Catch up on and support Western Australian produced screen projects. Here are just a few that are available to watch right now or coming soon!
Dirt Music – in cinemas now!
Director: Gregor Jordan. Producers: Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford. Screenplay: Jack Thorne.
Based on the novel by Tim Winton, Dirt Music is a gripping, sexy drama with a haunting love story at its heart set against the powerful backdrop of Western Australia’s evocative landscape.
- Genre: Drama
- Where to watch: now showing in Australian cinemas
- Production Companies: Wildgaze Films and Aquarius Films
Outback Opal Hunters Season 5
Series Producers: Ed Punchard & Julia Redwood
From the extreme to the extraordinary, Australia’s harsh and remote outback is a brutal and ever-changing beast, particularly in the battle for its most precious gemstone – opal.
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: Thursdays at 7:30pm on Discovery Channel (Foxtel)
Production Company: Prospero Productions
Rams – in cinemas 29 October
Director: Jeremy Sims. Producers: Janelle Landers, Aidan O’Bryan. Writer: Jules Duncan.
In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton), are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two men work side by side yet are worlds apart. When Les’s prize ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal illness, authorities order a purge of every sheep in the valley. While Colin attempts to stealthily outwit the powers that be, Les opts for angry defiance. But can the warring brothers set aside their differences and have a chance to reunite their family, save their herd, and bring their community back together?
- Genre: Comedy, Drama
- Where to watch: in Australian cinemas Thursday, 29 October 2020
- Production Company: WBMC
Every Family Has a Secret Season 2
Writer / Directors: Steve Peddie and Russel Vines. Series Producer: Claire Forster. EP: Celia Tait.
Presented by the much loved and celebrated actor Noni Hazlehurst, the second season of the impeccably researched documentary series follows a diverse group of Australians on a life-changing journey, seeking out the extraordinary secrets within their families.
Genre: Factual series
Where you can find it: Watch EVERY FAMILY HAS A SECRET S2 on SBS on Demand
Production Company: Artemis Media
Writer & Director: Cornel Ozies. Producers: Sam Bodhi Field and Taryne Laffar.
At Western Australia’s first Indigenous-run Police Station, two Noongar officers must learn Yarnangu Lore and culture and master the local Ngaanyatjarra language, if they are to effectively police one of the most remote beats in the world.
- Genre: Documentary
- Where to watch: Watch Our Law on SBS on Demand
- Production Companies: Periscope Pictures and Pink Pepper
Itch Season 1
Directors: Renee Webster, Nicholas Verso. Producers: Amanda Morrison, Melanie Halsall & Tania Chambers. Writers: Dan Berlinka, Ron Elliott, Heather Wilson, Jessica Brookman,
Roger Monk & Melanie Halsall.
When science obsessed Itch discovers a powerful new radioactive element, he’s forced to go on the run to protect it from a sinister organisation seeking to weaponise it.
- Genre: Children’s TV
- Where to watch: Watch Itch Season 1 on ABC iview
- Production Company: Komixx Entertainment
Family Rules (Seasons 1 – 3)
Executive Producers: Renee Kennedy and Karla Hart.
An exclusive insight into modern Indigenous family life in this reality series, that follows the chaotic and hilarious lives of nine sisters and their super-mum Daniella. The Rule women face triumphs and challenges as they navigate adolescence, young adult life and parenthood.
- Genre: Documentary series
- Where to watch: Watch Family Rules Season 1 – 3 on SBS on Demand
- Production Companies: Metamorflix and Karla Hart Enterprises
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: Watch THALU on SBS on Demand
- Production Company: Weerianna Street Media
Mystery Road Season 2
Directors: Wanye Blair & Warwick Thorton. Writers: Tim Lee, Kodie Bedford, Steven McGregor, Blake Ayshford & Danielle MacLean. Producers: 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: Season 1 – Stan. Season 2 – Premium Video on Demand at Bigpond Movies and iTunes
- Production Company: Bunya Productions
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
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 Season 1 and 2 on ABC TV + ABC iview
- Production Company: Matchbox WA / For Pete’s Sake Productions
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
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 2
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 Season 2 on SBS on Demand
- Production Company: Joined Up
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 (5 Seasons)
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
I Am Mother
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
Director: 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
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
Outback Truckers Season 8
SERIES PRODUCERS: Ed Punchard & Julia Redwood
OUTBACK TRUCKERS follows road train trucks and their drivers on their long, demanding and often incredibly dangerous journeys across the toughest terrain of Australia.
- Genre: Factual Series
- Where you can find it: Watch Outback Truckers Season 8 on 7Plus
- Production Company: Prospero Productions
Desert Collectors Season 2
SERIES PRODUCER: Nigel Quick
Join The Desert Collectors as they travel the spectacular outback scenery steeped in history and heritage in search of unique treasures and meet the people who spend their lives collecting them.
- Genre: Factual Series
- Where to watch: Watch Desert Collectors Season 2 on 7Plus
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 firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Short synopsis
- Streaming platform
- Link if possible
- Air/ stream date if unreleased
- Production Information (director/ writer/ producer/ production company)
Listen to our podcast – In Conversation with Screenwest for a behind the scenes look at the world of screen production as world-class film, television, documentary and digital media practitioners share their experiences, insight and expertise.
View the WA Screen Industry Calendar to see what’s happening in the screen industry in Western Australia.