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

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NSW-based filmmaker teams have been selected to attend an expert masterclass as part of the Half Hour Drama development partnership between Create NSW and the ABC, which will see character-driven 30-minute drama series’ with ‘heart and humour’ go into development.

Following the international masterclass from key creators and showrunners of successful local and international productions in mid-2018, up to four projects will be selected to share $100,000 in funding from Create NSW and the ABC to further develop their half hour drama projects.

At the same time, Create NSW, ABC TV and production company Jungle Entertainment have also announced eight new screen projects selected for development under the banner of Cli-Fi, the emerging genre that deals with climate change and global warming.

The eight projects span a variety of themes including mysteries, drama, thrillers and comedies, with leading NSW writers finding inventive narratives to tell compelling climate stories.

Grainne Brunsdon, Acting Executive Director of Create NSW said, “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.

“It’s particularly thrilling that the projects announced today encompass both experienced writers, directors and producers as well as new voices in our industry.”

Sally Riley, Head of Scripted (Drama, Comedy and Indigenous) at the ABC said “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 said “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.”

Half Hour Drama Masterclass attendee projects/teams are: 

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: 

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 

Published: 7 May 2018