Film

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Dance Academy

Feature film (90min, Studio Canal and ZDFE Distributors, Produced 2016/17)

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Synopsis

Tara Webster was destined to become one of the top dancers of her generation before a devastating injury crippled her career. In her quest to defy the odds, and make her comeback, Tara will discover what being defined by a dream really means.

Dance Academy will be released Australia wide 6th April 2017. All enquiries can be sent here.

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Television

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Ready For This

Series info (1 x 1hr ep plus 12 x 30min eps, Teen Live Action Drama, ACTF Distributor, Produced 2015)

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Synopsis

Set in inner city Sydney, Ready For This follows five Indigenous teens, all elite within their own field, who have come to the city to explore their dreams. For some it’s the opportunity of a lifetime, for others it’s a last chance. Strangers living a long way from home, the last thing they expect to find is family.

Ready For This recently finished screening on ABC3.

All enquiries can be sent here.

Awards

  • Winner Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children’s Program 2016
  • Winner AACTA Award for Best Children’s Television Series 2015
  • Winner Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Children’s TV Drama 2016 (Episode 4: Daina Reid with Tony Krawitz)
  • Winner Silver World Medal at New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Film Awards 2016
  • Winner Bronze Remi Award for Children’s Audience at the Worldfest Houston International Independent Film Festival 2016
  • Certificate for Creative Excellence, Children’s Category at the US International Film & Video Festival 2016
  • Winner Tweens 9-14 Series at the 5th Annual Cynopsis Kids Imagination Awards 2016
  • Nominated for an International Emmy Award 2016 in the Kids: Series Category
  • Finalist Prix Jeunesse International Festival 2016
  • Nominated for Best Children’s TV Drama at the Australian Directors Guild Awards 2016 (Episode 13: Tony Krawitz)
  • Nominated in the Children’s Television Category at the Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Awards 2016 (Episode 8: Josh Mapelston)
  • Finalist for Best Children’s Series Production of the Year at the Screen Producers Australia Awards 2015
  • Finalist for Best Children’s Television Program at the ATOM Awards 2016

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Dance Academy Series 3

Series info (13 x 30min eps, Teen Live Action Drama, ACTF & ZDFE Distributors, Produced 2012/13)

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Synopsis

Tara and her friends are now seniors at the Academy and no one can forget for a second that the Company is watching. It will be a nail-biting chase to the finish line to see who will be offered a contract and finally achieve what they have been working towards for so long… and who will have to find a new dream. If Second Year broke your heart, this is the year that will lift you up and prove it is in risking everything, failing spectacularly and then starting again, that you will become extraordinary. Tara and her friends began their training as kids with a lot to learn about dancing, life and themselves. This year will prepare them to say goodbye to their school days forever and go out into the world as resilient, courageous dancers and young adults. Who are ready for anything.

All enquiries can be sent here.

Awards

  • Winner Best Non-Animated or Mixed Teen Series at the Kidscreen Awards 2015
  • Winner Best Direction in a Children’s Television Program at the 2014 Australian Directors Guild Awards (Episode 12: Daniel Nettheim)
  • Winner of the Children’s Television Category at the 2013 Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Awards (Episode 12: Samantha Strauss)
  • Winner Best Kid’s Show, TV Tonight Awards 2013
  • Winner of the Silver World Medal in the Children’s/ Youth Program at the 2014 New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards
  • Winner Best Companion Website at the 2014 Kidscreen Awards
  • Winner Best Website at the iKids Awards 2014
  • Winner of the Award of Excellence for Children’s Website at the 2014 Communicator Awards
  • Nominated for an International Emmy Award 2014 in the Kids: Series Category 2014
  • Nominated for Most Outstanding Children’s Program at the Logie Awards 2014
  • Nominated for Best Non-Animated or Mixed Teen Series at the Kidscreen Awards 2014
  • Nominated for a Best Youth Fiction Rockie Award at the 2014 Banff World Media Festival
  • Nominated Best Children’s Television Program and Best Game/ Multimedia Production, ATOM Awards 2013
  • Finalist in the Children’s Television Production category, Screen Producers Australia Awards 2013
  • Nominated in the Children’s Television Category at the 2013 Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Awards (Episode 2: Josh Mapleston, Episode 13: Samantha Strauss)
  • Nominated for Best Children’s Television Series, AACTA Awards 2014
  • Nominated for the Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting in the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards (Episode 13: Samantha Strauss)

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Dance Academy Series 2

Series info (26 x 30min eps, Teen Live Action Drama, ACTF & ZDFE Distributors, Produced 2010/11)

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Synopsis

Tara returns to the National Academy of Dance with the goal of representing Australia in the world’s most prestigious ballet competition. But perhaps she should be more focused on just surviving Second Year where having climbed to the top in her first year at the Academy – in dance, in life, in love – she now has a very long way to fall.

All enquiries can be sent here.

Awards

  • Winner of the 2013 Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Children’s Program
  • Winner of the Children’s Television Producer of the Year (Werner Film Productions) at the SPAA Independent Producer Awards 2012 for Dance Academy Series 2
  • Winner of the 2012 Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Award for Best Children’s Television Screenplay (Episode 25: Samantha Strauss)
  • Winner of the Bronze World Medal in Children’s / Youth Programs at the New York Festival’s 2013 Television & Film Awards
  • Winner of the Best Companion Website in the Tweens / Teens Category at the 2013 Kidscreen Awards, New York
  • Winner of the Gold Plaque for Best Children’s Series at the 2013 Hugo Television Awards, Chicago
  • Winner of the 2013 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in Children’s Television (Episode 25: Daniel Nettheim)
  • Nominated Best Children’s Fiction Television Program, ATOM Awards 2012
  • Nominated in the Children’s Television Category at the 2012 Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Awards (Episode 10: Roger Monk and Samantha Strauss, Episode 24: Liz Doran)
  • Highly Commended for Best Children’s Program at the 2012 Asian Television Awards
  • Nominated Best Television Script, Queensland Literary Awards 2012 (Episode 24: Liz Doran)
  • Nominated Best Children’s Television Series, AACTA Awards 2013
  • Nominated Best TV Series and Best Actress (Xenia Goodwin), International ‘Gold Panda’ Awards for TV Drama at the Sichuan TV Festival 2013
  • Nominated Best Direction in a Children’s TV Program, Australian Directors Guild Awards 2013 (Episode 8: Lynne Maree Danzey)

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Dance Academy Series 1

Series info (26 x 30min eps, Teen Live Action Drama, ACTF & ZDFE Distributors, Produced 2009/10)

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Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Tara Webster has grown up on a farm in country Australia and has dreamt of being a dancer ever since she was a little girl. When she makes it into the National Academy of Dance —
the best school in the country — she is sure her life is about to be spectacular. What Tara doesn’t realise is how far behind she is in her training, and that there’s a whole lot more to surviving the
Academy than just dancing…

All enquiries can be sent here.

Awards

  • Winner of the 2011 Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Children’s Program
  • Winner of the Gold Plaque for Best Children’s Series at the 2011 Hugo Television Awards, Chicago
  • Winner of the 2011 ATOM Award for Best Children’s Fiction Television
  • Winner of the Bronze World Medal in Children’s / Youth Programs at The New York Festival’s 2011 Television & Film Awards
  • Winner of the Best Companion Website in the Tweens / Teens Category at the 2011 Kidscreen Awards, New York
  • Winner of the 2010 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in Children’s Television Program (Episode 3: Jeffery Walker)
  • Nominated for the 2011 International Emmy in the category of Children and Young People
  • Finalist in the 2012 Kidscreen Awards Best Tweens/ Teens Non-Animated or Mixed Series category
  • Nominated for Best Children’s Program at the 2011 Asian Television Awards
  • Nominated for Best Series at the 2011 Seoul International Drama Awards. Xenia Goodwin (TARA) also nominated for Best Actress.
  • Nominated for a Rockie Award in the category of Youth Programs at the 2011 Banff World Media Festival, Canada
  • Nominated for an AFI Award for Best Children’s Television Drama 2010
  • Nominated for an AFI Award for Best Direction in a Television Series 2010 (Episode 2: Jeffrey Walker)
  • Nominated for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Best Screenplay (Episode 13: Samantha Strauss)
  • Nominated in the Children’s Television Category at the 2010 Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Awards (Episode 8: Sarah Lambert and Episode 15: Greg Waters)

 

Features
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Heartbreak Tour

(50 minute feature, live action drama, produced by Joanna Werner and Jason Byrne in 2003, Heart Productions)

Synopsis

A group of friends, on the edge of their thirties, embarks on an unplanned tour of their personal emotional sacred sites. It’s a journey into their collective past but as they visit the venues of their greatest romantic disasters they discover that the past is not as collective as they had imagined.

All enquiries can be sent here.