By Brendan Swift Inside Film
Screen Australia will invest $13 million across 22 new productions, including its first 3D feature film, Bait. (Screenplay by Armstrong Krause).
The investment in four feature films, four television dramas and 14 documentaries is expected to trigger production valued at over $65 million.
Screen Australia chief executive Ruth Harley said 2009 has been a strong year for the Australian industry.
“A record number of films have achieved theatrical release, the Australian share of the box office looks set to exceed the five-year average, and television drama and documentary continue to draw strong audiences,” she said in a statement.
Total Australian box office revenue currently stands at about $995 million for the year, up 12 per cent on a strong 2008, with demand for 3D films bolstering attendances.
Three of the top seven feature films at the local box office over the year to date were 3D animations: Ice Age 3 ($30 million), UP ($28 million) and Monsters vs. Aliens ($21 million).
Bait 3D received strong support at the recent American Film Market. (Screenplay by Armstrong Krause).
It tells the story of a Gold Coast town hit by a tsunami, trapping dozens of local shoppers and tourists in a flooded underground supermarket and car park, where they are pursued by tiger sharks.
Arclight Films, Pictures in Paradise & Story Bridge Films in association with Black Magic Design Films
Executive Producers Chris Brown, Mike Gabrawy
Producers Todd Fellman, Gary Hamilton and Ian Maycock
Writer/Director Russell Mulcahy
Screenplay Shayne Armstrong & S.P.Krause
Sales and Distribution Paramount, Arclight
Synopsis When a massive tsunami hits the Australian coastline, a pack of tiger sharks threaten survivors trapped inside a flooded supermarket.