New Matchbox drama among 11 productions set to hit screens with support from Film Victoria

Film Victoria has announced a $2 million investment in eleven film, television and online projects, exploring a diverse range of themes and topics – from refugees to mental health in the Australian entertainment industry.

The funded projects are expected to generate over $22 million spend in the state and create over 1,000 job opportunities, contributing to a consistent production pipeline for the industry and ensuring companies can continue to make high-quality projects that showcase Victorian talent.

Quality television drama continues to reign in the Victorian screen sector, with anticipated new drama from Matchbox Productions, Hungry Ghosts, among the supported projects.

Hungry Ghosts is a four-part series for SBS, which centres on three generations of Vietnamese Australian families touched by the effects of war. When a powerful amulet is broken on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Melbourne, a vengeful spirit is unleashed, bringing the dead with him.

Popular drama Playing For Keeps (Network 10), children’s series Larry the Wonderpup (Seven Network) and comedy Rostered On (Seven Network) are each receiving funding for their second seasons.

Tapping into the growing appetite for online formats, Ruby Entertainment’s webseries Internment will be released on Youtube. The six-part series is about the joys of being young and stuck in a job you are not getting paid for.

Two fiction features are being supported, including Good Thing Productions’ Below, and four feature documentaries have received funding including:

  • Geeta by Some Kind of Squirrel Productions, looking at acid attacks on Indian women through the lens of a mother’s inspiring and transformative love for her daughters and the change that follows
  • SUZI Q by director Liam Firmanger with The Acme Film Company on the  trailer blazing rock star, Suzi Quatro
  • The Show Must Go On is a soul-searching journey from actor and first time filmmaker Ben Steel that, for the first time, looks beyond the bright lights to explore mental health in the Australian entertainment industry.

The next round of Assigned Production Investment – Film and Television funding opens on 25 March. See the Film Victoria website for more information about the program and how to apply.

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