First time director, Cherie Nowlan will benefit from a decision by the Australian Film Commission and the New South Wales Film and Television Office to co-invest in the feature film, Thank God He Met Lizzie. This is the first time the two funding agencies have co-invested in a feature film.
Thank God He Met Lizzie will be distributed by REP in Australasia and the Becker Group Limited throughout the rest of the world.
Screenplay is by Alexandra Long and producer is Jonathan Shteinman, who produced the award-winning film Angel Baby.
Cherie Nowlan made her directorial debut in 1991 with the ABC/BBC co-production documentary God's Girls and her short film Lucinda, 31 was invited to screen at this month's prestigious New Directors, New Films festival in New York, presented by the Museum of Modern Art Film Department and the Film Society of the Lincoln Centre.
Alexandra Long is a novelist, short story writer and screenwriter. Her first book The Year of Christiana Cleaves was commended in the Fellowship of Australia Writers Awards and her second book, a selection of short stories, I Took My Harp to a Party, received a Special Mention in the 1993 National Book Council Awards. A story from this book, Lucinda and the Girl in the Sarong, was adapted by Cherie Nowlan for the short film Lucinda, 31.
Cherie and Alexandra met while studying scriptwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.
Jonathan Shteinman is one of Australia's most successful young producers. His credits as Producer or Executive Producer include Dad and Dave - On Our Selection, and The Roly Poly Man.
"The great mid-life crisis of our generation is loving what you had more than what you've got and that's exactly what this bittersweet romantic comedy script by Alexandra Long catches so perfectly in a way that is very original and fresh - she's turned convention inside out," said Tim Read, Director of Film Development at the AFC.
"And it's perfect timing that the New Directors, New Films festival in New York this week has given a wonderful reception to Cherie Nowlan's film Lucinda, 31. It is a tribute to the talent of the bright, new Australian director who will direct Lizzie,.
"The AFC is also very happy to be co-investing in Lizzie with the New South Wales Film & Television Office - a first, put together by producer Jonathan Shteinman, who has also involved REP and the Becker Group as the Australian distributor and world sales agent.
"It is a terrific team for a film that sits well alongside the Commission's other recent feature investments, What I Have Written, which attracted great attention at the Berlin Film Festival and is being distributed by Beyond Films, and Road To Nhill which is currently in post-production."