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Photoplay is an independent production company, based in Sydney. Our newly established longform arm develops and produces smart, bold, relevant screen stories with quality production values by visionary talent. Stories that move, challenge and entertain their audience. Photoplay’s partnerships on award winning feature films Goldstone (Toronto International Film Festival), Berlin Syndrome (Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival) and Sweet Country (Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival) speak to this vision. We’re developing a slate of scripted projects in film, TV and online and are being supported in development by Screen Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Screen Queensland and Create NSW.

We only accept unsolicited material by literary or talent agents or by industry professionals who are known to us.

TEAM

Linda Micsko
EP / Head of Scripted
+61 438 792 399
linda@photoplay.co

Karen Radzyner
EP / Head of Development
+61 411 692 259
karen@photoplay.co

Oliver Lawrance
Founder / Managing Director
+61 412 265 078
oliver@photoplay.co

Scott Otto Anderson
Founder / Film Director
+61 414 560 858
scott@photoplay.co

 

Sweet Country
FEATURE FILM

Sweet Country

FEATURE FILM

Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, moves in with his family to help a returned soldier repair a cattle farm in the remote Australian outback in the 1920s. But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates, culminating in a violent shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defence. As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback.

Directed by Warwick Thornton
Written by Steven McGregor & David Tranter
Producers David Jowsey & Greer Simpkin
Production Company Bunya Productions
Production Partner Photoplay Films
Starring Hamilton Morris, Shanika Cole, Ewen Leslie, Sam Neill

Berlin Syndrome
FEATURE FILM

Berlin Syndrome

FEATURE FILM

While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photographer, Clare meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance, takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again. Ever.

Directed by Cate Shortland
Written by Shaun Grant
Adapted by Melanie Joosten from the book Berlin Syndrome
Produced by Aquarius Films in association with Photoplay Films
Starring Teresa Palmer & Max Riemelt

Goldstone
FEATURE FILM

Goldstone

FEATURE FILM

Indigenous Detective Jay Swan arrives in Goldstone on a missing persons enquiry. What seems like a simple investigation, however, opens a web of crime, corruption, trampling of land rights and human trafficking. Jay must pull his life together and bury his personal differences with a young local cop, so together they can bring justice to Goldstone.

Directed by Ivan Sen
Written by Ivan Sen
Producers David Jowsey & Greer Simpkin
Production Company Bunya Productions 
Production Partner Photoplay Films
Starring Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, Jacki Weaver.

The Lost Aviator
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

The Lost Aviator

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

Set in the Golden Age of Aviation, Andrew Lancaster follows the life and times of his great uncle, Captain Bill Lancaster. Against his family's wishes, he uncovers a fascinating tale of high adventures, obsession, a love triangle and a sensational murder trial.

Written & Directed by Andrew Lancaster
Produced by Noni Couell & Andrew Lancaster
Executive Producers Vincent Sheehan, Liz Watts & Christopher Chapman
Associate Producer Oliver Lawrance

 

Hairtales
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

Hairtales

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

You can comb over secrets for only so long.

Directed by Scott Otto Anderson & Cath Moore
Produced by Oliver Lawrance

A PHOTOPLAY Films documentary for the ABC.

 

 

A-Z Of Contemporary Art
TV MINISERIES

A-Z Of Contemporary Art

TV MINISERIES

Don’t know your Arts from your Emin? This two-part TV series for the Australian Broadcasting Commission will help you navigate the treacherous territory of the contemporary art world. Think of it as a bluffers guide to free wine if you must, dahh-ling.

Written/Hosted by Andrew Frost
Directed by Scott Otto Anderson
Produced by Oliver Lawrance

A PHOTOPLAY Films production for the ABC.

 

Greg’s First Day
SHORT FILM

Greg’s First Day

SHORT FILM

On his very first day at a finance firm, a young man loses his job and spends the day instead with his would-be mentor.

Directed by Scott Otto Anderson
Written by Lally Katz
Produced by Florence Tourbier

A PHOTOPLAY film.

Dream Life
TV MOVIE

Dream Life

TV MOVIE

The good life can be a nightmare. 

An MTV Drama produced by Porchlight Films.

Directed by Scott Otto Anderson
Produced by Linda Miscko
Executive Producer Liz Watts

The Suitor
SHORT FILM

The Suitor

SHORT FILM

When a nervous suitor arrives at the estate of a local matriarch, his hopes of a suitable match with her charming niece are soon challenged. Based on a story by the writer, Saki, this seductive tale of a young heiress has been transposed to the dry, sunburnt elegance of 1930s Australia.

Directed by Kate Riedl
Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Eamon Farren and Sacha Horler
Written by Matthew Dabner based on SAKI’s short story THE OPEN WINDOW
Produced by Karen Radzyner, Matthew Dabner, Anna Vincent and Chloe Lawrence-Hartcher
Executive Producer Kate Riedl
Production Company Dragonet Films 

Being Venice
FEATURE FILM

Being Venice

FEATURE FILM

Sometimes the men in a woman’s life bring nothing but trouble.

Written and Directed by Miro Bilbrough
Starring Garry Macdonald, Alice McConnell and Simon Stone
Produced by Karen Radzyner and Michael Wrenn
Production Company Dragonet Films 
Distributed by Curious Films and Wide Film Sales

Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo
TV MINI SERIES

Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo

TV MINI SERIES

The top-rating story of how a magazine legend was made and the people who made it became legends.

Directed by Daina Reid
Starring Asher Keddie as Ita Buttrose and Rob Carlton as Kerry Packer
Written by Christophe Lee
Produced by Karen Radzyner and John Edwards
Created by John Edwards, Imogen Banks and Christophe Lee
Production Company Southern Star 
Broadcaster ABC
Sales Company Southern Star