Further support for Tasmania’s screen industry during COVID-19

Elise Archer,Minister for the Arts

The Tasmanian Government is committed to supporting the State’s cultural and creative sector as we recover and rebuild from COVID-19.

Tasmania’s screen industry has shown its creativity during COVID-19, finding new ways to keep productions on track and we are supporting that determination with another $114,000 in support through Screen Tasmania.

With writers and producers adapting to remote working and home offices, and our game development sector remaining active online, four more film and TV projects and another two video games will be ready for full scale production as restrictions continue to ease.

The industry has shown that screen production can be undertaken in a COVID-safe way, and we have now supported 25 projects with a total of $443,500 in Project Development funding since the beginning of March, including the $250,000 Additional Screen Development Fund, which was one of our COVID-19 Cultural and Creative Industries Stimulus Support measures.

Four new film and TV projects will share in $74,000 of Project Development funding, headlined by North-west Tasmanian production company Big hART’s documentary All of Us.

All of Us will track former Australian of the Year, Rosie Battie and former Tasmanian of the Year, Scott Rankin as they create a theatre piece sharing Rosie’s extraordinary story of courage to stand up in the midst of incredibly difficult circumstances.

Award-winning Tasmanian actress Marta Dusseldorp has also been supported through her production company Archipelago Productions to develop a new drama series Bay of Fires with multi-award-winning writer Andrew Knight (Rake, Hacksaw Ridge, Seachange) and Tasmanian writer Max Dann (Siam Sunset, H20: Just Add Water).

The details of all supported projects can be found at www.screen.tas.gov.au

In 2019-20 more than 200 jobs were supported and $5.1 million was spent in Tasmania on screen productions supported by the Government, leveraged from $1.18 million in production investment through Screen Tasmania.

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