SIXTEEN - AUSTRALIA
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction / Original script / Format 8×52’ / Writer(s): Veronica Gleeson / Producer(s): Nick Batzias, Veronica Gleeson, Virginia Whitwell (Good Thing Productions) / Development stage: Pilot script / Tv channel in the country of origin: TBD / International Sales: Wild Bunch TV
Sixteen girls disappear on an overnight hike. They return pregnant with a new species. Initially they can’t - or won’t - tell the adults around them where they went, and what they did. A strange form of captivity follows at their school, attracting the interest of government, pro-life organisations, scientists, conspiracy theorists and the media. During the unusually short gestation period, the girls’ teacher Maisie Bellows builds a coalition of supporters to help free the girls, and bring a new species into the world.
AUTHOR(S) PROFILE AND STATEMENT OF INTENT
Having held positions with Icon Films, Screen Australia and Madman Entertainment, Veronica Gleeson began her career as a film critic and playwright, before working as a development executive. Since turning her attention to writing and series creating three years ago, she has attracted the support and investment of federal and state funding agencies, as well as private financiers and sales companies.
GOALS AT THE EUROPEAN PROJECT AND TALENT FORUM
The aim with Sixteen is to attract international partners for this distinctive, high-end material that has the potential to resonate globally, and for successive seasons to be produced in locations around the world. We hope to connect with creatively like-minded co- production collaborators with the power and expertise to realise the project.
Formerly Madman Production Co., Good Thing Productions is freshly established in 2018. It is a Melbourne-based outfit helmed by Nick Batzias, alongside Head of Production Virginia Whitwell. It continues the work of the Madman slate with boutique development and production of a number of documentary, narrative feature and television projects. Wild Bunch is a leading independent European film & TV content distribution and production services company. Its label Wild Bunch TV is dedicated to coproduction and international distribution of TV series.