies who could be helpful, at this time, to move the project quicker and for other creative collaborations to form which might help break into the world cinema market.”
These three films are among 42 new narrative feature projects in late development that will be presented at No Borders to buyers, sales agents and financiers.
Independent Film Week is part of the multi-strand event Project Forum, which brings the international film and media community to New York City to advance new projects and support the future of storytelling by nurturing the work of both new and established independent artists and filmmakers.
The event takes place between 15–19 September.