Tasmanian McLeod’s Daughters spin-off in the works!
Written by Josh Agnew on June 17, 2020
Writer of the beloved Australian televisions series McLeod’s Daughters, Posie Graeme-Evans has confirmed the show will be getting a second life in TASMANIA, with the state government announcing funding for the program on Wednesday!
As part of the Tasmanian Government’s $3.5 million Cultural and Creative Industries Stimulus Package as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tasmanian state government have delivered $250,000 of new funding to assist screen practitioners develop new screen projects through Screen Tasmania.
Acclaimed Tasmanian producer and writer Posie Graeme Evans, alongside a high-calibre creative team, has also received $20,000 to develop an exciting feature drama spin-off of McLeods Daughters.
As the creator of the original series, Posie Graeme-Evans will revisit and explore new stories of her beloved characters in McLeods of Drovers Run.
This program provides a much-needed economic injection into the industry, which has been heavily impacted by a global shutdown of screen productions.
The adaptation of an award-winning Tasmanian novel and the prequel of one of Australia’s most successful television series are among the 13 successful projects to benefit from the Tasmanian Government’s Additional Screen Development Round.
In a statement on Instagram last night, McLeod’s Daughters writer Posie Grame-Evans said “we’re developing a feature film. It’s called “The McLeods of Drovers Run” and I started writing the story a couple of months ago.”
“TODAY we heard that we’ve got backing from Screen Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government to write the very first stage of the movie. This is such a vote of confidence in McLeods. And I promise, as we develop the story with the very talented screen writer Emma Jensen (“Mary Shelley” and the upcoming release, “I am Woman” – the Helen Reddy story) that I’ll keep you with us every step of the way.”
“We’re just at the beginning, the very beginning, but we’re on our way. No promises, but I have such a good feeling about this.”
‘Flames’ was another sucsessful applicant of the package. Flames, written by Tasmanian author Robbie Arnott (winner of the 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelest and Premier’s Literary Prizes’ Margaret Scott Prize), will be developed into a six-part television series thanks to $20,000 in funding.
To be produced by Jungle Entertainment (A Moody Christmas, No Activity, Bad Mothers), Flames is a unique tale of love, grief and family, tracing a journey across Tasmania, with Arnott to work as a consultant on the series.
Although the impacts of COVID-19 have been felt by our creative industries, the pandemic has also lead to a period of intensive development for many Tasmanian screen makers. We are delighted to support many of them through our funding programs, creating opportunities and securing jobs.
The project teams will be ready to seek production finance and for cameras to roll as restrictions continue to lift.
For a full list of the successful applicants in the Additional Screen Development Round, go to www.screen.tas.gov.au