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Bored Olives - Third Million $ Movie Announced

4 September 1998

The third feature film to be produced under the Australian Film Commission/SBS Independent Million $ Movie initiative has been announced.

BORED OLIVES is one of five feature films to be produced, each with a budget of $1 million, as part of the Australian Film Commission's on-going agenda to identify, nurture and develop new Australian filmmaking talent.

Directed by Belinda Chayko, produced by Bruce Redman and written by Stephen Davis, BORED OLIVES is a bittersweet comedy about one night in the lives of six young people working in a Brisbane pizza joint, as they confront questions of love, identity and the meaning of life.

The two Million $ Movies already funded are FRESH AIR, which is currently in post-production, and A WRECK, A TANGLE which is about to begin pre-production.

FRESH AIR, written by Neil Mansfield over six years, was supported in the first round of the Australian Film Commission's New Screenwriters Scheme and is produced by one of Australia's leading young producers Rosemary Blight, who has also been supported throughout her career by the Australian Film Commission.

A WRECK, A TANGLE brings together for their first feature director Scott Patterson and writer John O'Brien, who have collaborated on several projects including the short film LESSONS IN THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE which premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. Producing her first feature film is Nikki Roller.

Million $ Movies is a joint initiative of the Australian Film Commission and SBS Independent in association with Beyond Films, the Premium Movie Partnership and UK Channel 4.

The Australian Film Commission, described by its chairman Maureen Barron as being in the 'discovery' business of new Australian projects and talent, is the principal investor in Million $ Movies. The Pacific Film and Television Commission is also a major investor in BORED OLIVES.

"The Australian Film Commission welcomes the opportunity to work with the Pacific Film and Television Commission, alongside its other partners, in the first Million $ Movie to be funded for production in Queensland," says Tim Read, Director of Film Development at the Australian Film Commission.

The Australian Film Commission also has announced projects funded recently under the New Screenwriters Scheme. The Scheme identifies new film talent and nurtures these writers through funding and mentor support. They are:

Based on the transcripts of the Woods Royal Commission, this script examines the world of an inner city brothel where sex workers are paid in drugs.

HOPE - Michael Dinic:
Fleeing the horrors of the Bosnian war, 13-year-old Nada and her mother Gordana find refuge in the quiet streets of suburban Adelaide. Here they must learn to come to terms with the burden of their recent experience and their desperate need to assimilate into this new yet unfamiliar environment.

MEN NOT TALKING - Jonathan Empson:
The story of four people who are united by geographical circumstances and how their lives are utterly changed by their meeting - two young men in America finding their lives at an impasse decide to go surfing and eventually arrive in Australia in search of the perfect wave; a suicidal woman grieving about the death of her Japanese lover; and a brutish escaped convict intent on revenge.

SAM'S STORY - Joe Morley:
Sam and his three late adolescent friends are at a time in their lives when the decisions they make will determine who they are and the direction in which their friendship will take them.

A drug dealer is shot dead by a cop. The dead man's girlfriend and her young daughter attempt to flee, however she is persuaded by an investigative journalist to go to the press.

THE FIRST QUESTION - Samantha Jennings
A young girl struggles to escape artifice through love, but comes to realise that sincerity is not as simple an ideal as she had thought.

Set in the 1880s, a hard working Chinese immigrant is wronged by racist Anglo-Australians and, forsaking his ethics, sets out on life as a bushranger.

KILL SOPHIE - Al Turello
When Sophie decides she wants to testify against a New York mob boss, the FBI is keen to protect her in as remote a location as possible. That's how an Australian detective becomes her guardian angel on a remote Queensland island. When the mob hitman arrives, the triangle is complete.

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