SCREEN AUSTRALIA – FEATURES IN DEVELOPMENT

Friday 25 March 2011

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Screen Australia today announced investment in the development of five feature films as well as in the production of three short films through the Springboard Program specifically designed to act as calling cards to feature film proposals.

Two thriller genre features, A Murder of Crows and Black Echoes, from Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause, the writing duo of Bait, with producers Michael Robertson and Murray Pope, will also receive development investment.

FEATURES IN DEVELOPMENT

BLACK ECHOES
Producers Michael Robertson, Murray Pope
Writers Shayne Armstrong, Shane Krause
Synopsis A group of international tourists are taken off the beaten path to an isolated village deep in the Vietnamese countryside. They are promised a Viet Cong tunnel crawl experience that makes the famous Cu Chi Tunnels seem like a playground… Tighter, more claustrophobic, scarier – they get their money’s worth and then some.

A MURDER OF CROWS
Producers Murray Pope, Michael Robertson
Writers Shayne Armstrong, Shane Krause
Director Nick Robertson
Synopsis Lost love brought him there, cold-blooded murder kept him there, now dark vengeance takes flight.

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Mulcahy out as Bait shoot finally gets underway

By Patrick Frater

Film Business Asia

Mon, 11 October 2010, 08:15 AM (HKT)


Production News

Kimble Rendall has replaced Russell Mulcahy as director on Bait the long-awaited 3-D sharks in a supermarket film. Production is now underway on the film that is the first official co-production between Australia and Singapore.

Start of production, previously announced for July and again for August, has been repeatedly pushed back. Veteran producer Michael Lake, former executive VP feature production for Village Roadshow, has now been brought on board to join Todd Fellman, Gary Hamilton and Ian Maycock.

Mulcahy, director of Highlander (see poster), had been credited as a scriptwriter on the film, alongside Shane Krause and Shayne Armstrong.

The story of a freak tsunami which traps shoppers and a pack of sharks in a flooded supermarket, the picture will now film in the Warner Roadshow studios in Gold Coast, Queensland.

Production is through Pictures in Paradise, Story Bridge Films and Arclight Films with Singapore’s Blackmagic Design taking an equity position and providing post-production. Singapore’s Widescreen Media is handling 3-D technology.

Finance is by Screen Queensland, Screen Australia and Singapore’s Media Development Authority. The bude was previously reported by Screen Australia at A$30 million.

Arclight is handling international rights sales and has previously reported striking more than 24 pre-sales deals with overseas distributors.

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