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Western Australia Minister for Culture and the Arts John Day

Filmmakers Join Up With ABC And ScreenWest

Victor P Taffa

  • Joined Up Films to produce new indigenous mini-documentary series Seasons
  • State Govt has invested $250,000 in indigenous documentary initiatives
  • Five short documentaries to be broadcast on ABC1

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day have announced Joined Up Films had been selected to series produce the new ABC and ScreenWest indigenous mini-documentary, Seasons.

“Experienced producers Jacqueline Willinge, Anthony Willinge and Daniel Brown from Joined Up Films will work closely with ScreenWest, the ABC and the indigenous filmmakers to manage the production of the documentary series in the first half of the year.” Mr. Day said.

Through this initiative, up to five, five to eight minute indigenous contemporary documentaries will be developed and produced for broadcast on ABC1.

The Minister said the State Government, through ScreenWest, had invested $250,000 into the Indigenous Short Documentary Development and Production Initiative to provide ongoing opportunities for Western Australian indigenous filmmakers.

“The WA indigenous film sector has grown considerably in recent years with projects including Bran Nue Dae, Jandamarra’s War, Yagan and Satellite Boy and this is a great opportunity to develop the skills of the State’s new and emerging indigenous writers and directors.” Mr. Day said.

Joined Up Films specialises in documentary and factual television formats and series. The group has previously received Screen Australia 2012 Enterprise Program support.

Before establishing Joined Up with Jacqueline Willinge and Anthony Willinge, Daniel Brown was the executive producer, factual with the ABC in Perth. Joined Up credits include two quirky one-hour documentaries for SBS My Mum Talks To Aliens and Extreme Cleaners; a half-hour documentary for ABC entitled Homeward Bound; and two eight-part series of the factual program Who’s Been Sleeping in My House? for ABC1.

All documentaries will be developed and produced in WA. Completion is expected at the end of June this year.

Fact File

  • Commissioned for ABC, five 5-8 minute short documentaries to be produced
  • Liberal-National Govt is strong supporter of WA film industry providing funding for projects, including Bran Nue Dae, Red Dog, Wasted on the Young, The Great Mint Swindle and An Accidental Soldier
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