"Great Southern Landscapes"
ABC and Screen Australia have announced the commission of the new ABC art prime-time series "Great Southern Landscapes" (6x30mins), staring by art lover Rachel Griffiths. This time, Rachel trades famous Australian portraits for iconic landscapes in an entertaining fusion of art, social history, and travel. The series will come to ABC TV and ABC iview later in 2022. Rachel Griffiths, said: “I'll be taking ABC’s viewers on a fun, factual, at times surprising and very visual adventure from our beaches to our rivers, across our plains and lakes, up our mountains and down our valleys looking for the very spot where some of our most iconic paintings were made."
Jennifer Collins, ABC Head of Factual and Culture said: “'Finding the Archibald' was one of the ABC’s most successful series of 2021, and to have Rachel Griffiths return this year with her idea for 'Great Southern Landscapes' is thrilling. ABC is the home for quality Arts programming and to have an offering like this in the heart of the schedule, in prime-time, is so exciting.”
Alex West, Head of Documentary, Screen Australia said: “It's fantastic to see Rachel Griffiths, director Ariel White, and producer Dan Goldberg once again teaming up following the success of 'Finding the Archibald', this time with director Daniel King, to bring 'Great Southern Landscapes' to life. As the name suggests, audiences should prepare themselves for a visually stunning documentary that promises to be absorbing regardless of whether you're an art fanatic or not. Screen Australia is proud to continue to support documentaries filled with such passion and ambition."
STUFF THE BRITISH STOLE
Journalist Marc Fennell ("Mastermind"), will host "Stuff The British Stole", a new six-part series based on his acclaimed, award-winning ABC Podcast. The series begins filming this month and will air on ABC TV and ABC iview later this year and on CBC and CBC Gem in 2023.
This series of history-mysteries will be a wild, entertaining and visually stunning story of some of the most remarkable treasures acquired through the years of the British Empire and is set to air late this year. An Australia-Canada co-production, "Stuff the British Stole" is co-produced by Wooden Horse, WildBear Entertainment and Cream Productions (Canada) for the ABC and the CBC. Principal production funding from Screen Australia. Financed with support from the Canada Media Fund, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Ontario Creates, and Content Mint. Fremantle Media will distribute the series world-wide.
Jennifer Collins, ABC Head Factual and Culture, said: “We’re thrilled to partner with the CBC and bring this captivating podcast to television screens across Australia and Canada. Marc Fennell is a phenomenal host, and we can’t wait to see the mysteries of each object unfold.”