Create NSW and ABC announce Half Hour Drama masterclass attendees Cli-Fi projects for development

Ten NSW-based filmmaker teams have been selected to attend an expert masterclass in conjunction with the Half Hour Drama development partnership between Create NSW and ABC. This partnership will see the launch on the development 30-minute drama series ‘Heart and Humour‘.

The masterclass will be headed by key creators and show-runners of both local and international productions, taking place in mid-2018. Up to four projects will then be selected to share $100,000 in funding from both Create NSW and ABC to aid the development of the selected half hour drama projects.

During this time, Create NSW, ABC TV and production company Jungle Entertainment have announced eight new projects chosen for development under the banner of Cli-Fi, a new genre focused on dealing with issues associated with both climate change and global warming.

The eight projects will cover a variety of themes including mysteries, dramas, thrillers and comedies, with leading NSW writers discovering new and inventive narratives in order to tell engaging climate based stories.

Acting Executive Director of Create NSW Grainne Brunsdon commented on the news, stating “The call for Half Hour Drama pitches received a phenomenal level of interest and it was extremely difficult in selecting our masterclass teams. However, combined with our strong and creative final Cli-Fi projects, we are very excited about the fantastic mix of diverse stories we are taking forward for further development.

Sally Riley, Head of Scripted (Drama, Comedy and Indigenous) at the ABC also commented “Distinctive Australian stories are core business for the ABC and these two partnerships with Create NSW present an exciting opportunity to unearth new talent and authentic voices. We are looking forward to working with the selected creators.”

Chloe Rickard, Jungle COO added “Investigating the topic of climate science from a position of fictional drama has been an extremely revealing way to get people thinking laterally about such a critical issue. Jungle Entertainment are extremely excited by the breadth of talented writers and range or genres we’ve been able to unite under our Cli-Fi theme.”

The list of Half Hour Drama Masterclass attendee projects/teams are as follows:

Amy is a liar
Writer: Monica Zanetti
Producer: Nicole Coventry
Director: Natalie van den Dungen

Writer/Director: Brooke Nora Goldfinch
Writer/Director: Corrie Chen

The Disappearance
Writer: Paula Abood
Writer: Randa Abdel-Fattah
Producer: Alissar Gazal

Double Identity
Writer: Charlotte McConaghy
Writer: Cyrus Bezyan
Producer: Kris Wyld
Producer: Antony Ginnane



Producer: Lucy Rennick

Producer: Joel Hagen

Director/Writer: David Burrowes



Writer: Stuart Page

Writer/Producer: Jane Allen

Director: Catriona McKenzie



Co-Creator/Co-Producer/Writer: Alice Bell

Co-Creator/Co-Producer: Imogen Banks



Writer: Romina Accurso


The S-word

Writer: Brooke Wilson

Writer: Hamilton Budd


You Fucking People

Writer: Rebekah Holt

Producer: Linda Micsko

Director: Jonathan Brough


 The Cli-Fi projects are as follows:

Captain Barry – Space Explorer

Writers: Bjorn Stewart and Kodie Bedford


Anthology series (seven projects):

  • Equilibrium

Writer: Matthew Dabner

  • Exit the Dragon

Writer: Damien Power

  • Lepers

Writer: Dr Anita Campbell

  • Look for the Helpers

Writers: Anya Beyersdorf and Natasha Pincus

  • Offset

Writer: Alana Valentine

  • The Doomsday Machine or Haley’s Choice

Writers: Bryan Cockerill and Robert Adams

  • The World Without Us

Writers: Blake Ayshford and Mireille Juchau

For more information on the Half Hour development initiative, click here.


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