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Watch Western Australian Made

Given the current climate, there has been no better time to catch up on and support Western Australian produced screen projects. Here are just a few that are available on free to air or streaming services right now or coming soon.

 

ITCH

L – R Harrison Popple (Darcy), Henry Mendez (Quinn), Kylah Day (Lucy), Samuel Ireland (Itch), Melanie Wozniak (Jack), Charles Russell (Tim) & Keala Kern (Chloe). The cast of ITCH © Nic Duncan.

DIRECTORS: Renee Webster & Nicholas Verso WRITERS: Heather Wilson, Dan Berlinka, Melanie Halsall, Jessica Brookman, Ron Elliott & Roger Monk PRODUCERS: Amanda Morrison, Melanie Halsall & Tania Chambers ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Lucy Verity

Itchingham Lofte is halfway to his goal of collecting all the elements in the periodic table when he’s given a lump of something radioactive identified as element 126. It could either change the world… or could it destroy it? Based on Simon Mayo’s book of the same name.

Genre: Children’s TV

Where you can find it: Watch ITCH on ABC ME and ABC iview
Production Company: Komixx Entertainment

 

KGB

DIRECTORS: Daniel Riches &  Luke Riches WRITERS: Daniel Riches,  Luke Riches,  Clare Toonen and Joel Gray PRODUCERS: Taryne Laffar EP: Lauren Elliott

Two Indigenous detectives’ race to solve a major case in their sketchy neighbourhood, but find their loyalties compromised when they discover that most of the suspects are family.

Genre: Comedy

Where you can find it: Watch KGB on ABC iview
Production Company: Mad Kids

 

THE HEIGHTS

DIRECTORS: Karl Zwicky with Renee Webster & Tenika Smith PRODUCERS: Peta Astbury-Bulsara & Warren Clarke

A slice of life from Arcadia Heights; the critically acclaimed drama dives deeper into the lives of the families of Arcadia Heights and its surrounds, as they take on what life has to throw at them.

Genre: Drama

Where you can find it:  Watch THE HEIGHTS on ABC TV + ABC iview
Production Company: Matchbox WA / For Pete’s Sake Productions

Bushfire Wars Season 1

Photo by Leighton De Barros
DIRECTORS: Leighton De Barros & Jonathan Rowdon  WRITERS: Leighton De Barros & Jonathan Rowdon PRODUCERS: Leighton De Barros & Jodie De Barros

Bushfire Wars is a fascinating WA production that gives viewers an intimate, and often terrifying, look in to the behind the scenes work of the Parks and Wildlife Service bushfire fighters in Western Australia. The firefighters’ battleground covers millions of square kilometres of forests and bush.  The landmark series has made fantastic use of new camera technology and fire-trained camera crews to capture the action and give viewers real insight into a world rarely seen.

Genre: Factual Series

Where you can find it: Watch Bushfire Wars on 7Two Sunday nights at 8:30pm
Production Company: Sea Dog TV International

 

UPRIGHT

Photo by Matt Nettheim

DIRECTORS: Matthew Saville & Tim Minchin  WRITERS: Chris Taylor, Kate Mulvany,  Leon Ford &  Tim Minchin  PRODUCERS: Jason Stephens, Chris Taylor and Melissa Kelly

A down-and-out musician has to drive a piano from one side of Australia to the other in order to honour his mother’s dying wish. That’s the easy bit. His real problems begin when he’s joined by a fugitive teenage girl who soon proves to be even heavier baggage than the piano. What are the odds they’ll all make it out of the desert intact?

Genre: Drama / Comedy

Where you can find it: Watch UPRIGHT on Foxtel
Production Company: Lingo Pictures

 

EVERY FAMILY HAS A SECRET Season 1

Noni Hazlehurst presenter of EVERY FAMILY HAS A SECRET in Fremantle, Western Australia. Photo by David Dare Parker © Artemis Media

DIRECTOR: Steven Peddie WRITER: Steven Peddie PRODUCER: Claire Forster EP: Celia Tait

Presented by Noni Hazlehurst this masterfully crafted observational documentary series follows everyday Australians on a life changing journey, seeking out the hidden secrets within their families. Revealing dark pasts, lies and buried scandals, Every Family has a Secret tells astonishing stories that will shock, move and captivate.

Genre: Factual series

Where you can find it: Watch EVERY FAMILY HAS A SECRET S1 on SBS on Demand

Production Company: Artemis Media

 

MARNI

Allery Sandy © Tyson Mowarin

DIRECTOR: Tyson Morawin PRODUCER: Robyn Marais

Marni is a mesmerising marathon of colour and dot work is intercut with the majestic landscapes of the Pilbara to a journeying soundtrack. As she paints the audience will experience Allery telling them about herself and her art practice in Yindjibarndi language.

Genre: Slow TV

Where you can find it: Watch MARNI on SBS on Demand

Production Company: Weerianna Street Media

 

SECRETS OF OUR CITIES Seasons 1 & 2

Greig and Komninos Zervos in the York Hotel in Kalgoorlie. Photo
by Mellissa Drummond © Joined Up.

DIRECTORS: Steven Peddie & Darren Hutchinson PRODUCERS: Jacqueline Willinge,  Anthony Willinge & Daniel Brown

In the series Greig Pickhaver (aka HG Nelson) visits cities including Fremantle, Kalgoorlie, Fitzroy and Bondi, to uncover the “hidden history and unsung residents who’ve helped shape these places into the cities they are today.” But does he take a train to get there…..?

Genre: Factual Series

Where you can find it: Watch SECRETS OF OUR CITIES S1 and 2 on SBS on Demand

Production Company: Joined Up

 

FUTURE DREAMING

DIRECTOR: Stuart Campbell WRITER: Stuart Campbell PRODUCERS: Robyn Marais & Alison Lucker EP: Stuart Campbell

In this immersive Virtual Reality Film you will step into a time warping dream bubble as four young Aboriginal Australians guide you through their futures. Their stories evolve from the present day to 20 years into the future where Nelson’s driving space trains, Maverick’s hanging out with robots, Ali’s a world famous performer and Maxie’s the Governor of an off-world colony powered by emus on treadmills. Be ready for an intergalactic adventure. Look out for the space emus!

Genre: Virtual Series

Where you can find it: Watch FUTURE DREAMING on SBS On Demand

Production Company: Sutu Eats Flies

 

AUSSIE GOLD HUNTERS Series (4 Seasons)

The New Dirt Dogs line up for Season 4 of Aussie Gold Hunters, Steve, Jake, Vern, Leigh and Kallan in the Wheatbelt. Photo by Amanda Miller © Electric Pictures Pty Ltd.

SERIES PRODUCER: Robin Shingleton

In Aussie Gold Hunters we join hard-core teams of gold prospectors as they take the gamble of a lifetime and battle to strike it rich, deep in the wild west of outback Australia. Share the soaring highs and crushing lows of the gold season as our teams pursue their all-important targets braving brutal heat, punishing conditions, mechanical breakdowns and constant pressure.

Genre: Factual Series

Where you can find it: Watch AUSSIE GOLD HUNTERS on Discovery Channel (Foxtel)

Production Company: Electric Pictures

 

OUTBACK OPAL HUNTERS (4 Seasons)

Cassidy Ricketts and Adam Pironmanski on location in Laverton, WA © Prospero Productions

SERIES PRODUCERS: Ed Punchard & Julia Redwood

The epic new 4th season of OUTBACK OPAL HUNTERS rides the gamut of human emotion; from unimaginable highs as life-changing discoveries are made, to bust ups, heartbreak and defeat. But these crews know all too well that once opal fever sets in, there’s no escaping it and will push their bodies, bank accounts and willpower to the limit, determined to made a fortune-hunting one of the most valuable gemstones on the planet.

Genre: Factual Series

Where you can find it: Watch OUTBACK OPAL HUNTERS on Discovery Channel (Foxtel)

Production Company: Prospero Productions

 

I AM MOTHER

Luke Hawker as “Mother” feeds Summer Lenton as “Toddler”. Photo by Ian Routledge © Mother Holdings

DIRECTOR: Grant Sputore  WRITER: Michael Lloyd Green PRODUCERS: Kelvin Munro & Timothy White

Following humanity’s mass extinction, a teen raised alone by a maternal droid finds her entire world shaken when she encounters another human.

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Where you can find it: Watch I AM MOTHER on Netflix

Production Company: Southern Light Films Pty Ltd and The Penguin Empire

 

MOLLY AND CARA

DIR: Miley Tunnecliffe  WRITERS: Miley Tunnecliffe, Jub Clerc &  Andrea Fernandez PRODUCER: Emilia Jolakoska

An odd couple comedy series about a bigoted pensioner and an Aboriginal student who are forced to live together after being matched through a government affordable living scheme. With no other options, these two antagonistic housemates desperately need this to work.

Genre: Short series

Where you can find it: Watch MOLLY AND CARA on SBS on Demand

Production Company: Oui Disco Films

 

TRIBUNAL

Photo by Liang Xu

DIRECTOR: Mason Fleming WRITER: AB Morrison  PRODUCER: Hannah Ngo

In the face of an antagonistic tribunal, a harried interpreter must go beyond her boundaries to determine the fate of an asylum seeker. The film was inspired by a series of news stories that follow homosexual asylum seeking refugees that have been deemed “not gay enough” by an Australian Tribunal. In one notorious case, a young man was rejected after he failed questions about Madonna and Greco roman wrestling.

Genre: Short

Where you can find it: Watch TRIBUNAL on SBS on Demand

 

Coming Soon

THALU

Photo by Jalaru

DIRECTORS: Dena Curtis,  Tyson Mowarin,  Amie Batalibasi,  Curtis Taylor & Hunter Page-Lochard WRITERS: Beck Cole,  Samuel Paynter,  David Woodhead,  Tyson Mowarin & Donald Imberlong PRODUCERS: Robyn Marais & Tyson Mowarin EP: Bernadette O’Mahony

Set against the backdrop of the majestic Pilbara, THALU is a kid’s show with all the energy of live-action and all the colour of a cartoon. The series focuses on a group of Aboriginal kids, who undertake a journey to save their Country from the threat of a mysterious dust cloud and its inhabitants, the Takers. Fusing elements of traditional Aboriginal stories and characters with a touch of the hero’s journey and lots of energetic physical and visual comedy, Thalu is funny, exciting, relatable, and offers young viewers an eye-opening glimpse at people and places they could never have imagined.

Genre: Children’s TV

Where you can find it: NITV

Release Date: April 17

Production Company: Weerianna Street Media

 

MYSTERY ROAD Season 2

Aaron Pedersen as Jay Swan in MYSTERY ROAD S2. Photo by David Dare Parker.

DIRECTORS: Wanye Blair & Warwick Thorton  WRITERS: Tim Lee,  Kodie Bedford,  Steven McGregor,  Blake Ayshford & Danielle MacLean PRODUCER: David Jowsey & Greer Simpkin EP: Ivan Sen

A mangrove swamp. An endless sky. A headless body. Detective Jay Swan takes on a grisly case in order to be closer to his family, but has he left it too late? Set in a small coastal community where the desert meets the ocean, secrets past and present run deep and dark.

Genre: Drama

Where you can find it: ABC/ ABC iview

Release Date: April 19
Production Company: Bunya Productions

 

To add your project to the list

We will be adding Western Australian projects to this list every week. They need to be currently available to watch or stream on VOD platforms such as iView, SBS on Demand, Netflix, Stan etc. For inclusion on the list, please send through the following to info@screenwest.com.au:

  • Title
  • Short synopsis
  • Streaming platform
  • Link if possible
  • Air/ stream date if unreleased
  • Production Information (director/ writer/ producer/ production company)

 

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