WA Arts Comes To The Fore

WA Arts Comes To The Fore

Western Australia Minister for Culture and Arts John Day

More WA Stories To Make Mark On Primetime TV

Victor P Taffa

  • ScreenWest and ABC strengthen partnership with ABC Matched Primetime Fund
  • $47 Million worth of production funded since July 2008 launch
  • Previous productions funded include Bran Nue Dae and Surviving Mumbai

ScreenWest and the ABC plan to partner again to bring quality Western Australian stories to primetime television, through the ABC Matched Primetime Television Production Fund.

Culture and Arts Minister John Day today made the announcement about the fund which was first introduced in July 2008 and has brought significant recognition and economic benefits to Western Australia.

“Since 2008, more than $47 Million worth of production has occurred due to the fund, from a State Government investment of $6.5 Million.” Mr. Day said.

“One of the many high profile success stories to come from the ABC Matched Primetime Television Production Fund was the feature film, Bran Nue Dae.”

“As well as this, the fund has resulted in documentaries such as the Emmy Award-nominated, Surviving Mumbai, Leaky Boat, Life Architecturally, Chateau Chunder and the acclaimed series, Who’s Been Sleeping in My House? which will be back again for a second series.”

“2012-13 is shaping up to be an exciting year for WA film and TV with the premiere of highly anticipated ABC drama series and WA co-production, Serangoon Road, as well as of Perth- shot documentary, Yagan and locally made telemovie, An Accidental Soldier, all supported through the ABC Matched Primetime Fund.”

ScreenWest and ABC have each committed $1.25 Million towards the Matched Primetime Production Fund to finance productions for the remainder of the 2012-2013 financial year.

Nine projects previously financed through the fund are scheduled to be broadcast on the ABC in 2013.

Fact File

  •  In 2011-12, Desert War, Serangoon Road, An Accidental Soldier, Boomtown West, Will’s Big Aussie Twitch, Who’s Been Sleeping in My House? Series 2 and Chateau Chunder: A Wine Revolution received funding from ABC Matched Primetime Fund
  • 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