GRACE BESIDE ME - coming to NITV and ABC ME in 2018
A rich and humorous coming of age story.
Adapted from the award winning novel by Sue McPherson
Producers – Lois Randall and Dena Curtis
Story Producer - Sam Carroll
Directors - Lynn-Maree Danzey, Nicholas Verso, Beck Cole
Writers – Sue McPherson, Briar Grace Smith, Sam Carroll, Kodie Bedford, Danielle MacLean, Gina Roncoli, Giula Sandler, Tristan Michael Savage, David Hannam.
13 x 30 minute television series for 8 - 12 year old audiences.
Fuzzy Mac’s life is turned upside down on her 13th birthday, when she discovers she can communicate with spirits! It’s hard enough navigating the highs and lows of becoming a teenager while living with your eccentric Nan and Pop. Throw in a host of needy spirits, mischievous totems and spooky ancestors, and you have a recipe for a whole bunch of trouble! Combining whimsy, adventure, comedy and drama, the series takes audiences on an emotional roller coaster ride, following Fuzzy, as she learns to accept her gift and understand the meaning of ‘grace’.
Developed with support from NITV, ABC, ACTF, Screen Australia, Screen Queensland and Screen NSW. Commissioned by NITV and ABC Me with a Disney Channel presale (Australia and NZ), distribution advance from 9Story Media Group (International) and investment from Screen Australia, NITV, ABC, Screen Queensland and Cutting Edge.
A Magpie Pictures Production.
NAN & A WHOLE LOT OF TROUBLE - ABC TV
Nan, of Australian Aboriginal and Irish descent, keeps a photo album of dead family members. Younger sister Min believes this morbid European tradition is culturally inappropriate.
Told with warmth and humour, this short film tackles cultural taboos.
A 12 minute short drama written by Sue McPherson, based on characters from her award winning novel “Grace Beside Me”.
Producer: Lois Randall Director: Dena Curtis
Cast: Nan: Noeleen Shearer; Aunty Min: Pamela Young; Fuzzy: Amba-Rose Atkinson; and Dougal the dog as Trouble.
Commissioned by ABC TV.
Selected for Flickerfest 2016 and toured nationally with Best of Australian Shorts program. International premiere - ImagineNATIVE Toronto 2016, official selection Winda Film Festival Sydney, St Kilda, Noosa and Dungog Film Festivals. Semi Finalist Los Angeles CineFest.
Developed through The Exchange program of Screen Australia’s Indigenous department, completed July 2015.
A Magpie Pictures production.
THE GODS OF WHEAT STREET - Every Cloud Productions, ABC TV
An Every Cloud Production Broadcast ABC TV 1 April – May 2014
Miniseries of the Year, 2014 Screen Producers Australia Awards
Official Selection, Series Mania TV festival, Paris, 2014
Official Selection, and Best Actor nomination for Kelton Pell, International Gold Panda Awards, Sichuan TV Festival China, 2015
“The Gods of Wheat Street” is a 6 x 1 hour television drama series that transports the audience into the world, hearts and humour of the Freeburns, a modern Aboriginal family of local legends. Each episode spans a few hectic days with a touch of magic and enough deadpan humour to help our characters rise above obstacles that would bring mere mortals to their knees - and get on with the important matters of love, family and football.
Creator/Writer/Co-producer: Jon Bell Producer: Lois Randall Directors: Catriona McKenzie, Adrian Russell Wills, Wayne Blair Executive Producers: Fiona Eagger, Deb Cox, Sally Riley and Erica Glynn.