Gena Ashwell of Adelaide Studios based Dancing Road Productions has just returned from the International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast! She was selected by Creative Content Australia and @screenaustralia with two other mid-level career producers, Janelle Landers (Sydney) and Lisa Hoppe (Sydney). The recipients had the opportunity to meet key decision-makers, including senior executives from international film studios, independent distributors, major cinema chains and exhibitors from all over the country. Gena, Janelle and Lisa attended briefing sessions where key distributors present their upcoming feature film slates and the team gained valuable insights into the competitive landscape and learnt about current trends and issues affecting the local theatrical market. Recipients also had a series of one-on-one networking meetings.
dancing road productions has optioned Louis Nowra’s novel “Prince of Afghanistan”. Louis will also be writing the feature film screenplay and dancing road has been successful in receiving development funding from Screen Australia. This is a much loved novel and we are thrilled to be developing it for the big screen.
Ladies do you have a blockbuster of an idea gathering cyber dust? If so, we want to hear from you!
As part of the Gender Matters initiative run by Screen Australia, dancing road productions is seeking stories with great female protagonists, written by women. Women creatives and voices are vastly underrepresented in screen story telling and we need to address this issue front on! Screen Australia figures show that the imbalance is most notable in traditional film, with women accounting for 32% of producers, 23% of writers and only 16% of directors.
We at dancing road are keen to attract more talented women into our industry and find audience-pleasing stories that entertain and stimulate. If successful your idea would be developed into a feature film, so we want fascinating characters, a strong concept and it must make us smile! The first step is to send us a one pager outlining your concept. So women writers, heed the call! Feature film credits are not required.
Who are We?
Helen Leake and Gena Ashwell run dancing road productions, and between them they have produced seven feature films, from concept through to market. Their films have been invited to over forty major festivals and have sold world-wide. Together they bring forty years’ experience to the table and a successful history of developing careers and creating economic benefit to their home state of South Australia.
Gender Matters is a one-off initiative run by Screen Australia and the successful applicant will be part of our application for story development under this scheme.
Applications close COB 5th March and if you are successful you will be notified by 10th March.
Please email your idea to: email@example.com
We are currently talking to a number of our international partners in relation to a few specifically selected projects.
Here at dancing road we actively encourage co-productions, not only do they add creative value, but also push the boundaries, thus giving the audience a broader range of entertainment.
We are always on the look out for potential new partners.