SBS has selected four productions to receive development funding, and is also exploring commissioning of a fifth program, as part of its Australia Uncovered single documentary strand, exploring diversity and equality in contemporary Australia.
Five projects were shortlisted from a high number of submissions received, with production teams participating in a live pitching session at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) 2021 on Wednesday, March 3 for a chance to share in development funds for documentaries, to be broadcast on SBS in 2022.
Australia Uncovered documentaries can range from one-hour to feature length, must have something compelling to say about Australia, and align with the SBS Charter. Filmmakers are encouraged to be creative in their approach to style, form, and construct. Australia Uncovered launched with an inaugural call out for projects in 2020, and the first season of the strand will broadcast on SBS this year.
Joseph Maxwell, head of documentaries, SBS, said: “We’re thrilled to be investing in the development of this exciting and compelling mix of documentaries through Australia Uncovered, showcasing diversity and tackling issues in ways that connect so beautifully to our unique purpose at SBS.
“The calibre of the projects shortlisted this year was incredibly impressive, and the projects were brought to life through another successful live pitching session at AIDC 2021. We’d like to thank all of those who made submissions this year, and we look forward to seeing what untold stories we uncover through the Australia Uncovered strand in the future .”
Development funding has been awarded to the following projects:
The Carnival takes us into a parallel world from another time as four generations of Bell’s family carnival take their show on the road.
Production company: Pony Films.
Key creatives: Isabel Darling (Director) and Dylan Blowen (Producer).
This is the story of Australian multiculturalism and racism, with Sri Lankan, Korean and Croatian kids from Punchbowl in the 1980s. It’s very much a positive story about the changing face of Australia. In short, the Hard-Ons are not just a band, they are Australian multicultural icons.
Production company: Living Eyes Pty Ltd.
Key creatives: Jonathan Sequeira (Producer/Director) and Wade Jackson (Producer).
Over a casual dinner, investigative journalist Sarah Dingle learns that the much-loved man who raised her, and died when she was just 15, was not her biological father. Not only does she realise she’s a product of donor conception – she finds that the records of her conception have been deliberately destroyed – her biological father’s donor code has literally been cut out of medical paperwork.
Production company: SAM Content Pty Ltd.
Key creatives: Sally Aitken (Director) with Aline Jacques and Marianne Leitch (Producers).
Kids Raising Kids
Exclusive access inside a one-of-a-kind high school for teen parents.
Production company: Only Human.
Key creatives: Patrick Abboud (Director) and Marcus Costello (Associate Producer).
In addition to the selected projects receiving development funding, SBS would like to offer a commission to After Trauma, from Walking Fish and Good Thing Productions (with Lachlan Mcleod, Director, and David Elliot-Jones and Charlotte Wheaton, Producers), pending financing and release strategy details. After Trauma is a fly-on-the-wall insight into the world of trauma cleaning through the journey of charming transgendered business owner, Sandra Pankhurst, and the lives of a motley crew of workers at Frankston’s Specialised Trauma Cleaning Services (STC).